I taught the Cafe strategy for using the table of contents. I printed off Kim Adsit's journal topics for the kids and placed them in a binder. I made a table of contents and numbered the pages.
I don't have a permanent spot for writing so I made this Writing Board from one of those tri-fold science things. I debated on what to cover it with, but voted on black. I turned sheet protectors sideways to I can slide in writing choices. I can rotate their choices as needed. I also included a guide of what is expected when we write.
I used one of those pocket charts from Target for the expectations:
*use 6/7 colors depending on our age for our picture.
* write to go along with what we drew
*use punctuation . ? !
*start with capital letters
*sound out words
*spelled star words correctly
*Razzle Dazzle words
*Wrote more than 6 sentences.
I will tell you what a pain in the rear end it was to wrap this in bulletin board paper. The width was perfect so that was not the problem. I didn't want it to stay flat, but I wanted to be able fold and unfold the board.
I set it up with the sheet protectors open to the edges, so I can change the chioces as needed. I included my sample in the Make a Book if they needed reminding :)