Just found this blog today and my mind is already on fast forward. After reading about not adding to the students' work, I have a question about student dictation where my preschoolers draw the pictures and then dictate what they want to say. Is this not appropriate or is it done in another facet of writing?
I am glad you found our blog. The student dictation is another great way to get students seeing that their stories can be put to print. This is a great kind of modeling for preschoolers and is so inspiring. I also use this with my students. Just during other times make sure to give the students the "pen". That way they get to experiment with their kid writing. So often I see kids coming into kindergarten afraid to write because they do not know how to spell. I always tell my students "I'm not going to tell you so don't ask. Stretch out the word like a rubber band and write what sounds you hear. " I explain that I am an adult so I use adult writing. You are a kid so you use kid writing. The more you write and read the more your writing will look more like adults. This just gives students the understanding that their level is okay for where they are.
So, continue with your dictated writing along with interactive and shared writing. Your doing great and you are exposing your students to writing!
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