1) Students retrieve their writing notebook from their designated location. (individual mailboxes, class notebook nook, etc.)
2) Students turn to the next clean page in their writing notebook and write the date to begin a new entry.
3) Students draw (prewrite).
4) Once a student is ready to do 'kid writing'…
a) Ask him/her to tell you about the picture. If the student does not respond or says ,"I don't know," refer to one portion of the drawing and ask him/her to tell you about a certain part.
b) Repeat the child's story back as one complete sentence.
c) Then, say each word, stretching it out, so that the student can more easily hear the sound or sounds in the words. The student will write what he or she is ready to write. (Pay close attention to the child. Focus mostly on the beginning sounds of the words and then stretch words as the child seems ready.)
magic lines (horizontal blank lines)
alphabet charts (on tables, front board, above board, etc.)
5) 'Adult under writing' portion
a) Praise the child for their kid writing.
b) As the child watches, write their same entry using adult writing underneath the student's writing
c) Compare the two writings, pointing out any letters in their kid writing that match the adult writing.
6) Reread the writing notebook entry 1-2 times with the child.
7) As they finish, students may look at books in the book basket or help other students
From Kid Writing: A Systematic Approach to Phonics, Journals, and Writing Workshop by Eileen Feldgus and Isabell Cardonick