Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Reading! Happy Thanksgiving!

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

After Ms. Smith read a book about the Pilgrims to her students, she had them summarize what it was about in a writing session for Morning Message. First she helped the kids brainstorm to answer the question. Then the writing process began.

"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?"

"Pilgrims. P-p-p, what's that letter? Who wants to print the "P" in Pilgrim?"

"Great, now what's next? P-i-i-i-l."

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!

The kids also got to draw their own pictures, recounting their favorite parts of the morning. Some recorded hearing the book, others retold the Pilgrims' progress to their feast with friendly Native Americans. Here are a few examples below: