Every year I have a budding author ceremony in May complete with a "red carpet". The children each write their own book and then have the opportunity to read it to their parents, grandparents and friends. They were bubbling with excitement last Tuesday in anticipation of this event. Here are some examples of  the front covers of their books:


Here are two of my little charges reading their books and receiving their "award". 


The parents clapped for each child after they finished reading. Next,  they received an award before walking over and  presenting their book to their parent or friend. We concluded with  a reception of punch and cookies. The children had a great time and the parents were so proud! It really demonstrated how much the children learned over the course of the school year.

Here are a few examples of the books they wrote. I have written them down the way the child actually wrote the book:


The Magic Dress

One day a little girl went to the shop to buy a dress for a party. She loved a gorgeous purple sparkly flower dress. She tried it on and it fitted. She flew to the zoo and saw the monkey. She flew to the sea and saw the dolphins. She flew to the party but she did not tell her friends as it was her secret. She had lots more magic adventures in her magic dress.     The End

Lindsay's Garden

Where are we said Jelly Bean? How did we get here? said Sugar Baby? The two Robo dwarf hamsters had gotten out of their cage. I am in the city- there is a skyscraper, said Jelly Bean. No, we are at the airport, said Sugar Baby. Jelly Bean and Sugar Baby ran for miles and miles and fell in the ocean. I am hungry said Jelly Bean. Come over here, Brother.  There are tons and tons of hamster treats just for us. The hamsters start to cry for home and they thought the garden fairy was saying "Let's go this way." But is was really Lindsay whispering " I found you two!"

The Cow That Learned To Fly

Mootiful is a cow that grew wings. She flipped and flopped her wings and learned to fly. Mootiful flew to the barn. Blackspot the horse, Porker the Pig, and Buck the goat grew wings too. Mootiful taught them how to fly. All the animals flew to the fair. They had fun eating ice-cream and lollipops. The End


41 comments

  1. redgirl // May 23, 2010 at 8:07 PM  

    Ha! As soon as I saw the cover for "The Cow That Learned to Fly" I was hopoing you would include the story...too funny!

  2. Oka // May 23, 2010 at 8:23 PM  

    I love these stories.

    I wish my daughter would of made this much progress this year. Hopefully she is a late bloomer and not up for a ton of struggles in school.

  3. RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild // May 23, 2010 at 9:51 PM  

    Wow, these are written by graduating kindergarteners? They are VERY impressive, especially Lindsay's Garden. That young author will be publishing fiction in no time. Great work, Teacher!
    Cheers,
    Robyn

  4. Theresa Milstein // May 23, 2010 at 9:55 PM  

    So sweet. I love that you make a big deal about them presenting their published works!

    And thanks for sharing their stories. I used to volunteer in my daughter's kindergarten class. One of my jobs was to type the words to the students' stories. They were so much fun to read!

  5. Yellow House Knits // May 23, 2010 at 10:16 PM  

    I love it! What a great way to encourage and celebrate their creativity! I particularly like the story about a magic dress. Please ask your student where they sell these purple dresses!

  6. Andrea // May 23, 2010 at 10:53 PM  

    I have an urgent prayer request at arise 2 write.
    andrea

  7. Ms. Anthropy // May 23, 2010 at 11:33 PM  

    How cute! My granddaughter did something similar to this, in pre-k this year, only, she told the story and the teacher wrote it. She did the illustrations and was soooo proud of her book!

  8. Marlene // May 24, 2010 at 1:40 AM  

    How cute! Loved the magic dress story (partly because purple is my favorite color!)

  9. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) // May 24, 2010 at 8:05 AM  

    Your students are very creative! You've done a great job, Teach! ;) Loved all the stories - and the pictures. :)

  10. Aging Mommy // May 24, 2010 at 8:21 AM  

    Oh wonderful! I loved the magic dress story too and the cover of Lindsay's Garden book is just beautiful. What a wonderful thing to do.

  11. T.J. // May 24, 2010 at 10:35 AM  

    the red carpet aspect is such a creative touch! The look in your students eyes during this ceremony must have been priceless!!!!

    I'm finally getting around to thanking you for your blog award today- even though I've been a bit delayed, know that I love ya!!!!

  12. Choices // May 24, 2010 at 11:02 AM  

    You are creating so much fun for your students. The best teachers use creativity and fun in the learning process. You do that everytime! You are an awesome teacher.

  13. VKT // May 24, 2010 at 4:03 PM  

    I thought my student did a terrific job on the goat story. Thanks for commenting!

  14. VKT // May 24, 2010 at 4:04 PM  

    What grade is she in Oka? You need some summer work for her?

  15. ~J // May 24, 2010 at 4:31 PM  

    Awww! I so remember these days and can't wait till my little guy gets to do all these adorable & fun things!!

  16. Barbra Stephens // May 24, 2010 at 7:00 PM  

    I love doing stories with kids, too.
    Great post!

  17. purseblogger // May 24, 2010 at 8:23 PM  

    Such a cute post! Love the name Mootiful. :)

  18. VKT // May 24, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

    Robyn,

    We write every day and we keep a journal. It is so neat to watch the progress and actually see when the child's writing takes off!

  19. VKT // May 24, 2010 at 8:29 PM  

    Teresa,

    Only one of my students decided to type her story. All of the others decided to write them. As long as it is their work, I don't really have a preference.

  20. VKT // May 24, 2010 at 8:30 PM  

    Lol Yellow House,

    The child is from England and I asked her that very question. She looked at me and replied "In England!"

  21. VKT // May 24, 2010 at 8:31 PM  

    I am praying for Mary Andrea!Keep me posted.

  22. VKT // May 24, 2010 at 8:31 PM  

    Ms. A,

    It makes such a difference when the children do the work themselves. You are right, they are soooooo proud!!!

  23. VKT // May 24, 2010 at 8:32 PM  

    Marlene,

    Wouldn't it be great if we could find a purple dress like that one? lol

  24. VKT // May 24, 2010 at 8:34 PM  

    Stacy,

    I got my M.Ed. in C and I so I loveee teaching reading!!!!! I love to make it fun so that the children don't realize that they are learning. When the lightbulb goes off.....you should see their little faces light up...best feeling in the world for a teacher!!!

  25. VKT // May 24, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

    T.J.,

    They were soooooooo proud and excited about reading their stories for their friends and family!

  26. VKT // May 24, 2010 at 8:36 PM  

    Thanks Anne!

    There is nothing I enjoy more than working with young children!!!

  27. VKT // May 24, 2010 at 8:37 PM  

    ~J,

    It will only be what....a year or two? awwwww

  28. VKT // May 24, 2010 at 8:38 PM  

    Barbara,

    These were done by the children. We did not help them with the stories.

  29. Kyrstin // May 25, 2010 at 11:32 PM  

    So perfect - thanks for sharing some of the stories - they put a huge smile on my face!

  30. Ally // May 25, 2010 at 11:41 PM  

    Kids are so creative. I love it!

    FourthGradeNothing.com

  31. jayayceeblog // May 26, 2010 at 12:06 AM  

    Absolutely adorable. Looks like so much fun!!!

  32. Crystal // May 26, 2010 at 9:39 AM  

    Probably my fave post - I just attended my first awards for my kids and loved it.

  33. Adrienne // May 26, 2010 at 2:54 PM  

    Very wonderful indeed and I love the post above this one as well I am sorry about that leaky ceiling

  34. VKT // May 26, 2010 at 9:10 PM  

    Thanks Kyrstin,

    I am glad you liked them. The children loved writing them.

  35. VKT // May 26, 2010 at 9:18 PM  

    They truly are Ally. I just loved their stories. You should have seen their little faces light up when they read them out loud to their parents and friends! So sweet!

  36. VKT // May 26, 2010 at 9:23 PM  

    They had a wonderful time Jay!!!!

  37. VKT // May 26, 2010 at 9:24 PM  

    Awwww Crystal,

    I am so glad you enjoyed it. I know your kids loved having you there!

  38. VKT // May 26, 2010 at 9:29 PM  

    Adrienne,

    Tomorrow is the last day of school. I am afraid the chapel ceiling is going to leak as well.

  39. Deb // May 26, 2010 at 11:16 PM  

    My granddaughter will go to Kindergarten next year.

    Hope she gets a teacher like you!

    Sweet dreams.

  40. ♥Yaya's Mommy ♥ // May 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM  

    Thank you so much. I hope you havea wonderful weekend too.
    Best wishes,
    Cindi

  41. Frugal Vicki // June 16, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

    You always have such wonderful ideas. I bet your kiddo's love them.
    BTW, I am working on getting a picture, we have been super busy with the house getting it painted, and now that my room is, I would LOVE the silhouettes!