Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Our Kindergarteners Can Write

This is the question Ms. Joyce Smith asked her kindergarteners to think about:

And this is the answer they came up with and wrote themselves:

Kindergarteners writing out a complex sentence, kindergarteners printing so clearly is pretty impressive. So is the way this collectively written sentence came about.

First Ms. Smith helps the kids brainstorm to answer the question. Then the writing process begins.

"Our sentence starts with The. Can anyone tell me its first letter? That's right, it's a T. Would you like to write it on our paper?"

"Big. B-b-b-, what's that letter? Do you want to print the "b" in big?"

"Great, now what's next? B-i-i-i-g."

And this is how it goes. Some children screwing up their courage to write a letter. Some ready to print a whole word. Big pieces of correcting type and reassurance allows mistakes to be redone.

In kindergarten, it takes a village to write a sentence. Or better said, the whole village gets to participate!