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e Nellie Edge Writing-to Read “Heart Words

What Are Nellie Edge Writing-to-Read “Heart Words?”: How Does Kindergarten Writing Support Phonics Instruction?

February 26, 2024

Updated February 2024 Three things young writers know for sure: If I practice writing “heart word” sentences with good handwriting every day, my writing is going to get really good! The more I practice phonics-based spelling, the better I get! If I keep listening for sounds and stretching through words, soon I will be able […]

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Discover Easy, Authentic Ways to Build Opinion Writing in Kindergarten: Teach the Word “Because”

February 5, 2024

Kindergarten friends, we want to learn the word “because” so we can write big compound sentences that answer the question “Why?”: I love my dog because he plays with me.

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Write-a-Message Center empowers children to use writing for real world purposes.

Students Love Write-a-Message Centers: For Valentine’s Day and all year long!

January 29, 2024

Settling-In Time Sets the Emotional Tone for the Day: Developing Friendship, Responsibility, Self-Motivation, and Collaboration Skills

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How to Create a Culture of Book Lovers

January 15, 2024

The science of reading and decades of best practices research support a comprehensive approach to reading. Here are 10 proven strategies that build a culture of book lovers!

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Give Your Students Poetry Notebooks

January 9, 2024

The Science of Reading Supports a Comprehensive Approach to Early Literacy. The science of reading supports more than systematic phonics mastery, it includes building vocabulary, comprehension, and oral language fluency. This is especially critical for emergent bilingual students who need more practice using language with Total Emotional Body Response to Language (TEBRL) strategies.

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Writing-to-Read Heart Word Sentences: Free Literacy eBook!

December 19, 2023

Integrate ABC Phonics, handwriting, and heart word sentences to build circles of writing mastery for writing, including a free eBook download!

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Purposeful Literacy Play: Free eBook!

December 14, 2023

Develop Self-Regulation, Language, and Social-Emotional Skills Through Purposeful Literacy Play, including a free eBook download!

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Growing Young Writers: I Am an Author Now!

October 31, 2023

Students Enjoy Writing When We Give Them Scaffolding to Build on Success! A simple “heart word” sentence model supports kindergartners in writing their own little book; Authentic word work grows kindergarten writers.

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K-1 News Stories: Growing Young Writers

October 16, 2023

News stories give students choice of writing topics. They find their voice and create stories about what is most important in their lives. There are few things more satisfying for a young writer than creating something that reflects their feelings and experiences.

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Growing Young Writers with Circles of Mastery

October 4, 2023

It’s early October and kindergarten children are learning the joys of writing for real world purposes. Writing and reading fluency with a growing collection of high-frequency “heart word” sentences is our next important learning target.

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