I really enjoy reading a helpful and informative blog waddlee-ah-chaa. The two sisters who write this blog generously share great books in giveaways and also have a lot of practical advice on promoting literacy and creativity in children. I was very intrigued by this very helpful post on introducing reading response journal to young children. I printed a page for Anna and invited her for some “homework”. Since we are all psyched up for kindergarten, homework suggestion was accepted with great enthusiasm. I asked her to pick any book that she likes. To my surprise, she chose Panda-monium, which we received from Tiger Tales. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice book, and I see it out pretty often, but the text and content are more appropriate in my mind for young 3 year olds than for mature 4 year olds. However, I didn’t argue with the choices of that 4 year old and presented her with a reading response paper. It took a while for her to think of a favorite part for this book, but eventually she came up with a sentence, and I wrote it down on the board. Once she realized that I don’t ask her to spell the words, she was quite happy to copy her reading response and illustrate her story. I hope to make this exercise part of our daily routine and bind the reading responses into a folder. It will be interesting to see how her writing progresses over a year!