This idea came to me as I was reading There Is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems during this week's Atelier@Home read-aloud. There are a few children in the program (including my own) who are reluctant writers.
This Piggy and Elephant book uses speech bubbles throughout. It is the perfect way to distinguish between the pictures and the text.
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I grabbed a stack of sticky notes and cut out speech bubble shapes. I made sure to keep the sticky part, so children can adhere it to their own drawings.
I placed these in the Art/Writing center and showed my children how the bubbles are the same as the author used in the book.
My oldest son made this picture. Pretty clever. Those asteroids will get you every time :)
This trick teaches children that writing has meaning. It also gives them an authentic opportunity to practice writing from left to right and top to bottom.