by aStudents are continuing to work on our informational "How To" writing pieces. Your children are enjoying writing their pieces and are becoming experts at teaching their classmates how to do things through writing! The students are continuing to strengthen their writing and as they work on the following skills:
Our new writing unit focuses on non-fiction, "How to" Writing. Students are learning to:
Thank you for help supporting your children and for your efforts at home to help them become the best writers they can be.
Our next writing unit continues with narrative writing. Students will learn to:
At home, continue to discuss with your child things that they've done or things that have happened to them that they would be able to write about in class. Encourage your child to write at home in a journal, notebook, or diary. If your child loves to draw pictures, encourage them to label their picture by sound out the words they need. We've taught students to be "brave spellers" by listening to the sounds and writing them down one by one.
We have finished our Super Authors books! We cannot wait to see those finished products. We are moving back into Show & Tell writing. We are working on showing and telling about places we go to a lot or places we love. We are learning that if I want to show and tell with my voice I can do that same thing in a book. What I say out loud are the words I need to write on the paper and I need to be a "Brave Speller". Stretch out the words and write down the sounds I hear. As we write about our favorite places, we will add lots of detail, including people and what we do in these places.
Continue talking with your child at home about ideas they could write and putting those ideas over multiple pages. We will work on this for 3 more weeks.
We have recently partnered with an organization called Super Authors that allows each student to publish their very own book! Each child will be working with their teacher on publishing a book titled “My Favorite Things about Kindergarten”. We will then host an Author Celebration and Book Signing on Dec. 16th from 8:15-9am. You can purchase a paperback version for $15 or a hardcover for $20 and a portion of the proceeds will go back to New Prospect!
We wanted each child to see how they can be a published author with perseverance and hard work! These books will be a great keepsake for you and your family to remember this time in their lives, as well as gifts during the holiday season. If you would like to order your child’s book an order form will go home on Monday and you can place the order until Nov. 1st. At any time after Nov. 1st you can go back and order more copies of the book, but in order for it to be at the school for the Author celebration it must be ordered before Nov. 1st.
Below is are two links where you can see the end product! We are very excited about this opportunity for our students to shine as authors!
We have wrapped up our narrative writing unit and are beginning something new!
This next unit is called Show and Tell- it is informational writing. Students will need to bring in something they love from home that can fit in their cubbie and stay here by Tuesday 10/8! Students will work on their drawings as they work on teaching about this item and then labeling it. We will work on spelling more sight words in our writing and stretching out more sounds to be "BRAVE SPELLERS". Students will learn to show and tell more than just an object they love in their writing, but also people and places they love to teach about those things.
Continue to encourage drawing and writing at home in realistic ways and spelling words by listening to the sounds they hear as they say them!
We are focusing our writing on things we really know about! We will begin writing narratives in the coming weeks. Our focus is on the standard: K.W.3: use a combination of drawing, dictating, writing to narrate a single event and to tell about the events in the order in which they occurred and provide a reaction to what happened.
Students need to be able to draw a picture including people and a place to help tell the story they want to share.
Students need to be able to write the sounds they hear to attempt to write words that match their picture.
Students need to be able to spell any words that are on our word wall correctly (sight words). If it is not on our word wall it is not required to be spelled correctly- just that the letters were attempted based on the sounds the student hears.
How can you help your child at home? Talk with your child about the things you do together (go to the park, vacations, trips to the store) or even small events when your child was happy or sad. Note these moments to your child as something they could write about at school. Say, "You should write about this at school" "What would you draw to match this event?" "What happened this weekend that you could tell in a story at school?"
Happy Friday Panther Parents! We hope that your students enjoyed the first week of school as much as we did. In this area of our blog, you will get reminders and information about anything having to do with our writing activities, writing curriculum, and our Writer’s Workshop model! Please be on the lookout for a blue writing folder that will be sent home next week. This folder will go home with a letter with directions for decorating. This writing folder will be stored in the classroom and the place where students will keep their work throughout the workshop process.
We will begin our first unit of study in writing by launching the Narrative Unit of Study in Writer’s Workshop. This unit begins with establishing routines and procedures during workshop and how to become writers and authors in the classroom. We will teach students how to draft ideas on paper with pictures and words, practice establishing stamina to carry on independently as writers, and how to stretch out words by sounding them out and using letter/sound correspondence. Our narrative unit of study will focus on how to plan out writing books page by page, how to draft ideas for narrative writing, and allowing students to practice storytelling through their writing. We will teach students how to add details to their words and pictures as well as how to bring their writing to life. We are so excited to mold your children into authors to allow their creative selves to shine!