This summer the kids have been practicing their writing skills using Cut-Up Sentences to record our daily activities. Many days after rest time we work together to add a page to our summer journal. Combining this activity with our time spent playing Er-u-di-tion (a fantastic sight word building board game) has certainly increased Gavin's recognition of the Kindergarten core words.
This practice is effective for:
~Helping children put words to their stories
~Learning Sight Words
~Learning Letter and Word Spacing
There are many different ways that parents and teachers choose to use the Cut-Up Sentence strategy for developing writing, printing, and spelling skills.
PALS has an instruction sheet explaining their process for Cut-Up Sentences
Mrs. S's Kindergarten Blog has another method for your consideration.
The Many Lives of the Cut-Up Sentence
How To Help Your Child Put Together a Cut-Up Sentence
The way the kids and I use it is just one way you might like to try.
1. The kids dictate a complete sentence to tell me about a highlight from their day.
2. I write the sentence for them, modeling appropriate word spacing, punctuation, and uppercase letters. Then read the sentence back to them, pointing at each word as I read.
3. I cut the entire sentence off the bottom 1/4 of the paper
4. They use their scissors to cut the sentence strip into individual words
5. The words are mixed up for the kids to sort and put back into order
6. We add glue to the bottom of the paper and they place the words back on the paper in order to create their sentence
7. At this point Anne Hope begins her illustration while Gavin copies the sentence in his own printing
8. They are encouraged to add an illustration that appropriately represents their story and helps them remember what the sentence says
9. The kids "read" back their sentence to me in review. Each day we go through and read the sentences from the previous days as well
They both seem to enjoy this activity and hopefully it is helping them to develop quality writing skills for the future.