During our 'How We Express Ourselves' unit of inquiry, Denzil worked on creating his own stories. Here is one that he created in his stories journal. He used his drawings skills and his knowledge of letters and sounds to record his story with illustrations and writing. Ms. Alison thinks this is an example of Denzil's best work because he took risks to invent stories using his creativity and imagination.
Denzil is beginning to recognize basic sight words, sound out new words, and use the illustrations to help him read. This activity shows that he is knowledgeable because he is applying his understanding of letter-sound relationships and the strategies we use during shared reading to read independently.
Denzil said: "I can read this book because I use the pictures to help me."
Denzil 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 Denzil's journal and free writing work. Denzil confidently takes chances in writing and works hard to record his ideas, using his own knowledge and sound and alphabet charts for support. His journal work shows that he can correctly identify many beginning and ending consonant sounds as well as some vowels. He is having fun experimenting with directionality and spacing. Keep it up Denzil!
In K1AC, we love the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. Students often ask for the story to be re-read and it is always a popular choice for independent reading.
Last week Denzil started reading the book aloud during an independent reading session. The video below demonstrates Denzil's development as an emergent reader as he practices "memorized reading" using his memory of the story, beginning concept of word and print, and the illustrations as prompts.
We read a book called "And Here's To You" by David Elliott, which talked about all of the things the author loves. We had a discussion about the things we love and recorded our ideas with words, drawings, and voices.