I absolutely love this time of year because many of my students are ready to begin the writing process and implement what they have learned about letters/sounds and a few high frequency words. This gives me a really good idea as to where each student is at. Students in the early years develop their writing in stages. Understsanding this progression helps us understand at what stage our students are at and what to expect from them. More importantly, to appreciate where they are developmentally and celebrate their efforts and accomplishments. The picture on the left outlines this progression.
Evolution of A Child’s Writing
In the link below you will find a more detailed description of this process.
During the month of February we focus on the importance of friendship and write about it. Each day they are at school, my students will be choosing a different friend to write about. This will be written in their heart-shaped writing book (a sample page displayed on the left). If you are a member, the templates to complete this project is provided for you in the Valentines theme unit.
Preparing for Writing Success and Independence
Modeling any activity you wish your students to complete prior to assigning it, is the key to success. Together as a class we would brainstorm for ideas and I would model the writing process. I would also model how I would plan what to draw. We would also brainstorm for possible high frequency words that could be used and I would ensure these are readily available for the students to use as a reference.
Letter Formation and Picture Guide
In observing my students I also learned that they need a letter formation guide with a picture clue of what sound that letter makes because they forget when required to transfer this to a writing situation. I frequently saw them referring to our wall where the letters are posted alphabetically with the picture that is related to that sound (the characters found in the alphabet readers and animated song video). I realized they needed something that they could place beside them for a quicker reference. A photograph of this guide is displayed on the right. If you are a member, login to your account and access this printing and sound guide from the link “Alphabet Program” and the “Alphabet Pictures”.
Student Names and Pictures
I also supply each writer with a list of class names with their picture posted beside it. This allows for greater independence.
Another Writing Activity
The templates below could be placed in your “Writing Center” where the students would be writing to each other.
Valentine Fabulous Freebies
Children will enjoy creating heart-shaped animals in relation to the Valentines theme. This activity will allow the students to let their creativity flow. Provide them with a heart-shaped template provided for the body and allow them to create a animal shaped face to attach to the body. The photograph to the left is an example of what they can create. If you are a member, you will have access to these templates.
Children will enjoy improving their fine-motor skills and extending their learning of number recognition, color and word recognition to complete this activity. There are two versions of this activity. The first version requires them to identify colors in order to complete the activity. The second version requires them to identify the color words in order to complete the activity.
Valentine Card for Students
In the link below you will find a card I created for my students. Copy, fold and sign.
Valentine Mouse Maze
After reading the emergent reader “Valentine Mice” as a shared reading experience, the maze worksheet below would be a great follow-up. The children will help the mouse find the cheese.
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