Beginning

Let’s see beginning through your lens! (Weekly Photo Challenge)

As a kindergarten teacher for more than a decade, I got to see many students’ early attempts at writing. The way five- and six-year-olds use sound-letter correspondence, express their ideas and knowledge, and write with no concern of being judged was always inspiring.

I hope you enjoy these writing samples, which show how empowering literacy is and the beginning of the understanding of this: What I think, I can say; what I say, I can write; what I write can be read by others.

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. T. D. Davis
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 20:51:53

    Those are great! Thanks for sharing them. Best to you.

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  2. Lynette d'Arty-Cross
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 21:12:43

    These are so great! 🙂

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  3. chelseann
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 21:23:33

    I love these! I used to tutor in literacy and I love reading their attempts at sounding out and spelling unknown words. There is definitely something special in early writing, it’s their first attempt at putting their inner dialogue out into the world in a controlled and deliberate way.

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  4. wbdeejay
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 17:51:19

    Great insight into young minds. I really enjoyed the quiet room: If the toys aren’t quiet “out you go!”

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  5. theclocktowersunset
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 08:50:35

    This was fun, makes me want to see what my writing was like at that age. I’m using the Nookcolor now just because, it’s different but works just fine. Also I haven’t charged it in over a week and still have about a 1/4 battery. 🙂

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    • randee
      Jan 07, 2014 @ 10:44:45

      I always tell the parents to save their kids’ writing from these early stages, when they write freely, before they realize others are reading it and perhaps judging it. Of course, when you were this young you were probably just copying sentences perfectly from a book. That is how they taught back then.

      I have a Nook Color, that is what I’ll be trying out, so good to hear about the battery life.

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      • theclocktowersunset
        Jan 07, 2014 @ 10:52:55

        I had the MOST atrocious handwriting, it kept me off the honor roll all through elem school. I finally just gave up and started writing in block caps, which has since evolved into some artistic Calligraphy of old english/slash graffiti. And the Nook rocks out with youtube, I don’t know what it is about that, this laptop has the hardest time so I just use the Nook for how-to videos and well, whatever else you want from youtube. I’m like the youtube king. 🙂

      • randee
        Jan 07, 2014 @ 12:32:11

        I can see why people don’t know what to do with their devices – you got the iPod, iPad, smart phone, laptop, eReader. It’ll be nice when they all just come together into one thing. We’re almost there.

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