Writing Through My Son's Eyes

This summer I have spent a lot of time learning from my five year old who is about to begin kindergarten.  As a teacher, I have witnessed how children learn, but it is so different as a mother.  When I see him at work, I look at it through two lenses; the proud momma and the teacher who is thinking, "Oh. Interesting."

Nothing has amazed me more as to see him discover writing.  We spent a lot of time on the road this summer.  With nothing more than a notebook and a mechanical pencil, he would spend some of that time writing; actually drawing pictures but I never called it that.

I was the subject of many of his drawings.  

Then, he began adding "text" to his drawing.  
Here is a sample.  
He began by drawing the jellyfish and then, drew the eye.  I wondered, why an eye.  He asked me for help to draw the heart.  Then, he read his story.  My heart melted.  My baby had independently written his first story.

This led me to wonder.  Do I allow enough time for my students to draw into writing?   Probably, not.  My team and I are usually focused at getting words on the paper and sentences.  Then, at one point of the year, we complain about how our kids can't draw.  Duh!  We didn't really allow time for this.  So, this school year, I hope to step back a little.  I will spend more time teaching my students how to draw and how to use those drawings to tell a story.

In the meantime, I have my copy of In Pictures and In Words and the wonderful book study hosted by Mrs. Wills for more ideas and book recommendations.
How do you teach writing in kindergarten?


  1. ADORABLE!! How precious is that story!!?? You are going to have so much fun this year!! Thanks for sharing!
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  2. Don't you LOVE emergent writers? And can I just add that I LOVE that he's wearing a Driver jersey? I've got one, too, that my AP gave to me as a gift for being the Driver of our Character Ed. program! Do you have Driver's books? Quickie Makes The Team is cute.

    Sending smiles,

    The Corner On Character

  3. Awww... I just love that! Thanks for sharing those precious learning moments with us. What a wonder to watch him become a writer at such a young age. :)

    The Teaching Thief

  4. Hi,
    I’m your newest follower! I am a Newbie Blogger, so I appreciate all of the sharing of advice and ideas. Thanks for sharing that sweet story. I agree that we don't have enough time to let the kids take their time. REAL authors get a year or more to write a book, but we ask little ones to crank it out before they know what they're doing. Such a rush to have them learn.

    I’m having a big 100 follower giveaway. I’d love it if you wanted to come on over for a visit sometime. Thanks!
    Corinna :)
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!


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