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In The Beginning…Writing in Preschool

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“Children’s play helps them focus on common problems in the format they know best: story.” Vivian Gussin Paley

ICYMI: A Recap of This Week’s Blog Series, Writing About Reading

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Our second blog series has come to an end. This post wraps up the Writing About Reading Blog Series. Also, we’d like to invite you to our Twitter Chat on Monday evening 8:30-9:30 EST.

Writing About Reading: Opinion Writing in a K-1 Collaboration

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Everything from interactive, shared and letter writing, to opinion pieces. This K-1 collaboration started with reading!

Write, Share, Give: SOL Time

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“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
―Victor Hugo

Reflection and Growth: Writing in Preschool

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Have you ever found yourself in this place? A place where you begin to see something missing and immediately want to change? Be better? I hope so!

Write, Share, Give: SOLS Time

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“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”
― Ray Bradbury

Tapping Into Motivation

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How do you motivate students and tap into their interests? What are you doing to create an environment that allows students to take a risk?

Write, Share, Give: SOLS Time

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“Write what should not be forgotten.”
― Isabel Allende

Betsy’s One Little Word For 2014

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come to my quietness
I shall cover you with it, like
a white sheet that has blown all day in
the sun, like a mountain lake
filled with spring, it shall slip over you.
— Diane di Prima

Will You Help In March?

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Can you believe it is approaching the seventh annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge?

Building Stamina in Primary Writers

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My Kindergarten Classroom in October of 2011 Looking around the room…… “I’m done,” echoes as a line forms. I begin looking at the work, making my way down the line. The drawings lack… Continue reading

The Importance of Sharing

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How does sharing fit into your writing workshop routine? Find tools and ideas to put sharing on your priority list of daily rituals.

A Writing Routine with Primary Writers

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What is your writing routine? Find some advice and tools to assist you in developing a routine that works for you and your students.

A Thankful Day

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Thinking about writing a poem? A poem full of Thanksgiving is a great place to start.

Sneak Attack!

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A project inspired by radio but inspiring to the heart.

What Do You Do With a Child Like This?

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Demonstrating that print carries a message is the first and most important step when taking a writer from talking and drawing to writing words.

Tailoring Our Teaching with Conferring: The Basics with the Youngest Writers

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What chair are you sitting in when it comes to conferring? Is it too hard, too soft or just right? Read on to find common questions and tips when sitting beside the youngest writers.

Teacher Prompt and Support Continuum—Talking to Drawing

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Prompting and support can be tricky business. Here are some tips for early writers who have moved from the verbal story and are ready to draw. These suggestions will help you support the right things at the right time in the right way.

It Starts With a Conversation

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A peek inside a preschool writer and picnic style workshop.

A Tiny Invitation

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Tiny hands are limitless story tellers.