Loving to Write!

Writing time has always been one of my favorite times of the day in Kindergarten.  It is SO much work and management at the beginning of the year, but the end of the year is SO worth it.  I love, love, love the writing that they can do by the end of the year.  I am SO proud of them.

I started reading this book this year:

imageI am only a few chapters into it – life got in the way, but I love what I’ve read so far.  You should check it out if you’re looking for a book to read this summer!

I’ve used a variety of formats this year for writing, I started with papers in binders, and moved towards papers in folders, and then finally to little books.  My kiddos were loving the little books, but I felt like I needed to move forward – their writing was getting a bit messy, and I felt like they needed more structure.

Here is what I came up with:

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One of the ideas in the book was to create a page like the one on the right so the children can color in a box when they finished a page.  When they start writing, they can open up their journal, look at the “What page am I working on” page and go directly to that number.

I made books with about 25 pages in it. I figured that would be enough even for my most voracious writers. So far so good!

Here are some writing samples from some of my kiddos.

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“My dad is taking me to his work. We are checking places".”

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“Aidan and Easton are playing star wars when we play star wars we are gonna fight.”

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“I like to grow flowers and I like to go to the park.  After April its my birthday”

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“I love my mama. I love my mom because I kiss her and my dad tries to kill the fly.”

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“Karishma was at my house playing go fish.”

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“Football is so fun because football is fun to watch.”

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“The three little bears have a house. Goldilocks and her mom.”

-Not sure what she was trying to say here!-

“She sees a house. She goes into the house and she eats the food.”

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“The bears come to the house. The bears see Goldilocks. They are very mad!”

“Goldilocks was scared. The end.”

{Look at the bears’ angry faces! Priceless!}

I try to start each writing session with a quick mini-lesson or book.  Sometimes the mini-lessons are planned in advance, sometimes they are made up on the spot based on what I see many children doing.  (or even just a few!).

I try to dedicate at least 30 minutes to writing every day. At the beginning of the year, we may not write for 30 minutes, but we do write every single day. (or draw!)

We don’t share every day, but I try to get some sharing in at least once a week.  We all sit in a circle and share our favorite piece.  The children love to look back at all of the stories and share them.

I am always amazed when I look back at their pieces from the beginning of the year and compare them to what they are doing now.  The kids are so excited to see those too!

I would love to hear how you support writing in your classrooms!

P.S. Did I mention how proud I am of these kiddos?!

110 comments:

  1. Wonderful! Would you mind sharing the great writing papers in your journals with the check off lists? They are super swell!

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  2. Sure! I'll try to get to it this weekend! Just have to add DJ Inkers credit to the cover page. Remind me if I forget!!

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    1. Did you ever post a link for the writing worksheet?

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    2. Can I have a copy of this writing paper? I LOVE it!!! My e-mail is Luv4teachn@aol.com. Thanks in advance. :-)

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    3. Hi, Have you posted your writing worksheet yet with the boxes at the bottom? I just love them and would like a copy.

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    4. I can't find a link to use this wonderful writing page you created! Did you ever get around to making that available for us? If not, please do! Thanks!!!!

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    5. These are great! Is there somewhere I can get a copy of the writing sheet and tracking sheet?

      aprilelizabeth21@hotmail.com

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  3. These are wonderful! Please, please post the papers. They are wonderful!
    Camille
    An Open Door

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  4. I really like your writing journal page with the boxes at the bottom so kids have to check them when they are done writing. Over time, I would think they would do it automatically. Your little ones are on their way to becoming great writers!!!
    Connie :)
    welcometofirstgraderoom5.blogspot.com

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  5. I love, love, love the checklist at the bottom. My team and I always struggle with how to keep it altogether during our Writer's Workshop block. This would be perfect.

    Curious - Do you scaffold what's at the bottom - or just keep it all on there since you've been building up to the journal?

    Thanks for sharing this great post!
    Arianne
    Ketchen's Kindergarten

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  6. You have some great writers! I like your idea of the checklist at the bottom of the page. What a wonderful way to remind kids and still let them take responsibility! Renee

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  7. I have this professional book too! I really like it too! It is filled with great mini-lesson ideas. Great writing Kathleen!

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

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  8. These papers in your journal are awesome. Do you have them posted somewhere? I would love to use them with my kindergarteners this last month.

    Thanks.
    Megan
    mhorman@north-cedar.k12.ia.us

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  9. I read that book at the beginning of last school year. Changed the way I taught writing to my Kinders! I love how it presents oral storytelling and hits on the importance of this skill. At the beginning of the year, I spend time every day letting one child tell an oral story (after I model for a few days)and then we all discuss what we would draw if we were to draw the story the child told. It always amazes me how it really helps them begin to visualize what drawing a story looks like and the details that emerges. We then move into drawing stories, and then a few weeks later I begin to add words in my modeling. So happy to see prominent bloggers sharing how wonderful this book is for primary teachers. :)

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  10. I love the pages you use for your writing. I model my writing time off of Kidwriting by Eileen Feldgus.
    I have stapled blank pages together to make a book for each child. I think it was in that book that she recommended using the pages "sideways" (so that the pages are flatter than they are tall). My colleague and I have discussed adding lines for their writing, but never have. We just have them write their words on the back of the page to the left side of their drawing. I really like the idea of a checklist though, for them to start to monitor their own writing, I would like to add that in next year. I also love to look back through the journals to see the progress that they have made. It warms my heart. Each day when my students do write in their "kidwriting journals" I sit with them to assist in their writing portion, and after they write, we conference and I make some notes in their journal as to how well they are doing, or what areas they can improve. Keeping the notes in the journal allows me to keep my observations organized. :) Thanks for the tips!

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  11. I love seeing how far my little writers have come since the first of the year, as well! I have some whose handwriting and spelling is completely transformed by May. We write every day during our Reading rotations. In the fall we work mostly with pictures and copying short sentences off the board. Later, we move on to open ended sentences, and finally they are writing on their own. I love the boxes at the bottom - holds them accountable for their writing! :)

    Kayla
    www.teachingwithskillpatiencelaughter.blogspot.com

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  12. You should be proud! Their writing is great. I love the editing boxes at the bottom.
    My Second Sense

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  13. These writing pieces are awesome! I love the checklist at the bottom, too. My kids really like to check things off & I like the accountability that it gives them. I would love to have a copy of your paper to use for the end of the year!
    ~Jen

    Jen's Kinder Kids

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  14. i love using picture books as springboards for writing activities. Some of my favorites include: "Not a Box" (cannot think of author) "Not a Line" (by the same author), and the Library Mouse books- they really hit home the idea that they are writers!!

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  15. Thank you for sharing your kids' writing! They did great!! I agree writing is hard work, but so, so worth it. I just posted on writing too if you want to come check it out. :)
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  16. I love your writing paper!! Is there a way to purchase a copy!! It is wonderful!!

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  17. Thanks for taking the time to post the pictures. It's great to see the writings and pictures by your students. You can be very proud of them!
    I do hop eyou ar able to post the pages. Having the check off at the bottom is very helpful. I use the "Kid writin" format and we use blank pages.
    Do you use the same lined paper throughout the year or do you change it? Starting off in the beginning of the year is very hard for my k-kids to get started when there are lines. Any suggestions would be helpful!
    Thanks so much!
    Maryann
    brennemm@carlisleschools.org

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  18. Hello, I just started following you. This is my first year teaching kindergarten. I love the calendar books! I noticed that it looks like you also use a promethean board for calendar, is this one that you created?
    Thanks,
    Celeste
    celeste.avery@anoka.k12.mn.us

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  19. Can you share the journal sheet that you are using? I like the editing piece at the bottom. Thanks!
    Dana

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  20. I love the writing that your kiddos are doing and the idea of putting books together. I have been having writing folders and was looking for a more organized way. Love the paper...please, please share!

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  21. I love the idea of putting the writing pages together into a book. I would love to have a copy.
    Thanks,
    Sylvia
    slittle@huntsville-isd.org

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  22. Oh. my. goodness! You are an A-mazing teacher!! AND I love the check boxes at the bottom to have your kids double check their work! So smart!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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  23. Their first grade teachers are going to LOVE you and all of your hard work! I would love a copy of the writing page as well :)

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  24. Did you post a copy of your writing paper somewhere...would love to have a copy. We use something similar, but I like yours better!

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  25. I would love a copy of your writing page as well. I think it would be great to keep my daughter active over the summer.

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  26. I'm going to join in and ask for a copy of your journal paper! Pretty please!!

    laurap234@hotmail.com

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  27. I too am a big fan of your journal writing paper. I would love to have a copy for my Kinders!
    Please!:-)

    jlundh@comcast.net

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  28. I love the journal writing paper....could I get a copy for my kinders?! pretty pretty please??

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  29. I love the writing paper! Can you share? moira.ogata@gmail.com Thanks!

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  30. You have great writers! I would love these journal pages for my Kindergartners!
    Jenny3322@hotmail.com

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  31. I would love these journal pages for my kindergarteners, they are great!
    AntoniaSchneider21@hotmail.com

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  32. Love the writing paper. We use a check list but staple it to writing. Like having it right on the paper. Are you going to post paper on blog?
    Juliec@pps.net

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  33. Did you ever post the writing paper? I would also like a copy.
    teamrockstar1@me.com

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  34. I, too, would love a copy of this awesome paper. Did you ever post a link?
    Thanks, morahhess@gmail.com

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  35. Love the paper. Did you ever post it?

    beckyaweiss@comcast.net

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  36. Love the paper with the check list as well!!:) Can I have a copy?

    mmhollingsworth1@gmail.com

    Thanks!!:)

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  37. Would you be willing to share your paper with the check list to me also, pretty please? I think it is wonderful! Thank you.
    glickkr@gmail.com

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  39. I would love to use these papers for my daughters journal work. Would you mind sharing? Thanks so much!
    amagers02@gmail.com

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  40. I would also love a copy of this paper. If you are willing to email a copy out, would you please include me? This is exactly what my kids need! Thanks!! Kgore24@gmail.com

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  41. Another request for your pages :-) Love those.

    kapeters123@yahoo.com

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  42. I love the writing page you created. Do you mind sharing a copy?
    jennifer.selvek@cms.k12.nc.us

    thanks

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  43. LOve Love Love the writing page with the checklist at the bottom? If you get a chance, will you pretty please email it to me? Thanks so much!!!
    kmichael1785@gmail.com

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  44. Like so many others, I love your journaling paper. If possible I would love a copy of it, if you are sharing.
    Thank you very much,
    glickkr@gmail.com

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  45. I would love a copy of your writing paper as well. cveneziale79@hotmail.com. what a great idea!

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  46. I would love a copy of your journal pages! Natcodd55@aol.com

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  47. If you are sharing your writing paper, I would love a copy! It's awesome! :)

    mkearneyteach@gmail.com

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  48. I would also LOVE the writing paper. :)

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  49. Hi everyone -- the journal paper is available here!
    http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/We-Love-to-Write-Journals-from-Month-to-Month

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    1. The writing paper is great! I went to the link for your store for the journal pages, but they are not the same pages that you show on your blog. Is there anyway you can share the journal pages from your blog?
      Thanks!

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  50. I saw this on Pinterest and had to make one for my kids. You can download it here: http://schoolbloopers.tumblr.com/post/33882734730/primary-writing-paper-with-checklist

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  51. Thanks Miss Lee. I've printed a copy of yours and already given a copy to 3 fellow teachers. Thank you!

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  52. The check marks at the bottom would be soo soo helpful for the students! Can you please share?? KariJWhite@gmail.com

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  53. This is great! I would love a copy of it!
    thank you
    littleone4352@aol.com

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  54. LOVE your writing paper! Could you please share with me so I share it with my K-2 team?
    Thank you-:)
    Lstack@comcast.net

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  55. Are you sharing this fabulous writing tool?
    coolskunk@hotmail.com
    Please and thank you!

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  56. This is just what I've been looking for! Are you sharing or selling this on TPT?
    Thanks!

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  57. Could I have a copy of the writing paper too, please I love it!
    Thanks Tracey
    valentinet@coatesville.k12.pa.us or
    trvalentin@aol.com

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  58. Did you ever give a copy of the writing paper? I'd love it too! Sara

    twinkle_toes_93@hotmail.com

    Thanks!

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  59. Could you share the writing paper with me? Thank you!
    crokem@tcs.k12.nc.us

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  60. Could you share the writing paper with me as well? Thanks so much!

    anrasm@rfsd.k12.wi.us

    Thanks!

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  61. I just saw this on pinterest and I LOVE it. I also do monthly journals, and I made paper for it, but I love the idea of having the boxes at the bottom. If you wouldn't mind sharing, I'd love to have a copy.
    karenkerns@hotmail.com

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  62. Hi, Is there any way I could get a copy of the journal writing paper? What a great idea to have the check off boxes at the bottom! I would really appreciate it. Thanks,

    caren.lori@mybradford.us

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  63. Love the boxes on the bottom of the paper. Is there any way to get a copy of this writing paper?
    thanks
    pamandbrady@aol.com

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  64. Was anyone able to get a copy?

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  65. I absolutely love your writing paper. I would love a copy of the template!

    sarahnic.johnson@gmail.com

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  66. Absolutely love this writing paper with the boxes on the bottom. Will you share? Please?

    deallen@sanjuan.edu

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  67. I love the writing paper, it is a great idea! If possible can you please send me a copy

    Dlamorte1109@yahoo.com....TIA

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  68. Can you please send me one too? Love it. Kkacz99@yahoo.com

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  69. I would love the writing paper too! It is just perfect!!!

    angelahouse77@yahoo.com

    Thank you so much!!!

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  70. I love your writing paper! It would be perfect for my class. If you are sharing it, could you please send me a copy?

    ndgoodman@valdosta.edu

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  71. Love the writing paper as well. Can I also have a copy?

    kathy_glaze@msn.com

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  72. That paper is amazing! Would you mind sharing? my e-mail is mcburgart@gmail.com

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  73. I love the paper Can I get a copy please? Beckie in mS
    beckienieman@bellsouth.net

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  74. Would love to have a copy of the writing paper! miskelly.tracy@gmail.com

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  75. Me, too! Me, too! Can I also get a copy of the writing paper?
    jcrump.home@gmail.com

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  76. Hello, I love your writing checkoff list. Any way you would be able to share this with me?

    Thanks,

    Courtney

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  78. I love your writing paper! Can you link it or send to me? It's fantastic!

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  82. I would love a copy of the writing page. Thanks.
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  83. This is amazing! I am a public Montessori teacher and would LOVE to use this journal paper for my Kindergarteners. I would love a copy- please please please!!! Eve.mendolia@apsva.us

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  88. I would love to do these next year. Would you mind sharing? Thank you! Wish I had talent!

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  97. Would you mind sending me a copy as well? I love these!! cherman2000@yahoo.com

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  98. We are trying to improve our writing workshops as well. Could you share this with us as well?? I love the check off boxes at the bottom! Thank you
    zeisd@fox.k12.mo.us

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  99. I'm sorry to jump on the wagon too but is it possible to get this paper? I love the way you have the picture space and the checklist at the bottom. It is a great way to format the paper. Thank you! tolendzki@mr238.org

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  100. I too love how you put those check off boxes at the bottom. Did you share them somewhere? Otherwise can I get a copy, please? My email is rmooy@gmail.com Thanks

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  101. I love the writing paper as well. It would work really well for my ELs. Do you have it available for purchase or a link to it? Thank you!
    yassar@holmen.k12.wi.us

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