We learn to write "I love you" with good handwriting and spaces between words. Then we create secret messages to take home and hide around the house. Authentic, engaging writing-to-read experiences accelerate literacy! From Katie Nelson's joyful all-day kindergarten. Follow link to see photo essay: All Children Love to Write: I love you!
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. 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.
Sample pages from “Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting, Phonics, and Word Work.” by Nellie Edge. Our goal in these short handwriting, phonics, and word work lessons is to help children focus, review handwriting skills, and practice in an authentic context. Notice that each page is unique and includes opportunity for creative thinking and writing.
This is a common core writing workstation! Everything is labeled and displayed so all of the students can start writing effectively. There is a writers checklist, a mini word wall, and an "I can" chart for all students.