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Journals are a great tool for your child to practice and experiment expressing their ideas, creativity, and feelings through their writing. Journals are also great for inventive spelling and word play. Each student will have a writing journal that they keep in their desk. The children will be given opportunities to share stories, free write, and much more! Writing journals also allow students to incorporate sight words and spelling words as they write. Journals are kept as a portfolio of your child’s writing and given to you at the end of the year. You'll be amazed at your child's writing progress over nine months!
Along with daily journals, the students will be learning to write more formal, structured pieces as well. Narrative, Persuasive, Research, and Poetry "workshops" will be held each quarter.
Reading and writing go hand-in-hand. Many times, a lesson may start out with a famous picture book that outlines a particular writing trait (ideas, word choice, conventions, voice, organization, sentence fluency, presentation). After recognizing the author's writing techniques, we work to develop our own writing skills and hopefully begin to unconsciously use these skills each time that we write.
In order to help encourage the writing process, we also make class books. Class books are a way for all children to contribute to a project no matter what their reading or writing level is. Each student writes and illustrates a page that is bounded and displayed. I have found that the students LOVE to re-read these books over and over. They even can take them home to share with family members if they'd like. I hope you enjoy reading them just as much as we enjoy making them!