By Nina Makofsky A Book of Their Own Just because preschool students do not write fluently does not mean that they cannot participate in engaging, challenging writing activities. Activate their imaginations with writing activities that go beyond tracing letters to involve pre-K students in the power of print. Developmentally appropriate writing projects promote early literacy and set the groundwork for lifelong lovers of the written word. Journals Introduce journaling to preschoolers as a way to express their ideas, thoughts and feelings.
Ten tips for keeping a journal in preschool Thinking about starting up a journal with your students? There are many ways to approach the experience of keeping a journal in preschool. As you read about our journals, I hope you will be inspired to take what we do and run off in a direction that works best for your students.
For today, I am just going to give you a little sneak peak at our journals and ten simple tips I use for keeping a journal… Tip 1: Choose your method for keeping a journal In our classroom, we use a blank book for our journals.
I buy two sets each school year.
The pages of the first blank book are usually filled up by the end of December and we begin with a new blank book in January. I have seen folks use pocket folders with clasps in the center to hold paper, file folders with holes punched in the center, or spiral bound notebooks.
Whatever your choice is, keep in mind how your journals will do over the long term a matter of several months and how well the children will be able to manage their journals during that time… Tip 2: Choose where you will keep your journals We keep our journals in a clear file holder on the wall.
The children can get them out on their own and put them away on their own. We talk about this at the beginning of the school year and remind the children not to put their journals in their cubbies but to keep them in our journal holder so we will have them all throughout the school year… Tip 3: Choose your writing tool for your journals We use good quality Crayola crayons in our journals for several reasons… One reason is that good quality crayons are bright, colorful, and easier for preschool age children to work with.
With colored pencils, for example, the drawings seem to be too light to see clearly. This is due to still building fine motor strength and control. A second reason is that crayons are less messy than using something like markers. Markers will bleed through the paper or smear and in time, this can make for one messy looking journal which does not do a very good job of inviting the children to do their best work.
A third reason is because crayons tend to keep the children focused on the drawing or writing process rather than on exploring a tool. With pencils, for example, our students want to explore the erasing more than the writing or they can easily get distracted by wanting to sharpen their pencils.
So we save the markers, pencils, and other writing tools for the other writing experiences in our classroom and stick with the crayons for our journals… Tip 4: Consider how often your students will write or draw in their journal In my classroom, we have journal time once a week but I am considering changing that next year.
I think next year we will stick with the once a week for the first half of the year so I can make sure the children have a good grasp on how to use and care for and write or draw in our journals. Then for the second half of our school year, I would like to leave the journal experience open to the children to explore anytime they would like… Tip 5: Give your students guidance on your journal process At the beginning of the school year, I walk my students through the process of opening the cover of their journal, then go page by page until they come to the first page that is still left blank before they begin adding something new.
Finding the next new page helps the children to use their journals in an organized fashion. Finding the next new page helps us the teachers or parents to go back through the timeline of their journal entries.
Starting at the beginning and finding the next new page emulates the reading and story telling process for the kids. We do not add our own words to the story or modify their story — we just condense it. We almost always add a quick date below each journal entry for the parents to see the timeline on journal entries when the journals go home.
Even though it may look like a blob to me, it may very well be a meaningful picture to the child and scribbling anything is definitely an important part of the beginning stages of writing.Writing Ideas and Prompts for Kindergartens— Though your kindergarten students may not have highly developed writing skills to express their thoughts, they do .
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