Writing is a WONDERFUL thing!
We write EVERYDAY!
Writing is the one area in kindergarten where you can hands-down see the most growth! It's amazing to look back to the beginning of the year and see their scribbles and random strings of letters, and then flip to their journals in May and see wonderful, detailed stories, descriptive language, even kindergarten attempts at dialogue!
I have read a lot of books on writing, but my absolute favorite is 6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary Gradesby Ruth Culham. Before I read this book, I was happy if my kindergartners wrote 2-3 complete sentences with spaces and punctuation and uppercase letters where they needed to be. I figured my job as a kindergarten teacher was to teach them the basics. The upper-grade teachers could teach them how to fancy their writing up later.
But according to Ruth Culham, good ideas, organization, voice, word choice and sentence fluency are just as basic as the spaces and punctuation and uppercase letters. And all of this CAN and SHOULD be taught from day 1!
My kindergarten class will start the year off with some plain white paper stapled together. I will do a lot of modeling, they will do a lot of writing, and together, we will do a lot of conferencing. By the end of the year, we will be participating in a full-fledged Writer's Workshop, complete with revising, editing and publishing.
Along the way, I will post about my mini-lessons, shared-writing and workshop procedures. So check back often!