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    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!

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    • Nellie Edge

      For Valentine's Day children decorate special messages. They practice "heart word" sentences with their best kindergarten handwriting. Children love being expert readers and writers of emotionally powerful language. . . an engaging and authentic literacy experience from "Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core", by Nellie Edge. http://www.nellieedge.com/shop/literacy-manuals.htm

    • Nellie Edge

      A Nellie Edge Kindergarten Writing Seminar strategy: We learn to write the heart words "I love you" with good handwriting and spaces between words. Then we create secret messages to take home and hide around the house

    • Lori Alford

      Children learn to write by writing words that have personal meaning. This powerful sentence allows children to practice basic handwriting motions with secret messages that are taken home and hidden for families to find. From Writing-to-Read Accelerates Literacy, Chapter 4.

    • Nellie Edge

      We learn to write the power 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.

    • Claudia Cordova

      A Nellie Edge Kindergarten Writing Seminar strategy: We learn to write the heart words "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! Follow link to see photo essay: All Children Love to Write: I love you!

    • Amy Schwenke

      Children learn to write by writing words that have personal meaning. This powerful sentence allows children to practice basic handwriting motions and begin writing messages to family and friends. From Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core, Chapter 4. www.nellieedge.co...

    • Nellie Edge

      Kindergartners LOVE secret messages! They learn to write by writing real sentences that have personal meaning. The powerful sentence "I love you!" allows children to practice basic handwriting motions with secret messages that are taken home and hidden for families to find. From Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core:Joyful Pathways to Accelerated Literacy! by Nellie Edge. Updated 2014. http://nellieedge.com/blog/

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    PARENTS ARE PARTNERS in teaching "heart words" After we have taught the children several of the pink "heart words," they get to take home a set of 16 words in a little "heart word" box. Once they have mastered pink "heart words," they will add purple and later yellow and green "heart words" to their gift box. We give children a crystal-clear and achievable target to work towards. From"Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core by Nellie Edge" (book and CD), Chapter 4.

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