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Monday, February 23, 2009

The Little Writer

It seems the Little Artist is a budding author now. She brought several of her creations with her yesterday, when she came to deliver Girl Scout cookies. (She's a "Daisy" scout--I didn't know they had scouting for such young girls, but it's great.) Her books all had 5-8 pages and a colored-paper cover with the title on it. She wrote every word herself. She has been writing stories for a while now, but she used to leave out the vowels, so she was the only one who could read them. She makes up her own spelling, which improves with every effort. Her people-drawing has really progressed. The detail in her pictures is amazing. One of her books is based on "High School Musical 2. There are up to three people on every page, who are recognizable throughout the book. Always a blue sky strip with sun at the top. A big box for the stage, a small box for the piano. A different style dress on each girl. She also had a book of fashions that she had made up, and a book of stars. She had just learned to make a 5-pointed star, so she created pages with different designs and stories for the stars. She just loves to make books. Where does this come from?

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Blogger Gwendolyn said...

Our daughter, now in first grade and studying English as a new-to-her language, comes home nearly every day with a 4 or 8 page book that they have made in class. It is a great idea.

Our other daughter, 11 years old, in 4th grade, studying English as a new-to-her language, does both storyboard journal entries (where she draws a picture at the top of the page and then tells the story below) and regular journal entries, where she writes letters to her English Language Learning teacher.

The ELL teacher explained to me that they begin by having children draw - tell - write and then eventually they hope to teach them to write first and then draw or tell the story.

It's an amazing way for kids to experience language. I can't tell you how many 4 - 8 page commercially produced books we have here at home... hundreds. This makes it possible for the kids to have new stories all the time, but learn by huge repetition at the same time!

And, of course, she gets 'it' from YOU!

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Blogger Nita said...

That's so wonderful to hear! How times have changed. When our oldest son was in first grade, he was a very good reader and writer, but his teacher didn't allow him to put pictures with his stories. In fact, she would mark down his grade if his exciting stories about witches and dragons, oh my! had smudges in the margins. "Messy paper" would be written at the top of the page. Fortunately, the support he got at home drowned her out and he never had another teacher as bad as that one.

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