One of my favourite activities to do in Kindergarten are Monthly Portraits. Kindergarten Writing Activities are SO important to help kids with phonological skills and development. The best part: seeing the growth over the year in theses little Kindergarten kids is remarkable and parents (??) love it too! Best part, it requires very little prep!
My advice- set expectations from the beginning. Here are some that I would start with:
❤️ There is so such thing as “bad/wrong” writing and/or pictures. Try your best!
? Do NOT tell them how to spell. Encourage them to sound of the words by stretching them out (mistakes are proof we’re learning!)
? Start with a capital (this does NOT apply to new writers. Those that are still learning the alphabet. I would rather they just write a few words down than worry about upper/lowercase . We can work on that a little bit later when they have confidence!)
? Finger spaces! Use popsicle sticks, crayons, erasers, etc – very important to do this from the start!
? Period at the end. I like to practice this orally first. Exaggerate taking a breath when you are done your thought!
? Sentence starters are okay! It’s often difficult for kids to get started. Giving them a little head start can help them feel more confident and get started!
? Still having a hard time? Start with the picture! Pictures can say a thousand words ?.
? Anything else you would add? If you’re looking for some great ideas on Sight Word Activities, check out my Blog HERE