My daughter is 5 years old. As a former kindergarten teacher, the writing at this stage is my absolute favorite. I find great joy in “seeing” progress through writing and I have tried to take pictures of her writing samples to create an online portfolio of her work, meaning, a post here on the blog that I can look back at and see how far her writing has come. Although my daughter struggles with some vision and fine motor issues, her desire to write and creative imagination help her to be a successful writer. She is an average kindergartner with an amazing passion and zest for life. Since she was 3, she has spent almost every day of her life writing something; a letter to Grandma, a grocery list, recipes for food and more recently, stories.
|I am Snow White. I am raccoon. I am deer.|
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Writing Standards of a Kindergarten Student
Here is a sampling of her writing for parents who may be interested in knowing what a kindergartner can and should write like. Our current standards require kindergartners to
- Draft writing by drawing, telling, or writing about a familiar experience, topic or text; that is appropriate to the topic, audience, and purpose.
- Edit for correct use of end punctuation, including periods, question marks, and exclamation points.
- Edit for correct use of knowledge of letter/sound relationships to spell simple words.
- Produce, illustrate and share a finished piece of writing.
Their end of the year portfolio states that they must write a paragraph about a given subject with a topic sentence and three supporting sentences. Gone are the early stages of writing continuum’s that I was taught to use with early writers. Kindergartners now have higher expectations in writing. Although I feel that not all children may be developmentally ready for these tasks, I would like to believe that with strong parent support, our children can meet (or come close to meeting) these expectations. Can my daughter meet and exceed all these new standards and assessments – I hope so, but realistically, I know that she is not currently quite at the stage of writing that these standards require. Although her thoughts and ideas are expressed with creativity, she writes with energy and uniqueness, and she uses “lively” word choices, her conventions and spelling need some more attention!
Writing Samples of a Kindergarten Student
We use mostly primary writing paper that has a space for drawing pictures too. Look for the following terms when purchasing writing paper for kindergarten students: (Click the words to view the product in Amazon)
We try to change up our writing so it does not get boring. Writing can and should be fun and interesting. After a visit to an art festival where we talked with a local artist, I did a directed draw activity with her to make the bee and she wrote her sentences afterwards. I really need to explore mediums other than markers, crayons, and colored pencils when creating a picture or illustration for our writing. Research has shown using art before writing, especially with water colors help improve creative writing, as the colors flow and change, creating new thoughts and writing directions. It is something for me to work on doing more!
So what are your thoughts on Kindergarten writing?
- Are the expectations in your school and ours just about right?
- Do you think we are on the right track?
- How can parents better support their children’s writing development?
- Are you kids enjoying writing?
- Do you think they are getting enough “time” writing?
- How can you help to facilitate an improvement the quality and quantity in their writing?