Archive for October, 2009

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 by crystal

If you haven’t started a portfolio of some sort for each of your children, I strongly suggest you do now. At the beginning of each year, I get a 1 inch binder for each student (well, I have them get it) and we put either actual writing activities in it or copies of writing that you go ahead and send home. A journal is something that you can have your children write in also, but this portfolio is for work that they are proud of. These are things they’ve worked on more than just a few minutes. Some examples are short stories, acrostics, letters, seasonal stories, word processed things, poems, and so on. Have them illustrate and really make this portfolio nice. I tried to put one piece of writing in per week, so by the end of the school year, the children really had something they were proud of. I also made some copies of the work from the begining of the year for them to edit and learn from. It also helps them to see growth in what they’ve accomplished with their writing skills! I usually wrote letters to them and placed them at the end the of the portfolio and passed them out with awards at the end of the year. So….if you haven’t started, it’s not too late! Your children will be so glad you did!