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This week, I wrote a couple of posts on my other blog that explains our ongoing writing work in kindergarten. Since the topic is of interest to other teachers, I share parts of those posts here.
(I’m using the “Paragraph” font this time as a comparison. Hope it’s legible to you. My old eyes prefer something bigger.)
For the next month, we will be using the Work Board block of time for small group Writer’s Workshop and creating their own individual stories. It is incredibly difficult but after this month, the children should be more comfortable with the process and everyone should feel supported in their own work. Joanie may not be writing any words in her book as the teacher will still be building the letter sound connection. The teacher will use the pencil to get the story ideas down entirely. Alex may be able to write the initial sounds with prompting and coaching so he will use the pencil some of the time. Jerry may have a bank of known words and a strong letter sound foundation. He will still need coaching in the process. All levels will work together while getting individual assistance, and while listening to me teach skills to the others. Here is a video from last year, taken in the late spring, that shows us on the road to where we are going.
I need to remember that it will not look anything like this for months! At the same time, I have high expectations for most of the students to excel. They are showing me their best effort every day and are proud of themselves. As