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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I LoveTeaching Writing

OK I never thought I would ever utter or write those words! Teaching writing has never been something that I have ever loved - disliked OK loathed probably would be a better way to describe my feelings about teaching writing to kindergartners until now. So what has changed??? I discovered the blogging world and some wonderful kindergarten teachers! I am in love love love with the writing units from Deedee Wills and Deanna Jump!  Did I mention I love them!  My kinders are doing sooooooo well with their writing.  It has taken some time to get up and running and some tweaking in my schedule but I think we are finally on the right track. They are sooooo excited to finish our first writing unit and have our first publishing party tomorrow.  What is even better is that they are super excited to start our next unit! Here are some examples of what they have been doing during this first unit.
 This one says "I see a house on fire.  My cousin was in there."  Can I tell you this freaked me out a little!! But when I asked about it he laughed and said "I just made it up!" But don't you love the fire and smoke coming out of the windows and the big black hair!
 This one says "I see the sun go up." Don't you love the arrow pointing up from the sun and the arrow going down from the moon!
This one says "I like to play on the swings down and up." We were talking about making detailed settings, I love the big flower!
 This one was made on the day I finally had to say no more drawing rainbows and writing I see a rainbow.  So this little guy figured out a way around it!  He wrote "I have a rainbow tent."!
This one started by saying "I saw a castle." When I asked her if she could tell me more she wrote "A dragon lives there." I just love the dragon sticking out of the side of the castle!

Hope you enjoyed a peek into our writing unit!  I will try and get some pictures of our publishing party tomorrow.

7 comments:

  1. Sarah, I really like your children's work, especially the dragon! I also felt as you did - I didn't like teaching writing. I'd be trying to teach a separate reading group and my kids would constantly be asking me how to spell words. Eventually I decided to make some theme-based writing folders with labeled pictures. This helped my kids immensely! One that I think you might like on TPT is my Fantasy Folder. If you're looking for free stuff, please come over and check out my blog - I have lots of giveaways specifically for kindergarten.

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    http://teachingwithsight.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! I will check it out!

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    2. Oops! When I came back and saw your reply, I realized that I didn't follow you last time. Now I'm your latest follower! :)

      Sharon Dudley, NBCT

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  2. I understand the frustration with writing...it can be mind-boggling some days.
    I've nominated you for the Liebster award. Hop over to my blog for info on what to do next.
    Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten

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  3. I am so super excited that I found your blog! It is FANTASTIC! That is why I nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award and am your newest follower - you rock! Check out my blog post for all the information!
    http://keepinitkoolinkinderland.blogspot.com/2012/11/liebster-award-nomination-woo-hoo.html

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  4. OH!!!! Thank you for sharing your little sweeties writing! I DO love the dragon sticking his head out. I added your blog to my writing post. I hope you get some new visitors who can "ohhh and ahhh" over your students' writing!

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