During our 'How We Express Ourselves' unit of inquiry, Lucy 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. Lucy wanted to include this piece of work in her portfolio because "I like it. There was water up to their necks. I did a good job of writing." Ms. Alison agrees that this is an example of Lucy's best work because she took risks to invent stories using her creativity and imagination.
Lucy has been working on consolidating her alphabet knowledge and gaining confidence to apply it consistently in her writing. Here is an example of the sorting work she completes in her word study journal. In this activity she worked on sorting picture cards of words that start with the sounds 'b', 'm', 'r', and 's':
Lucy created this story using the iPad app 'Draw & Tell':
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 Lucy's journal and free writing work. Lucy confidently takes chances in writing and works hard to record her ideas, using her own knowledge and sound and alphabet charts for support.