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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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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.

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.

We sing and sign this energetic song to develop powerful memory hocks and invite children to make their own crowns. Our King of "ing" song is recorded on "Sing, Sign, Spell, and Read!" music CD with Nellie Edge and Gina Edge. Strategy is from "Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core" by Nellie Edge.

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. For more in depth information, see Chapter 9 of "Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core" by Nellie Edge.

Reading Activity: Secret Message Sight Words!

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

Organized Writing Totes Allow Teachers—and Volunteers—to Support and Challenge ALL Children. All of the materials needed for these authentic book and list making centers are contained in an organized tote that children can use independently or with the help of a volunteer. Differentiated learning is built into the process. From "Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core" by Nellie Edge.

In my classroom I dedicate my Morning Message on Fridays for editing. The students then independently edit a simple sentence for capitalization, p...