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    By Helen

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    I have done this several ways over the years. One way was to give them wirebound notebooks ,just like the older kids, and allowing them to draw a picture first and then write..accepting just a picture if that is all the child can do, or just one word. As the children progress, require a minimum of one sentence etc. I have made 1/2 page limits for some first graders will fill the pages with nothing but pictures...You also must make rules/no sheets may be torn out for your personal use..otherwise your Journals may get pretty skinny!!!!LOL
    I have also made Journals by folding sheets of manilla paper or newsprint (unlined) in 1/2 and covering with construction paper...and let the kids write on that/drawing is accepted also although writing should grow and drawing shrink as the year progresses.
    I have also taken that manilla paper and made blackline masters and run them through the copier to put lines on the bottom 1/2 of the folded paper for them to write on.
    Each of these have worked well with different classes. You really have to look at your storage areas and where your children will keep their journals AND talk with the Kindergarten teacher and see just what kind of kids you have coming!
    Folded manilla paper (plain) journals also work well for Math. Glue a math related cutout or a seasonal cutout on the cover, and put just enough pages for a gradeing period or a month and have children copy and work daily math problems in the journal.

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