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Pencil Grip Tip!

If your kindergartners (or pre-schoolers, first graders, children, fill in the blank) are anything like mine, MANY of them are still developing a proper pencil grip.  Or actually, they have developed an improper pencil grip, and you are trying to re-train their hands. I find every year that I have four or five kids with […]

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Turning Your Life Into The Script

In many writing books and programs teachers are given scripts.  There are often lesson overviews, followed by the words to say to get us going.  This can be comforting, and it is excellent for new teachers. Please, don’t rely on these exact scripts.  In order to make our teaching authentic, it is critical that we modify these […]

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How To!

I LOVE teaching the How To unit in writing workshop!  We are really in the thick of it right now, and each year I remember all over again how fun it is.  A few years ago a colleague and I developed a “kindergarten appropriate immersion plan.”  We really wanted to immerse our students in the […]

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Poetry in Kindergarten

I just finished up a poetry unit in reading workshop with my kindergartners.  I have to admit, I was nervous to teach poetry in kindergarten for several years, and actually avoided it all together.  I justified it by saying that we worked with nursery rhymes, and that was sufficient.  Last year I took the plunge, […]

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Inspiration Page

I have attended quite a few professional development conferences and lectures recently where the subject of idea generation has come up with regard to young writers.  I know in upper elementary it is quite common to have idea lists, and this is the suggestion that I usually receive.  However, with kids that are JUST learning […]

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