Come into our class almost any day after 1:00 and you have entered a work zone. A writers work zone, that is.
We begin our year drawing, focussing on our illustration techniques.
We then learn about proper letter formation and letter sounds. Soon, we begin to write down letters for the sounds we hear. As the year progresses our pictures and our letters begin to evolve into “kindergarten writing” (writing down all of the sounds you hear in a word). During our shared reading time, we learn about fiction and non-fiction, and soon, our writing reflects that.
One day, a friend wrote: “I am getin’ a nu hus” (I am getting a new house). I said, “Really?” and the friend said, “That’s a fiction story, Mrs. Marshall!”
After March Break we begin “Author’s Chair”. Each day we choose two friends to share there writing. This is probably one of the most powerful times of the day. Mrs. Marshall can talk all she wants, but when we see how our friends write, we truly understand what the lessons are about.
When it comes to literacy instruction, no lesson is as powerful as writing. Through writing we begin to understand words and what they mean. It is through writing we truly begin to understand the letter/sound relationship. It is through writing we are able to express ourselves in a way we never could in any other part of our day.
“Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.”
― Shel Silverstein