Category Archive: early childhood

Reluctant Writer?

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My son, a kindergartener, is reluctant to write at homework time. But is he a reluctant writer?

Emergent Writing and Star of the Day

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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.

Engaging with Preschool Writers

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Last week, I encouraged a group of preschoolers to write books about their experiences. It went better than I expected.

In Thanks: Books That Built a Writing Teacher

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What are the books that have shaped you as a teacher of writing? Reflecting today, in thanks, for the authors and books that have influenced my life as a teacher.

Writing in Preschool — Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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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.

Where Do the Words Go?

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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

My Re-Programming Process

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Sometimes you just have to start over.

Writing in Preschool: Questions and Answers

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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 in Preschool: Scope and Sequence

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Writing is a big animal. A subjective animal as well when it comes to teaching our youngest writers.

Writing in Preschool. Where Does it All Fit?

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“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

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.

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.

Boys and Girls Playing Together + Book Giveaways

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I recently read Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture (2011) by Peggy Orenstein.  While hospitals don’t hand out manuals to parents who leave with a… Continue reading

An Interview with Leslie Patricelli + Giveaways

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About a month or two after my daughter was born, I posted several status updates on my Facebook page complaining about the quality of the board books we had.  They were too short,… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: The Journey

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Caroline Gonzalez currently works as an Instructional Support teacher for grades 1-3 in South Brunswick NJ.  After 21 years of teaching, she is completing coursework to attain an Administrator’s License.  She is the… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: Fostering a Love of Writing

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Maureen Ingram has taught in cooperative preschools in the Washington, D.C. suburbs since September 2000, working primarily with three year olds, and mentoring adults – both parents and teachers – in their work… Continue reading