I am finally ready to blog about my ABC journals.
I have been making these for years. I am a stickler for letter formation instruction in kinder & TK. If WE, kinder teachers, don't take the time now to teach proper letter formation,...then when will it happen?
My ABC journals take me back to when I was in 3rd grade. My teacher was huge on proper letter formation and I think I have retained a little of Mrs. Kramer inside of me. This year I am excited about trying something new with my ABC journals- direct drawing lessons from First And Kinder Blues Skies.
Now that the letter printing is complete, we move into direct drawing instruction. After completing the printing of M's, I will help the students draw a picture that begins with that letter. We will complete one page in our ABC journal per week. I used to help them draw the pictures from our Treasures Reading alphabet cards, c for camel for example, but I'm changing things up this year. You see, I teach Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and their program is "exposure" to the kindergarten curriculum without the stress of mastery (at least not yet). I am changing the pictures mostly because I don't want to give them a repeat of the program and because using different drawings will allow for additional vocabulary development. I purchased Alphabet Letter Directed Drawings from First and Kinder Blues Skies during the bts sale this summer and I'm very excited abut trying those!
Be sure to check back. I will be blogging about the progress.....
Ok, so I promised to share the progress of our ABC journals with you. Here is the first letter printed, Mm. And the "monkey" is the first direct drawing we attempted. I think the students did great! I opted for no color because I was a afraid it would cover up the drawing. Plus, I have to admit that this first-time activity took a long time and we didn't really have the extra minutes for coloring.