When I started teaching Kindergarten (after teaching 2nd grade for 4 years) I wasn’t sure how a writer’s notebook could fit into my day when they couldn’t write or read. Aaaahhhh!!!!
Then, I realized drawing is writing as much as words and sentences. In years past, I started using a writer’s notebook in January when my writers were able to write a sentence or two. Last year, I started writer’s notebooks at the end of September (basically when I started them in 2nd grade) instead of waiting till mid-year. The beginning of the year I start simple. I use color poems and they draw various things and eventually label them. Then, gradually words becoming phrases and phrases become sentences.
The results…amazing. Seeing the growth and how they developed as a writer… so rewarding. Witnessing their love of writing…priceless!
Here are some snippets of our writer’s notebooks(I included some of mine too as I feel strongly that that teachers should be writing too. Students need to see their teacher as a writer too! It’s my favorite part of the day as it is many of my K writers favorite time, too!):