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  • Carolyn Garton

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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.

FREE practice page from Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting, Phonics, and Word Work program 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.

Reading Activity: Secret Message Sight Words!

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"Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting, Phonics, and Word Work" by Nellie Edge is an integrated multisensory approach to teaching handwriting that encourages art and authentic writing practice.

Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting begins with the letter "I" and songs and movement chants. Katie Nelson includes "heart word" and handwriting chants in the children's "I Can Read" notebook. Download the "I" Chant. Under the Free Poetry tab/September, find over 200 free songs, poems, chants, and rhymes for "I Can Read" notebooks.

Beginning Writing Workshop-I would use this with the title of 'Illustrating' for older students who aren't as confident with their drawings.

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