I want to express my gratitude for all of you, our amazing Room 203 family members! I have enjoyed connecting with many of you already at our recent conference, talking about how we can work together to support our little learners. I look forward to having this time with the rest of you in the next two days. The amount of learning that this energetic group of kindergarteners has engaged in this fall is amazing, and I feel grateful that I get to facilitate it every day. Thank you all for the adult support you give this learning, both at home and in the classroom.
Enjoy the next few days of family and feasting!
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Reading our own Writing!
We have been busy writing true stories about our lives in Writers' Workshop, adding lots and lots of details to help our readers feel like they are right there in the story with us! All of the students have been excited to use pictures and words to tell these stories. They have been stretching out words and writing the sounds they hear down, excitedly writing pages and pages of words they want to tell the world! At this age, quantity will lead to quality.
One of the most powerful things that emergent writers can do is reread their writing. My writers have been working hard to be able to do this challenging work. Last week, the kindergarten writers all chose a piece of their writing that they could read and read it to their 2nd grade reading buddies. Later, we did a gallery walk with our masterpieces, trying to read each others’ writing by stretching out the words and noticing the things that writers did to make their writing easier to read. We also filled out narrative and editing checklists to help us know what we are already doing and what we still need to work on as narrative writers.
These stories and checklists will be posted on the students' E-folio writing pages soon. Photos of our writing celebrations are posted below.