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!

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.

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

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.

From NELLIE EDGE SEMINARS: Opinion writing, Common Core, teaching high-frequency words

Pink and purple "heart word" wall charts help children know exactly what their next sight word target is. Special needs children receive extra learning support in Winter Curry's kindergarten. From "Writing-to-Read Accelerates Literacy," Chapter 4.

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Download FREE Elephant and Piggie drawing pages from "Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core" by Nellie Edge.

Download free printables at preview. Spring writing- I like spring because....... Spring Math and Literacy No Prep - Kindergarten

Enjoy this audio. After children sing, sign, and spell "house," they label their drawings. "This Is My House" is the children's favorite song from the CD Sing, Sign, Spell, and Read! by Nellie Edge and Gina Edge. Photo from Winter Curry's kindergarten in September.

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. http://nellieedge.com/blog/from-folded-books-to-kindergarten-publishing/ For more in depth information, see Chapter 9 of "Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core" 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.

Winter Common Core Positional Words for Kindergarten

Sentence writing practice

@balancedlitdiet --> creative ways to support authentic reading and writing experiences for your kindergarteners!

kindergarten fall literacy and math activities. worksheets and centers. writing prompt.

FREE - Common Core Writing "PEEL" Anchor Chart

Beginning Writing - Labeling cut and paste worksheets. Includes I Can poster so children can work independently for literacy centers.

Sentence writing

"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.