How often do your students get to color?
How often do your students get to illustrate their books in color?
Do your students color with meaning and purpose?
This post shares research and tips for making writing workshop more colorful (in any grade!).
What makes the physical and visual process of writing challenging?
Read to find out how an occupational therapist collaborated with a classroom teacher to increase participation of all students during writing workshop.
Writing is not limited to a center choice during play. It is a part of all centers! Read this post to find out how to invite different kinds of writing at the most engaging time of day.
How do you when you are a writer? I’ve been following my daughter’s journey and watching her grow in her belief she is a writer. I’m a believer, too.
When you love writing, and love teaching writing, and when you blog often about the teaching of writing, it’s a wee bit awkward when your own first grade son refuses to write in school.
My son, a kindergartener, is reluctant to write at homework time. But is he a reluctant writer?
My son, Alex, will be starting kindergarten this coming September, and I find myself thinking back to what I did to help those four and five year old emergent writers. With rising expectations for what incoming kindergarteners can do, I’ve been dusting off my kindergarten bag of tricks to work with Alex, to help him feel confident and ready when school starts.
Last week, I encouraged a group of preschoolers to write books about their experiences. It went better than I expected.
Betsy Hubbard wrote a series of posts on writing in preschool last year. Her preschool series was not only informative about the ways to teach writing to three- and four-year-olds, but it conveyed a deep and genuine respect for our youngest learners. Let’s take a look back at what Betsy had to say about these emerging writers.
When students first begin writing their stories they are oral and planned drawings. Eventually, however, letters and words begin to emerge on the page. How do we instruct this change? It first begins with… Continue reading
Before this series of posts on preschool writers began, I asked you to tell me what burning questions you had. Get ready for a Q&A!
Writing is a big animal. A subjective animal as well when it comes to teaching our youngest writers.
“People who are comfortable composing are much more likely to have strong identities as writers than people who don’t.” Katie Wood Ray & Matt Glover
What is your writing routine? Find some advice and tools to assist you in developing a routine that works for you and your students.
Demonstrating that print carries a message is the first and most important step when taking a writer from talking and drawing to writing words.
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.
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.
A peek inside a preschool writer and picnic style workshop.