How can different forms of emergent writing be integrated into various dramatic play activities in my pre-kindergarten classroom?. Inquiry by Shante Brown-Merced June 2 nd , 2012. Background :. 18 pre-kindergarten students, 9 boys, 9 girls Majority of students are 4 years of age
June 2nd, 2012
play allows teachers to respond to children’s ideas, to help them elaborate on their thinking, and to help them see the world of literacy through many lenses.
-Gretchen Owocki, Literacy through Play
[Children] need to see stuff, then they can think about it
-Alison Porcelli, Workshop Help Desk: A Quick Guide to Boosting English Acquisition in Choice Time
Writing creates a template for talk. Retelling, answering questions about their [written texts], sequencing, topic maintenance, extending conversation, and vocabulary development are all key language goals for young children; and each of them can be supported during thoughtful conversations about their writing between teachers and children.
-Katie Wood Ray and matt glover, Already Ready: nurturing writers in Preschool and Kindergarten
Birthday cards made by a student in the play dough center to accompany the cake she made.
Two students work with blocks to create their own structures. With some encouragement, they were able to bring their hands on work to life on paper.
After a discussion with a student about how he likes to go to McDonalds with his mother, the student created his own happy meals in the lego center. Afterwards, he wrote about his work.
One student used blocks to recreate the sky scrapers he made on his blueprint.
An airplane created in one of the manipulative centers during a transportation study. Alongside is the writing that was created with the model.
This is a “super car” created by a student. First he used legos to build it, then he was able to use his emergent writing skills to create a replica on paper.
During a theme study of the three bears, students created character masks to use as props in the dramatic play center.
students recreated the foods that the caterpillar ate in Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar during our butterfly study, They labeled using their initial sounds.
(making a model then drawing it)
(illustrating a model then making it)