Children are often great storytellers, but did you know, at only five years of age, Prep students are already turning their creative thinking into written story pieces?
It is true! These budding authors are learning to organise their thoughts to communicate to audiences through written language.
No matter what age a student writes, we need to acknowledge that they are the authors and their voice needs to be heard. We can fine tune the grammar and punctuation, but their ideas are theirs – that is what they want to communicate.
Peace Lutheran College Prep students are taught that all of us have a story (or two) to tell and this can be done in a variety of ways. We help students understand that stories have a beginning, middle and end, and are written because the author wants to convey a message to others.
When we first start writing with our students we write recount and entertainment stories that are often based on real experiences so they are familiar.
The “On the weekend”, “Once upon a time” or “One day” stories feature heavily in their writing journals. Whilst Prep students can persuade quite well verbally, especially when they want something, the ability to persuade in writing will take much longer to develop.
Once students have written their story the illustration is an important next step. This completes their author experience.
Part of the Foundation Level Achievement Standard in the Australian Curriculum states:
“When writing, students use familiar words and phrases and images to convey ideas. Their writing shows evidence of letter and sound knowledge and beginning writing behaviours. They also experiment with capital letters and full stops. They correctly form known upper- and lower-case letters.”
Peace Lutheran College invites you to come along and meet their little authors at their Prep Open Day on 19th September.