Young children love to express themselves and share their ideas. Often, when they start writing, they look for help with the ever popular question: “How do you spell . . . ?” It is easy to fall into the trap of answering that question when your child is so earnest about getting his message onto paper. However, this practice can backfire in several ways. When parents or caretakers get into the habit of calling out the correct letters to a word as their child writes each letter, they deny their child an opportunity to solve his problem by applying what he has learned about letters and sounds, they interrupt his thoughts, they take some ownership of the project away from the child, and they diminish the opportunity for their child to feel independent.