One Sunflower

a “legacy” student

on November 29, 2011

Most of my students are four years old but I have two out of my 17 that turned three last summer.

One of them is a native Spanish speaking child named Wendy. Wendy enjoys playdough and painting, dressing up, feeding the dolls and doing puzzles.   She plays without talking.   I only hear her giggling on the playground.  She whispers her ideas to Maestra during Circle-time when I ask questions or she has something to share.

But Wendy is not shy or quiet when it comes to creating stories in her journal.  She has been a witness to this form of story telling and writing for two years as her older sister was one of my most prolific students.  Daisy drew pictures  furiously,  filling her journal with people and puppies, bunnies and suns, rain clouds and umbrellas.  Over the course of her participation in  preschool, she learned to come to her journal with a tale to tell, taming her drawings to fit on the page and depict her story accurately.

dad was mowing the lawn and a storm came and got everything wet

Wendy already has stories in her head and fills her pages with figures and details that match her words.  Maestra has no trouble coaxing her writing voice!

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6 responses to “a “legacy” student

  1. grade4wizard says:

    This piece is sweet. Such a lovely story of two writing sisters.
    Terje

  2. Love it! Do I see the rain storming down from the clouds and her family does not look happy!

  3. Linda Baie says:

    It’s really quite sophisticated. The words will come, won’t they? I like that she put expressions on the faces. You sound so patient in your waiting for the stories from her.

  4. The way you value her writing voice is precious! This story is charming and so well told.

  5. elsie says:

    Wendy’s environment has allowed her to find that voice. I would love to see what she does when she is older. She has such a nurturing teacher!

  6. Betsy says:

    What a sweet little storyteller. Thanks for sharing her work!

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