Ms. Alison thinks this is an example of Daniel's best work because he worked creatively and collaboratively with a team of friends to create an original story using imagination and new apps. He was able to retell 'High Above the Sky' with detail and explain how it made him feel.
Daniel's favourite part of our 'How We Express Ourselves' unit of inquiry was our field trip to the Big Eyes, Big Minds Singapore International Children's Film Festival. He wanted to include this experience in his portfolio because of his favourite film 'High Above the Sky'. He said: "The film festival was so fun. It was so crazy when he went inside the rocket and went to space but actually he was sleeping."
When Daniel returned to school he was very interested in creating his own films. He worked as part of a team to create this:
Daniel has been working on consolidating his alphabet knowledge and gaining confidence to apply it consistently in his writing. After sorting picture cards of words that start with the sounds 'b', 'm', 'r', and 's' in his word study journal, he worked with a friend to label picture cards for 'r' and 'm' words using sticky notes:
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 Daniel's journal and free writing work. Daniel confidently takes chances in writing and works hard to record his ideas, using his own knowledge and sound and alphabet charts for support. Daniel has a strong understanding of consonant sounds and is experimenting with vowel sounds now too.