I often ask children to draw their ideas as I find it helps them to verbalise their thoughts more fully and use more descriptive language when communicating their ideas. Recording what they say about their drawings also provides the perfect opportunity for modelling the writing process in a meaningful way.
Later that day, during playtime, I heard my children chatting excitedly about what could be under the classroom as they peered under. This had really sparked their interest!
Th next day we received a letter from a Gnome called Norman, currently residing underneath our room, and this provided the catalyst for more spontaneous, purposeful writing...
Letters were exchanged back and forth for quite some time, a number of houses were built for Norman and the children were engaged in:
Representing their ideas verbally and visually and modelled and independent writing experiences that were meaningful to them.