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    What is Writer’s Workshop?

    In Kindergarten, your child is participating in “Writing Workshop”.  During Writing Workshop, your child is becoming an Author and Illustrator of many different types of writing. These include narrative, non-fiction, informational, and opinion writing.  My goal is to teach your child to LOVE to write. Our lessons are taken primarily form Lucy Calkin’s Kindergarten Units of Study and the teacher’s College at Columbia University.

     
    Learning to write is a difficult process and I will do my best to make it fun.  We will be having small “celebrations” throughout the year to help keep us motivated!  Thank you for your help and support and I look forward to this special time in our day together!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
     
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    What is the structure?

    The first minutes of Writer’s Workshop is a designated minilesson, or direct teacher instruction focusing on a specific skill that good writers use to write amazing stories.

     
    After each mini-lesson students will have independent writing time where they will choose their own topic for their writing and have an opportunity to practice skills and strategies taught in the minilesson. By giving the students choices in their topics, the writing becomes authentic, engaging, and meaningful. During this independent writing time the teacher will meet with individuals or small groups to conference and encourage their growth as authors.
     
    Occasionally during independent writing time we will pause for a "mid-workshop share." This will be a time for the teacher to refocus the group, or to highlight the extraordinary efforts of an individual writer in the class. At the end of the workshop, time will be spent giving the students an opportunity to share their writing with the class or a writing partner.

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    Will my child’s work come home?

    All of your child's writing will remain at school in a portfolio. The portfolio will be sent home at the end of the school year for you to enjoy and treasure. 

     

    Should I correct my child when they write?

    When you see your child's writing, please allow your child to share them with you.  They will be very excited to share and show you the things we are learning.  Please do not have your child fix all of the misspelled words or errors.  We encourage the children to stretch out the word and write the sounds that they hear.  Select one or two things to praise them about.  I don’t want your child to feel discouraged because they have to fix all of their errors.

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    Ways to Praise your child’s writing:

    *Great topic

    *Good spaces   

    *Nice handwriting

    *Proper capitalization/punctuation  

    *Trying to write difficult words

    *Great job stretching out your words 

    *Staying on topic

    *Nice use of labels

    *Awesome picture