I have my students write in reading journals in response to what they have read through out the year. This example is of our kindergarten journal. We take 2 covers, add some paper between them, and bind them with plastic binding combs. Works beautifully! I had chosen a monster theme this year for the nametags on the front. I was doing lesson plans and thinking about how I needed to adjust again what kind of activities and learning we need to do because these little guys are ready for the next step! That is just one of the great things about kinders: it is easy to see how far they have come in such a short amount of time.
This sweet little guy started out the year being able to write his name (I have partially covered) and then added some random letters to his picture. He was missing some key parts to his self-portrait. 🙂
Later he was working on sorting and matching up capital and lower case letters.
Here he was rebuilding a sentence from a predictable chart that went with one of our books. More body parts added this time too!
This was practice with questions and tracking a word multiple times. Some of my little ones need extra practice tracking one word written multple times. And my kinders LOVE questions- they see that question mark and know they get to answer something!
These last two are stretching out words and forming thoughts about our reading on our own. The last picture says She has flippers. We read a book about Princess Pig who was at the beach. These struggling readers have learned so much in short amount of time. I love looking at their progression of learning that you can see when keeping journals or portfolios. We’ve come a long way baby!
Yes, they do come a long way, especially when they're doing what you believe so strongly – real reading and real writing. Great job Lori!
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I use Reading Response Journals too and I love using them to see how much they have learned:) The kids like to go back and look through them too!!
Thanks Tammy! I appreciate your kind comments!
How nice of you to do that Courtney! Thank you for doing that!
Tammy SF, I use reading journals in some form K-5. Shows so much progression!