Matching Children to Writing Notebooks
Eileen G. Feldgus, Ed.D.


3 Gray Lines - Horizontal 
- At this level, children are Kid Writers. They are writing with teacher assistance in 
“Stretching-Through-with-a-Moving Target.” Typically, used for most of Kindergarten.

Blank Left Hand Page 
-Children “Draw-Your-Story” or “Draw-Your-Information”
Gray Lines on top of Right Hand Page
-Children do Kid Writing in white spaces with teacher assistance in 
“stretching-through” and in locating Word Wall words, etc.
-Teacher does Adult Writing (conventional) writing of child’s message
at bottom of page. Children at this level need to see their message written
 conventionally as connected text with accurate spacing.


5 Gray Lines - Horizontal 
– At this level, children are writing longer pieces independently in a natural language flow to the point where the teacher can read the message. Typically, used for end of Kindergarten into Grade One.


Blank Left Hand Page 
-Children “Draw-Your-Story” or “Draw-Your-Information”
Gray Lines on top of Right Hand Page
-Children write independently in white spaces.
-Teacher does Adult Writing (conventional) in gray spaces directly below only those words needing it, while praising child’s accuracy and logical approximations.


1 ½ pages Gray Lines – Vertical 
- At this level, children have less space for drawing and more space for writing as their pieces become longer. Typically, used for mid Grade 1 into Grade 2.
-Children “Draw-Your-Story” or “Draw-Your-Information” or may 
sometimes use webs as pre-writing organizers in the top blank area on left hand page.
- Children write independently in white spaces.
-Teacher does Adult Writing (conventional) in gray spaces directly below only those words needing it, while praising child’s accuracy and logical approximations.