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In Pictures and in Words Book Study Part 1

Deedee Wills kicked off our book study and she did such a great job that I just want to add a few little snippits.  By sharing some pictures of student writing from my classroom.   One thing that really stood out to me in this book is the idea that it is OKAY to slow down and take our time.  Writers don't have to jump right in and start writing "words" to create meaning.  Each time they pick up a pencil or a crayon they are making meaning through their illustrations.  I'm excited about really zooming in on book illustrations and lingering over the pages just a little bit longer in my writers workshop lessons.  Here are a few pictures of times when my little writers told a story through their pictures. 

This one says, Mrs. Jump is beautiful. 
This little guy did such a great job with his illustrations that you would have totally known exactly what he was writing about.  I mean, Hello?  I think that looks exactly like me.  Don't you?

The cutest part of this story is that when I conferenced with this little friend I said,
"Can you tell me about your writing?"  and he turned to me and put one hand on each of my cheeks and he looked in my eyes and said,  "Mrs.  Jump, you are so beautiful." 

Be still my heart.  I LOVE this little guy!

I said,  "Oh, that is so sweet.  Thank you!"
I wish the story ended there because that is a beautiful story I tell you (that's my inner Junie B. talking).  But like any little man in training he just didn't know when to end it. 
 So....I'm sad to say he followed up with, "Yeah, I just love all those little wrinkles by your eyes."

This one is from a reading response activity where they wrote aout The Gingerbread Girl. 
Her meaning is clear by looking at the illustrations.
We can tell that she is telling us about the Little Gingerbread Girl riding on the back of the fox. 

In the book Katie Wood Ray states that when we teach through illustrations children are encouraged to linger longer wil illustrations, to use color and other media to make meaning, and to expand what the words say by intentionally composing with illustrations. 

My friend Deedee gives a more in depth summary of the first 6 chapters of the book.  You can read her post by clicking HERE.


  1. Your story had me cracking up! You've got to love how blatantly honest those little kiddos are! :)

    Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

  2. Love how honest kinder kids are! Your story was soo funny!
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. LOL! This reminds me of a time when a kiddo asked me, "Did you dye your hair darker?" and when i said yes they said "It looked better before." I thanked him for his honesty, sigh.

    Falling Into First
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    1. Oh, Lordy! Kids are painfully honest! :)

  4. You are charming my friend! After highlights on Saturday, I return to school and a darling told me I went gray over the weekend. Oh.My!

    1. AAAA! Out of the mouths of little ones! :)

  5. WHAT WRINKLES?????????????

    Unless you photoshop all of your pictures.... I see NO wrinkles.

    When I see you in real life in less than a month...I'm going to grab your cheeks and say.....

    "Deanna, you are so beautiful AND wrinkle FREE!" :)

    1. Unfortunately, I do have a few. :( But I LOVE you for being so sweet!

  6. I agree with how truthful they are - I went red over christmas vacation with my hair - one of the kids asked me if Mrs. Green (other first grade teacher) and I stayed overnight and dyed my hair together.

  7. Such a cute story. It just reminds us all to let the children take their time because they are so wise.

    The Very Busy Kindergarten

  8. Too cute!!! He knows what BEAUTIFUL is for sure:)

  9. Cute, cute, cute!!
    By the way,t he Gingerbread Girl picture says "She rode the fox home."

    1. Haha! Thanks! I realized that once I was able to blow the picture up. :) I couldn't read it on the teeny tiny screen. :)

  10. That was so funny! I love teaching the little ones. :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  11. Love, love, love your stories in your posts! Come by and read mine if you get time. I would love to hear what you have to say.
    Carole Dawn

  12. Oh what a sweet story!! Gotta love the honesty of a child! :0)

    Kindergarten Lifestyle

  13. You did such a beautiful job of adding in your feelings about the chapters. Now I want to race back and delete my humungous post! But, I won't. I'll let it sit (probably unread because it's too long). :)

    ✰ Kimberley ✰
    First in Maine

  14. so cute. Loved reading the part about the wrinkles under the eyes!

  15. I love your stories. So cute and brutally honest. :(
    I also loved when Katie (we're on a first name basis since we're such good friends) discussed going slow and taking the time to reflect. She would often say they'd work on one book for weeks. So refreshing! I often feel pressured by administrations and, sometimes, parents to speed the process along. This is such a mistake. We don't pick fruit before they are ripe so why would I rush my students?
    Thanks for everything. You are such an inspiration!



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