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 … Continue Reading Where Do the Words Go?
Sometimes you just have to start over.
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.
Tiny hands are limitless story tellers.
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 … Continue Reading Boys and Girls Playing Together + Book Giveaways
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 … Continue Reading An Interview with Leslie Patricelli + Giveaways
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. … Continue Reading GUEST BLOG POST: The Journey
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 – … Continue Reading GUEST BLOG POST: Fostering a Love of Writing
This past weekend I needed to pick up a few feeding-related items for my daughter at Buy Buy Baby. Since Isabelle was sleeping, I found myself weaving through the brightly-lit … Continue Reading C’mon… Kumon?