In this example, I provided students with a vertical line. Some students replicated the line, while others traced it. One student traced the line, then did some invented writing through it!
Benefits of the Preschool Creativity Journal:
-Encourages children to hold a writing utensil, practicing a pincer grasp.
-Journals encourage turning pages left to right.
-Allows children ownership over their journal, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
-Encourages creativity, no other prompting is done other than providing the prompt on paper.
-The journal format allows for teachers and children to look a progress.
-Next year I will try to find journals without lines. I would rather my students have a 'clean slate'.
-I lay out the journals on the table with the prompt showing. Some days I provide pencils, other days I provide markers. I also like to provide golf sized pencils (for little hands) and even chalk!
-I try my best to keep these journals open-ended, therefore I do not tell students where to write or what they are to be writing. I also allow them to flip to different pages to explore writing. These are their journals and they are welcome to write in them whenever they would like!
-I put a picture of each student on their journal for easy identification.
-Don't forget to date the writing for when you look back.
I love watching how differently each student takes the prompt and moves forward with it! It has been such a positive and rewarding learning experience for my children!
If you want to learn more about the prompts I give and how I manage it, check out the Preschool Creativity Journal in my TpT Store: