Does your Kindergartener love to write?
My six-year-old is just beginning to take risks with his writing and this is a great way to make the writing process a little more risk-free.
Here, we combine creating a story with illustrations using stamps. I must admit, the stamping added some much-needed humor into his storytelling.
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Learning to create a story takes time.
Writing is not easy for all children.
Writing takes time.
Writing takes practice.
Before we create stories, we work on activities to explore lines and curves. If you want more practice with writing, start here:
Most of all, writing an actual story takes meaningful discussion.
Reading books to our children, talking about books with our children and connecting books read to prior knowledge will help our Kindergarteners become better writers.
Stamp stories took some time to get the writing started.
My kindergartener was eager to make a book, yet the storyline took some time.
Try using these prompts with your Kindergartener to get ideas flowing:
Which stamps do we have? Do we have any that can be a character in our story?
Let’s begin our story with an adventure. I see you have an owl stamp and a cat stamp. Where should we say they are going?
A party? Yes! What a fun idea! Let’s write that. – Owl and Cat are going to a party…
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We can ask our children to write, but having a conversation as they write is a very valuable step.
Talking with your child as they write not only helps generate ideas but also makes the story more natural with less pressure.
Please, do not just hand over a pencil and walk away.
Take the time to work on this writing activity together.
Writing can be difficult and children can easily become discouraged when writing. Let’s ease into it by working on writing together at home so we inspire the love of writing at an early age.
Once my six-year-old got comfortable, the writing became more seamless.
When Kindergarteners write we want to encourage:
sounding out words – this means that spelling will not always be correct. What we are looking for is having children sound out words to better understand the sounds they are hearing.
begin to use punctuation
begin to see that a sentence begins with a capital letter
PRO TIP: Notice each picture has a strip of tape with the upper- and lowercase letters on it? We want to provide a resource for our children when writing to refer to when needed.
Let’s get this story started with some writing!
I made a quick book out of printer paper and a construction paper cover sheet.
Next, I asked my Kindergartener to pick 5 stamps from our collection to get our story started.
Having the best alphabet supplies on hand really helps!
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My Kindergartener and I both wrote this story together.
My six-year-old wrote one page, and then we would pass the story to the next person.
Together we took turns creating our story.
Remember, the craft of writing takes time.
We don’t want to rush writing or make our children feel pressured to write a “perfect story”. Especially if this is the first time you have written together.
Crack open the DIY book and let the ideas flow. Then keep it with your books for future rereading and more story inspiration.
Here, you can see the page my Kindergartener wrote with invented spelling, and the page I wrote saying the ideas aloud as I wrote to share my thoughts.
This process is a think aloud, and allowing your Kindergartener to hear your thoughts as you write is a valuable tool they will begin to understand in their head.
Let’s get writing with our Kindergarteners!