I got to be with my nieces for a little while yesterday, and my sweet niece Kaylee, at 5 years old asked me “Aunt Jessie, can you do some Kindergarten things with me?” We were literally walking out the door when she asked me this and I thought, how can I say no to that? But knowing I would see her again today I said “I will bring something for us to do tomorrow when I come, okay?” She smiled and took the promise to heart. So, the first thing I did when I got up this morning was to brainstorm some things I might bring to her.
One thing that I decided to bring was a homemade drawing and writing template because she is now at the stage where she wants to know how to spell everything. Some children are at the point where they are only writing one word to label a picture they have drawn so I made one template with only one line under the space for the drawing. However, some children are ready to write out one or two sentences describing their picture. So I made a template with two lines for one sentence and three lines for another.
Writing Template with space for a few words
Writing Template with space for one sentence
Writing Template with space for two sentences
I plan to ask Kaylee to draw a picture for me and then
explain to her that the space at the bottom of the page is for her to write
about the picture. Then, I am going to ask her to sound out the words and allow her to use inventive spelling. Inventive spelling is when children simply write all the sounds they hear in the word. But if they want to know how is actually spelled then I will show them the way that the word “looks in a book.”
But no matter how you use this template….as always, make it