writing workshop

Listen to the Children

I've been thinking a lot lately about how my Kindergarten students perceive themselves as writers, so I decided to interview my class in order to learn more about their perspectives on writing and what it means to them as five and six year old emergent writers. Their responses have given me quite a lot to consider!

authentic writing · childhood · early childhood · emergent writers · kindergarten · play

Writing and Playing: A Natural Pairing in the Kindergarten Classroom

Writing and playing are not one and the same but there is deep value in forging connections between the two by finding regular opportunities to have children both write while they play, AND play while they write! 

Resetting Our Workshop Practices Blog Series · teaching tools · writing utensils

A Writing Tool that Honors the Writing Process Itself: Resetting Our Workshop Practices

Do your students use pencils to write with during writing workshop? If so, you may want to reconsider this practice in favor of something a little more permanent.

character development · kindergarten · primary grades

Puppets and Playdates: A Pre-Writing Strategy for Character Development and Writing Engagement in the Kindergarten Classroom

Puppets are powerful vehicles through which kindergarten students can develop characters and experiment with storytelling and play is essential to the way that young children learn. By combining puppets and play, children can begin to do the important pre-writing work necessary to develop rich characters and powerful stories in writing workshop.