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Wednesday, January 21, Journal Writing in Preschool Lately, I have spent a lot of time in prek classrooms looking at what students are doing during journal time.
Unfortunately, I have seen a lot of tracing and letter copying rather than authentic journal free writing. With this in mind, I decided to put together a post about journal writing. While this post is specific to prek, I believe the same elements can be transferred and modified to work in a kindergarten classroom.
Writing Tools Journal writing typically involves some type of spiral bound notebook, a folder with paper clasped inside, or a handful of paper stapled together to make a book.
Journal writing is not random sheets of paper that are kept in various places or sent home at the end of each day. To get started, you will want to consider what type of journals you will use, how you will store them so that your students can access them easily and independently, and what types of writing tools you will provide your students.
Preschoolers need wide open spaces for writing, therefore I suggest using unlined paper rather than any type of lined paper, even large lined or spaced paper.
Years ago, I switched from having my students use pencils to write with to having them use markers. When using pencils, I found that my students spent more time erasing and correcting their writing rather than just writing and drawing. Crayons are another good writing tool option and tend to be less messy than markers.
How to Begin You will have to guide your preschoolers through the journal writing process. This means that you will have to model demonstrate not tell every aspect of the process. You will have to show students how to turn to the next page without skipping pages, you will have to demonstrate how to choose a topic by thinking out loud, and you will have to model how to draw a picture, add detail, and sound out words.
Morning message, labeling the classroom, predictable charts, taking dictation, making lists, and writing class letters are just a few ways to use shared and interactive writing to model the process for your students. Time Frame There are a variety of ways students can write each day including whole group charting, working in the writing center, making a class book page, and journaling.
You will want to provide your students with a variety of writing experiences, so you may not have them journal everyday, but you will want to aim for journal writing at least 3 days each week.
In the beginning, you may want to start with about 10 minutes of journaling and over the year gradually work up to minutes as you see that your students are ready. Dictation Young writers can benefit from dictation. Students draw a picture, tell you about their picture, and you write down their words for them.
For your youngest preschoolers, you may want to simply label their pictures for them. Older preschoolers might dictate whole or multiple sentences that tell a simple story.
Taking dictation models how to stretch out sounds and write words, show the connection between letter sounds and letters, and demonstrate conventions of print such as capitalization and punctuation.
What Happens During Journal Time Guide your students by modeling how to draw a picture, write a sentence, label a picture, etc. Students can draw a picture, tell you about their picture, and you can write down the child's words for them. Rather than asking a student what they drew, try a more open ended response such as tell me about your drawing.
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