Little Lincoln Writing Philosophy:
Writing is a large part of the Little Lincoln kindergarten curriculum and is broken up into writing and handwriting:

Students using the Little Lincoln curriculum are taught how to form the letters and numbers correctly on the handwriting lines throughout the academic year. This instruction is closely tied to the reading curriculum so that the students understand what the letters look like, what sound they make, and then learn the handwriting strokes associated with the letter.

Writing is the process of putting one’s thoughts onto paper, and Little Lincoln students are encouraged to write at the beginning of the year. Handwriting during this process will not be perfect, and students are instructed to try their best and write the words as they hear them. The purpose of the Little Lincoln writing curriculum is to develop a foundation for creative and analytical thinking as they develop their skills in spelling and handwriting.

Your kindergarten student will develop a foundation for handwriting and will apply those skills in order to:

  • Recognize that words are written left-to-right and top-to-bottom on the page
  • Write and post names/labels to show possession
  • Leave spaces between words
  • Understand how a writing utensil is held correctly and how to control its directionality
  • Connect speech to print
  • Write with phonetically-spelled words
  • Identify the basic elements of a sentence
  • Use sentence frames to complete sentences
  • Read and revise charts, stories, letters, journals, etc.
  • Learn about the purpose of dialogue
  • Learn that facts are true sentences that teach something
  • Learn how to listen for and write sounds as words
  • Use periods at the end of sentences
  • Use descriptive words in a word web to describe a person
  • Write questions words and illustrate questions
  • Recognize and use the handwriting lines: headline, midline, baseline, and 6 basic handwriting strokes, good posture, paper position, and pencil position

Your kindergarten student will develop an understanding of the relationship between letters and words in order to:

  • Learn to identify and write all uppercase letters of the alphabet
  • Learn to identify and write all lowercase letters of the alphabet
  • Form and write words using all lowercase or uppercase letters
  • Recognize that words are made up of letters
  • Distinguish between uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet

Your kindergarten student will learn to express himself with phonetically-correct, ageappropriate skills and will practice to write:

  • Numbers
  • Words that name objects
  • Sentences that tell about a story he heard
  • Informational sentences about an object, person, or place
  • List of opposites
  • List of words that begin with a specific letter of the alphabet
  • Sentences about various topics
  • About his favorite objects, people, seasons, activities, etc
  • About how the main character felt in a story
  • Questions
  • Sentences with strong action words