Category Archive: early childhood

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

C’mon… Kumon?

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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 aisles of the… Continue reading

Book Suggestions for Kids Who Are New to School

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My neighbor’s son is starting Kindergarten this month.  Even though I’ve only known him for a little over a year, I’m delighted for him since this is an exciting time in a young… Continue reading

Stacey’s M.M. Post: Baseball

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“Peanuts for sale! Get your fresh hot-roasted peanuts for sale!” I hollered. “How much?” asked my Grandfather, indulging my childhood play. “Fifty cents,” I replied. “Oh, that’s a good deal Morris. Buy two!”… Continue reading

Memory Boxes

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Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge was published in 1985, when I was in third grade. However, my third grade teacher never read it to me, nor did my fourth or my fifth. In fact,… Continue reading

Publishing Small Moment Stories in Kindergarten

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I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours at P.S. 171, my old school, yesterday when I was in NYC taking care of some wedding planning. During the time I was… Continue reading