Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Writing: Before & After

Dear Maanya,

You have made a lot of progress in writing this year. Here is a sample of your work from September:

This work shows that you knew some familiar-to-you letters, like the first letter in your brother's name. You mostly used drawings and images to express your ideas. Here is a sample of your work from April:

This work shows that you can now hear beginning and ending sounds and can record them using letters. You are experimenting with middle sounds. 

Congratulations on your progress Maanya! You have worked hard on your writing. 

Ms. Alison 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Wolf Ate a Fish - by Maanya

Maanya created and told this story using the iStopMotion app on our class iPads with the help of a Grade 3 buddy. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Extending a Story Using Puppets (Being a Risk-taker & Communicator)

Dear Maanya,

You worked with your friend Max to extend my puppet story during your free play. This is an example of how you are a risk-taker and communicator. At first you didn't want to use the puppets because you were too shy, but then you took a risk. Your story shows that you were listening to Ms. Alison's story because you used details from it in your own storytelling. You also showed strong speaking skills by taking on the voice of a character and explaining a story using words and voice. Listening and speaking are both parts of being a communicator.

When I asked you about this work, you said:

"It was a nice story because it's made out of two people and that makes it even better. I was cooperating with Max."

Ms. Alison

Pretend & Memorized Reading

Dear Maanya,

You have been practicing your emergent reading skills over the course of this year by pretend and memorized reading books to your friends, which you always do with lots of expression. In this example you chose to read 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' to the whole class, even asking your friends some questions about what you were reading! Keep practicing! Using the illustrations and your memory of stories to 'read' are important strategies in your development as a reader.

Ms. Alison