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We learn to write the powerful heart word sentence "I love you" and then create secret messages to take home and hide around the house. Authentic, engaging writing-to-read experiences accelerate literacy! See photo essay from Katie Nelson's joyful all-day kindergarten. From "Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core by Nellie Edge," Chapter 4. Allowance Children, Secret Messages, Writing To Reading, Kindergarten Handwriting, Valentines Day, Basic Handwriting, Power Sentences, Kindergarten Writing, Handwriting Motion
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A Nellie Edge Kindergarten Writing Seminar strategy: Any time of year is a grand time to invite children to express gratitude and love by writing secret messages to take home and hide for their families to find ... under their dad's pillow, in the refrigerator, under the computer. Sing and fingerspell to plant these words in long term memory! From "Sing, Sign, Spell, and Read! (CD, Anthology and Fingerspelling Templates) by Nellie Edge
Children learn to draw and label animals in their own really cool books, again practicing their heart words in a motivating and authentic context. They love to decorate their end page, remembering the chant "t-h-e e-n-d The End!" Strategy from "Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core:Joyful Pathways to Accelerated Literacy" by Nellie Edge.
Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting is multisensory and differentiated, and is integrated into authentic writing, phonics, and word work. Photo essay from "Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core" by Nellie Edge.
LOVE is a powerful pink "heart word" and one of the first we teach children to sing, sign, spell, and read. Once children know it "by heart," they get to take home a "heart word" necklace. See "Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core:Joyful Pathways to Accelerarted Literacy" by Nellie Edge, Chapter 4. Watch FREE ASL INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO and learn to fingerspell and sing the "L-O-V-E Spells Love" song.
Children practice the high-frequency words "the end" in an authentic context on the backs of their "real cool" books. Once they have written their books, they love fancying up their end pages, producing unique and creative work. Read this blog for concise and powerful publishing strategies. nellieedge.com/... For more in depth information, see Chapter 9 of "Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core" by Nellie Edge.
Rubric on how to grade, but also to show students what you want and how they should illustrate and write.