Do you ever get tired of “How do you spell?” or “I don’t know what to write about it.” My kids learn from day one that I am not a walking dictionary and I encourage them to use their first grade spelling, the word wall or their word lists.
I introduce word lists from day one. And I give my students access to many word choices and versions. I usually have the larger words in a pocket chart for them to refer to as we write about coming back to school. The backline words go into their writing folders.