Thursday, June 23, 2011

Monthly Writing Journals

I have decided to make monthly writing journals for my kindergarten kiddos to use next school year.  This way...they can go home each month, so their parents can see their child's writing ability as they grow.  Of course, I used D.J Inkers clip art (I am obsessed) to make the journals.  This will make you happy because I cannot sell them I just get to give them away for free.  You will have to go to my teacher website to get the PDF master copies under the writing tab.  SORRY!  Here is an example of my September Writing Journal. 

Each month the journal cover contains different clip art and fonts.  I also made a girl and boy cover page for each month.  For the page that the students write on, I will start with a blank page so the students draw a picture and label.  Then, the students will write on a single line, and by the end of the year he/she will write on 3 lines.  
What do you think?  Is their anything I should change or add?  Thank you for your time!

Amber

48 comments:

  1. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these!! Thank you sooo much for sharing!! I will definitely use these in my first grade class next year! Where do you get the journal topics from that you are going to use for your journals? Thanks again! :)

    Elisabeth
    www.missdelk.blogspot.com

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  2. Thanks Elisabeth! Journal topics are my next step in the making this summer. This past year, unless I told them to write about a topic, they wrote 1-3 sentences on whatever they wished. I have to say some students were very creative and some students tried to start every page with I like... If I find something while I am blogging, I will let you know!

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  3. Thanks I love these. I have use year long journals and last year used small books. I loved the year long but what a mess getting everyone on the right page. Thanks again. I love your blog and all the great things you share.

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  4. So cute!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  5. Great journals! I love this idea! You also have a great website with very great resources. I was just thinking of making journals and your idea works.

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  6. Thank you Rock Star Teachers for your kind words. It is nice to know that taking the time to share your ideas is appreciated! If you have any questions about the journal, please let me know!

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  7. What about putting the month on the cover so the parent can keep track and the first page has a student self portrait with their signature,just a thought . These are adorable and I love the rubric. I have something similar but mine hook into OCR. I will send teachers here. thanks for being so generous....u rock!
    Fran@kindergarten crayons

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  8. What FANTASTIC ideas Fran. I love the self-portrait idea in the beginning. I have to use it! By the way.... How many more days until the Kindergarten Convention in Vegas!!! I believe you are going.

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  9. These are some great journals! This is a fantastic idea. I just started my blog and I would love if you would follow me



    www.pocketfullofkinders.blogspot.com

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  10. I do not know how I missed this, but I did :( I went to your website and could not find the file for this. I would still love to have a copy! Would you mind emailing it to me at jmmidgett03@yahoo.com
    Thank you so much!
    www.seedsofnoledge.blogspot.com

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  12. What is your website address?

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  13. I am new to all of this and really confused but so very excited!! Where can I find your website?

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  14. How do I get to your teacher website to download the journals? Love, Love, Love!!

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  15. At the top of our page on the right you will find a link to my teacher website. Click on it. Look under the tab writing when you get ot he website. Hope this helps!

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  16. I to cannot find the link to the journals. I have clicked at the top right. I have been in circles I have to being doing something wrong. It looks like a great journal and I would love to down load it.
    Thanks for your help!

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  17. Got it, we have to go to your school web site.

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  18. school web site??? where is that? I love this journal! Spec. Ed teacher and it's perfect for my kiddos! Please oh please tell me where to go.

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  19. Go to...
    www.luv2teachk.shutterfly.com

    Click on the writing link at the top. You should be able to download the journals there!

    Good Luck!

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  20. I love them! thank you!

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  21. Hi Amber,
    I love this and do this in my classroom. I know alot of my kids are writing on more than three lines by the end of the year. Maybe add lines on the back of the three lined page so they have that option for those advanced writers. :)
    Thank you for posting.

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  22. Love the checklist! thanks for sharing!

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  23. This is awesome!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!! I know how much time it takes to make stuff!!! Thank you!!!

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  24. Great journals! I do journals as well, and change it up by doing "photo friday". Each child has an envelope of photos of themselves when they were captured doing an activity or playing with a friend, ect. The photos are printed off on regular paper and addded to each childs folder. On Friday, instead of drawing a picture to write about, they choose and glue a photo from their envelope and write about what was happening in the photo. It's helps them to have the new topics to write about and looks so cute in the journals! :)

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  25. Thanks so much. I am definitely going work on this!

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  26. I cannot find the link for the writing journals. Would you email it to me?

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  27. I am not finding a way to download. Need your help please!
    Jennifer

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  28. WOW! Your work is amazing!!!! Please keep posting your creative ideas. I also need help to download the journal writing pieces. Can you please email it to me? Many thanks, Stephanie

    sriegle2003@yahoo.ca

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  29. I love this idea and want to use something like this for the fall. Can you please email it to me?! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.

    Thanks,
    Jenn Wilson

    jwilson430@gmail.com

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  30. Please email me the link to the writing journals! Love them!
    Thanks, Jen

    williamsjd72@yahoo.com

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  31. Can you please email this trmplate? I was unable to find the link to your website.

    Thanks, Tammy

    tammy.jordan@boerne-isd.net

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  32. Love this idea!

    Diane

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  33. The link for the journal templates is not working for me. :( Could you direct me to it or email to me? mserrano@murrieta.k12.ca.us

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  34. I have been trying to find your teacher website for the pdf of the writing journals and am having no luck. If you could email it to me that would be fantastic!! bcurrie@illinibluffs.com

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  35. Would you add a link to the print out of these journals- no luck finding them and I love the reminder/rubric. These are great! Thanks :)

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  36. Would love to have a copy of these journals, but can not find the link. can you please add a link or email me.

    mandesue@charter.net

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  37. This is a great idea! I am teaching in Cambodia and was searching for something like this. I can not find the link. Can you email it to me at caseylynnemorris@gmail.com

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  38. I LOVE LOVE LOVE you writing journal, what a helpful tool!

    I went to your teacher store but was unable to find the link for the PDF.

    If you could email me with the template at hwalker@cfsd.info I would GREATLY appreciate it!!!


    Have an awesome day!

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  39. I LOVE your writing journals and would love to have a copy but I cannot find the link to the doc. Can you e-mail me the file? It's ashnicwill@gmail.com thanks!

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  40. These look AWESOME! I would also love a copy :)

    kara.vigil@dcsdk12.org

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  41. I love this idea!! Would you mind emailing me the file? jmeadows811@yahoo.com
    Thank you

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  42. Can u please email this file to me? I cannot find a link anywhere! I LOVE the journals!
    ashleybraypage@gmail.com

    Thank you!!

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  43. Could you please email the file to me. I cannot find the link anywhere. I LOVE the journals!!

    crusco@usd347.org

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  44. I too adore the writing journals. Can you please be so kind as to email me a copy. Thanks so much!!
    jasminajack04@att.net

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  45. I am having trouble finding the writing journal stuff. Can you pretty please email it to me or let me know where I can find it, because I LOVE it!! Thanks! niki.sloper@gmail.com

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  46. Do you still have this available? I cannot find it. If you do, would you mind emailing me the pdf? I'm exciting to extend my moder writing! Smithk1120@yahoo.com. thank you!

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