I will have to say that writing is my absolute favorite time of the day! The children spread out around the room – some are sitting at their tables (because they need to be *wink*), some are sitting at the kitchen table, some are in comfy chairs with clipboards, and most are spread out, laying on their tummies on the floor. I turn the lights off, turn on some quiet music and we get to work!
Before we start writing, I always do a quick mini-lesson. This is usually based on what I see children doing (or not doing) the day before. I always write in front of the children. I model the brainstorming process, drawing a quick sketch, and getting started on my story.
Then we get to work…
This little guy was writing about his sister getting hot lava poured on her. “Hssss…..No Chloe! Said Braydon.” He always writes very creative stories!
motor cycle track
After he wrote this we talked about illustrations. He tended to draw scribbles and make up a story to go with it. (Yes, that has it’s place, but this little guy was beyond that, and I knew he could do more – I had seen him do more, and he was just starting to get complacent with his writing). Since our conference, he has been drawing more detailed pictures!
The turkeys ran away. (This was after we read The Great Turkey Escape)
I like to go to the park with Hailee.
She always draws such detailed, amazing pictures, and often didn’t get to the writing. She had many pages of great pictures, but not a lot of writing. At her conference, we talked about making sure that there are some words to go along with her gorgeous pictures. She knows she’s a great illustrator, but she also wants to be a great writer. So, we agreed that she has to practice both equally!
I was dancing with my brother.
This writing I did during a conference with this little girl. She needs some support to get started and connect the letters to their sounds. Once we talk it through a couple of times she is good to go!
Shoot. I can’t remember what she was writing!
I am having a tea party at my house.
I am shooting a missle.
I am so proud of my kiddos work during writing. We are writing independently now for 20, maybe 30 minutes depending on the day. After writing, they find a partner and share their writing with them. We don’t share every day as a whole group, but I TRY to partner share.
Katie Wood Ray and Matt Glover are two of my favorite author’s for teaching writing to young children.
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