One of my favourite activities to do with my students is have them do a monthly writing page for their Memory Book or Journal. I keep all the pages that they write, and at the end of the year I put them into a book so that they can take them home and show their families. The progress that they make is so amazing to see, and I know it is a great keepsake.
I use these pages for our early writers that are just beginning to write and draw. This is for our Year 1 (Junior Kindergarten) students who usually come in just learning how to write their name.
It is a very simple page on purpose. They draw a picture and write their name on the line.
The simplicity is great for seeing all the details that they begin to add to their pictures, and how much their printing improves.
The memory journals are perfect for beginning writers that have started to write sentences. We use these pages for our Year 2 (senior kindergarten) students who have started to master writing conventions.
I do not edit their work on these pages. I encourage the students to self-edit, and they work independently on writing a sentence and drawing a picture to match.
By the end of the year, we see a huge improvement in their writing skills, and their ability to edit their own work!
At the end of the year, I used my binding machine to put them all together in a book with the cover that they had made at the beginning of the school year. I had kept the students’ books and journals organized, so it was easy to put them together since I just had to grab each students’ pile, and bind it!
We gave these to families during our class’ Celebration of Learning and our students were so proud to show off all their hard work.
If you would like to make these books with your students, you can get them in my store:
What do you like to do for your students’ families at the end of the year?