Natalie is not a big fan of invented/phonetic spelling. She’ll do it, but she doesn’t really like it!
We recently made her a personal word wall in a file folder. I always had a word wall in my classroom, and as I introduced sight words, we would add them to the wall. So, this is just a mini-version of that.
Natalie can already read all these words, she just can’t remember how to spell them. This has been a great tool for her. She always uses it during journal-writing, but I have also noticed her pulling it out to use when writing letters and notes.
For now, I am adding words mostly at her request. Sometimes, we look back through her journal and find words she uses often, but misspells. She loves it and I can tell it makes her feel more confident when she writes.
Anybody else use a word wall, word folder, or other word bank system? I would love to hear your ideas!