"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." Those words from Helen Keller sum up my feelings about this week in the Kindergarten Writer's Workshop. I am so lucky to be working with a group of teachers who are true collaborators, who are bold enough to step away from written plans to meet the needs of the writers in their classrooms, and who understand their students so well and bring that knowledge to our work together.
We began the week with a lesson on adding labels to the illustrations in our stories to help capture our meaning. We want to keep moving the kindergarten writers toward using letters and words to tell their stories. And some students are ready for scribing. We read Richard Scarry's The Best Mistake Ever (and Other Stories) to set the writers up for labeling.
After that first session on Monday, the classroom teacher approached me and wanted to do a lesson that she uses each year with her students. She wanted to incorporate a lesson that she values into what we were trying to do this week. So, on Tuesday this teacher taught a fabulous lesson on telling a story through pictures, and then adding labels to help readers understand the drawings. She talked about each picture as she added details, and she talked about them again as she added letters and invented spelling to the drawings. This repeated storytelling is a way for our young writers to capture their own stories. Finally, she showed her students how they could use the labels to write sentences to go along with the pictures. Golden!!
Happy writing, everyone!! A quick sneak peak as to what is coming next....maybe an author study!!!