I am really enjoying the weekly #PLAYfulpreschool posts with my fellow preschool parents and teachers! There have been so many great ideas for themes related to apples, family, farm, and harvest. This week the theme is fall colors, and I’m sharing a simple (but very meaningful) modeled writing activity.
White chart paper
Markers in fall colors
Crayons in fall colors
This can be done in a whole group setting or in small groups. I chose to call the children over to me in groups of 4 or 5 at a time. Either way, grab the supplies and the kiddos and get started! 🙂
Talk about the fall season and what that means in your area. Where I live, it means cooler temperatures, leaves changing colors and falling off the trees. Ask what colors are seen in nature during the fall. Tell the children that you’re going to work together to create charts all about fall colors!
Choose one color to start with, then craft a simple sentence to write. I went with the sentence frame “I see (color).” Write the sentence, and encourage the children to say the words with you. I usually say, “I don’t want to forget any words so you need to help me!” If your child is learning Spanish, add a simple Spanish translation, “Veo (color).”
Once the words are written, brainstorm things that are the color you’ve written about. Using the appropriately colored crayon, have each child draw at least one item on the chart paper. Some children might prefer to just observe, and that’s okay too.
Be sure to think aloud throughout the entire modeled writing process. This way, the children are exposed to the thought processes involved in writing. It feels silly at first, I know, but it teaches so very much!
This basic modeled writing activity helped teach:
- Colors (in English and Spanish)
- High frequency words
- We read left to right, top to bottom
- A period ends a sentence, telling us to stop reading
- Words have meaning
- A word goes from space to space (and spaces are needed between words)
- Letter-sound correspondence
- Pictures need to match written words
Have you tried shared or modeled writing with your children/students recently? How did it go? As always, I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!
More from the #PLAYfulpreschool team
For More FALL COLOR Themed Preschool Activities from the PLAYful Preschool Education Team:
Fall Colors Water Mixing by Still Playing School
Exploring Fall Colors With Gourds by Little Bins For Little Hands
Why Leaves Change Colors by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
Learning With Preschool Songs: The Leaves of the Trees by Growing Book by Book
DIY Fall Color Word Book by The Educators’ Spin On It
Learning Number Words with Fall Colored Leaves by Tiny Tots Adventures
Fall Tree Number Matching by Mom Inspired Life
Colors of Fall Sensory Bin by Life Over C’s
Foot Painting The Fall Colours by Learning to Walk
Exploring Fall Colors in Paint by Powerful Mothering
Autumn Colours Plant Science at Rainy Day Mum
Make Your Own Fall Potpourri at Capri + 3
Join us tonight at 9:00 EST for a live Google Hangout where we share what activities we are doing for the fall color theme in our homes and classrooms.