Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Flower Shared Writing

Last week, to start our flower unit, Q and I completed a shared writing activity--a diagram of a flower. We each got a big piece of white paper and some markers. First I put a title on my paper. I read it to her and talked about the letters I was writing as I worked. "P is Papa's letter and it is also the letter for "parts."

Then we started drawing a flower. I had her watch me and then asked her to do it on her own paper. We drew petals, seeds, stem, flowers, and roots. She loved this activity and was very engaged!

We posted both up on the cabinet in the learning room. She loves using the froggy pointer (aka flyswatter) to point to the words in the title (she can point to each word as she says it) and also the parts of the flower. Sometimes I quiz her-- "Where are the roots?" or "What's this?" and sometimes she quizzes me!

This is a wonderful emergent reading and writing activity and is something that can be done on a very frequent basis with older toddlers and preschoolers!
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