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! 

emergent writers · kindergarten · purpose · writer identity

Celebrating Growth When(ever) it Happens

It’s dramatic when the light comes on, when a writer suddenly takes a step they had only recently not yet been ready to take. As a teacher of writers, I can’t wait to pounce on those moments, to facilitate the avalanche of growth on the horizon. 

assessment · conferring · emergent writers · kindergarten · remote learning · small group

How do we get to Know our Writers Remotely: A Case Study

There's no question it is challenging to get to know writers deeply via Zoom. And yet. . . something is working, because all of my remote kindergartners are writing. They are all making books. And while I might not have an hour each day to be side by side with them in the classroom, there is no question I am finding ways to get to know what kind of writers they are and what they need.

emergent writers · kindergarten

Supporting Emergent Writers With Spacing

For young children, one of the most challenging parts of writing a sentence is including spaces between words. I've collected a variety of strategies and tools to support writers with this feat.

early childhood · emergent writers · writer identity · writing workshop

A Writer Emerges: Watching My Daughter Grow as a Writer

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.

emergent writers · giveaway · katie wood ray · kindergarten

Getting Started With Beginning Writers, A Review and Giveaway

In A Teacher’s Guide to Getting Started With Beginning Writers, Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleaveland help us think with our beliefs -- in the decisions we make, in the questions we ask, in our actions, in the language we use, and in how we see children. In everything we do, we send a message, and that message should align with our beliefs.

emergent writers · Inventive spelling · kindergarten · spelling

Words Don’t Make a Writer: Supporting Emergent Writers Who Are Not Yet Writing Words

Are we putting additional stress and pressure on kids to write words? With purpose and joy, kids can go from compliance to engagement and become the kinds of writers who add words as powerful information to their books.

early childhood · emergent writers

Adventures in First Grade Writing

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.