So this is my first year having my students do journals. I’ve heard of it but have never actually seen it done in a preschool class. I knew right away that these journals weren’t the typical “have the child write about something and draw a quick picture.” I wanted to try it. I made my journals from plain white copy paper – they color with crayons, and write in pen or pencil. What we started doing at the beginning of the year was have them draw a picture – anything they wanted – and then they would tell one of us what it was and we would write it down for them. We also had them write their name – or at least try to write their name – everyday in their journal. This went well.
After a couple months of this routine, we started to sound out the words as we wrote what they had written. We would say the letter we were writing and the sound it made. We did this until Christmas break. In January, we had them take the pen from us and we walked them through sounding out and writing the words for themselves. It’s been going well since then. I would love to see them do this for themselves (at least the ones who I think are ready) but they just don’t feel confident doing that without one of us sitting right there with them. But it would be nice to see them try to write words on their own – hopefully they will soon.
Anyway, I got to wondering how many other preschool teachers journal in their classroom? What does it entail? What’s the process? I’d like to hear what other teachers do and what has (or has not) worked in your class…feel free to leave comments because I am very interested! 🙂 I’m always open to learning new ideas!