It has been one WILD weekend at our house. It seems like
My husband bought new bikes, so we have been going on
Had a couple of questions about my guided writing procedure on the first day of school. I have the kids bring over a clipboard, 2 pencils, and a journal paper. Together we brainstorm ideas to write about. Typically the first day we write a short sentence like: I like school. Then we together say the sentence holding up a finger for each word. Then I use the same exact paper they have on my SMARTBoard. We sound each sound out together and I model how to make each letter we are writing. We talk about leaving space. After our sentence is over, we point to each word and read the sentence together.
Then our journal paper has space at the top for us to draw a picture. We discuss what things we might want in the picture. Then step by step, we draw a picture together. We might draw a picture of ourselves on the first day. We first would draw the head at the top, then feeling our own head we discuss what things we need to add on the head(hair, ears, eyes, etc.) Next we move onto our neck, body, etc. and finally ending up with our feet. Once are feet are done, we put something for us to stand on...it might be carpet or grass.
After the picture, we label our picture. I ask the kids who they drew a picture of and they say "me". So, I give them a choice they can either write the word "me" or write their name above picture.
Once we are done, the kids go back to their seat and use crayons to color in their picture. I then model for the students how to put this first day of journal writing in their journal binder. I then call one table at a time to practice this procedure.
I have done guided journal writing this way for over 15 years and it is truly something that I can honestly say that I have never had to change how I teach writing. The only thing that I have ever changed are the different topics that we write about based upon different things we do, theme changes throughout social studies/science. BELIEVE ME, it works with all levels of students.
SueBeth and I are currently working on a monthly writing packet that will have the new Common Core Standards. It will give you samples of writings to do each day during the month according to themes and the different types of writings that we have to do in kindergarten. Our "new" journal covers should be up for you this week, too.
Tomorrow is our last day of our Leader In Me Training, so that will free SueBeth and I up on finalizing some of our ideas for this summer. Let me know if you have any questions on Day 1 of kindergarten journal writing.