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 look at their writing in May and see wonderful, detailed stories, descriptive language, even kindergarten attempts at dialogue!
These are the books that guide my instruction:
Units of Study for Primary Writing: A Year Long Curriculum by Lucy Caulkins
Already Ready: Nurturing Writers in Preschool and Kindergarten by Katie Wood Ray and Matt Glover
About the Authors: Writing Workshop with Our Youngest Writers by Katie Wood Ray and Lisa B. Cleaveland
In Pictures and In Words by Katie Wood Ray
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!