Graduate Project Title
Date of Degree Completion
Master of Education (MEd)
Nancy E. Jurenka
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Literature regarding the early developmental processes of (1) writing, (2) spelling, and (3) phonemic awareness for children between the ages of five and seven were reviewed. The literature stated that all three of these processes develop simultaneously through a series of very specific stages. Writing in kindergarten and first grade needs to be practiced daily and treated like a free activity without restriction of copious spelling rules. It was further regarded that spelling should be considered a life long evolving skill that should not stifle the early writer. A program to guide teachers as they help first grade children to become young writers was created. This program incorporated the current Washington state mandated Essential Learnings from the Commission on Student Learning. Real classroom experiences were discussed and children's writing samples illustrated certain developmental stages.
Fry, Julie LaRee, "Elements of a First Grade Writing Program" (1997). All Graduate Projects. 517.
Early Childhood Education Commons, Educational Methods Commons, Language and Literacy Education Commons