Cameron is becoming more and more confident with the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make. As he consolidates this knowledge, he is beginning to apply it to his independent writing. In this activity, Cameron sorted the sounds 'c' and 'd' using picture cards in his word study notebook.
Cam thinks this is an example of his best work because: "I got to colour and put the stickers on. I had good ideas." Ms. Alison agrees that this story is an example of Cam's best work because, although he was originally nervous and hesitant, he took a risk to create an original story using his own imagination.
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 Cameron's journal and free writing work. Cam has committed himself to always labelling his pictures with words and is having fun experimenting with letter-sound relationships.