During our 'How We Express Ourselves' unit of inquiry, Ayesha worked on creating her own stories. Here is one that she created in her stories journal. She used her drawings skills and her knowledge of letters and sounds to record her story with illustrations and writing. Ms. Alison thinks this is an example of Ayesha's best work because she took risks to invent stories using her creativity and imagination.
Ayesha is beginning to recognize basic sight words, sound out new words, and use the illustrations to help her read. This activity shows that she is knowledgeable because she is applying her understanding of letter-sound relationships and the strategies we use during shared reading to read independently.
Ayesha said: "I looked at the words and I really understand. The books shows me all the words and I keep reading all the time."
Ayesha's favourite part of our 'How We Express Ourselves' unit of inquiry was creating films using the iPads and hosting a film festival for our parents and schoolmates. She wanted to include this piece of work in her portfolio because: "My team did something for me and I followed them. I did the fruits. My favourite part was setting up for the film. I like making movies on the iPad."
Last week, Ayesha shared some interesting work in our Morning Meeting. She had completed a compass points chart for the story of Rapunzel during her free playtime! The compass points chart is something that we completed as a class in preparation for the three little pigs visit to our classroom. Ayesha drew pictures of her Needs, Excitement, Worries, and Suggestions based on her understandings of the story. This work shows that Ayesha is capable of sophisticated thinking and analysis. She took action with work we had completed as a class and applied it to her own activities. Well done Ayesha!
Ayesha now knows all of the letters in the alphabet and many of the sounds these letters make. She is independently applying this knowledge to her writing. She is working on reviewing and consolidating her alphabet-sound knowledge by completing sound sorts in her word study journal like the one below:
As emergent writers, we are always taking risks in writing. We are experimenting with sounds and letter formations, as well as pencil grip and different writing tools. As the year continues we are learning to make more and more letter and sound connections to express our ideas through writing. In our journals we do our best to add labels, descriptions, or short stories to our drawings. We also participate in free writing sessions where we write whatever we want for one to two minutes and use the writing centre and class mailbox to communicate through writing during free play.
Here is some of Ayesha's journal and free writing work. Ayesha has a strong sense of the consonant sounds in the words she writes and is passionately exploring independent writing and letter formation at home and school.