|Posted by Eilis on February 8, 2012 at 7:35 PM|
I had one of those moments today. The kids have been making a journal entry each day since we started back in January. We eat lunch in our classroom, and it works beautifully to have each child work on his/her journal as he/she finishes lunch (before starting free choice centers). I am able to spend a few minutes with the kids teaching them how to invent their spellings. I have one child who started late in the year and does not yet know the names or sounds of half of the letters. I can dictate letter names to him to work on this. I have other students who are beginning to read and do their writing completely independently. Most fall in between. They tell me what they drew and I help them hear the sounds of the words they want to write.
Anyway, our schedule was interrupted by unexpected guests from another class today. As the kids finished lunch, I gave them another activity to do since the guests would not have journals and frankly I had too many kids to do what we usually do. My kids were really disappointed. I discovered that they really love their journal time. I knew it was really helping them to "get" reading and writing. I didn't realize how much they enjoy the activity. Wow.
Here are some samples: