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Dramatically Accelerate Kindergarten Writing Proficiency and End the Year with Amazing Published Books! Small “Best Practice” Workshop with Nellie Edge

Dramatically Accelerate Kindergarten Writing Proficiency and End the Year with Amazing Published Books!

Small “Best Practice” Workshop with Nellie Edge


This essential kindergarten workshop includes 15 points of excellence.

1. We Have High Expectations and Give Students Crystal Clear Learning Targets.

heart words in kindergarten classroom

Children view learning targets: Wall posters of high-frequency “heart words.”

2. We Provide Multisensory Teaching, and Make Learning Visible and Meaningful.
The word “love” is our anchor word. The “heart word” sentence “I love you” is practiced for mastery.

3. We Use Fingerspelling to Help Children Develop Fluency with “Heart Words” and Consonant-Vowel-Consonant (CVC) Words.

We sing, sign, fingerspell, and write 33 pink and purple “heart words” and bonus words.

4. Our Rooms Have A-Z Word Walls with Movable “Heart Word” Cards That Children Use!

This essential kindergarten workshop includes 15 points of excellence.

Children use these words during writer’s workshop time. With limited space, a cookie sheet or an oil pan may become an additional movable Word Wall!

5. Involve “Parents as Partners” in Individualizing the Study of High-Frequency “Heart Words.”

5. Involve “Parents as Partners” in Individualizing the Study of High-Frequency “Heart Words.”

Each new set of “heart words” goes home on a ring in a special box for family practice as soon as the previous set is mastered.

heart words in kindergarten teacher resources

6. Ongoing Assessment Drives Instruction, and Learning Is Celebrated!

7. Our Students Use Music, Fingerspelling, Writing, and Sign Language to Create Memory Hooks. We Take Advantage of How the Brain Learns Best!

Fingerspelling in Kindergarten

Children simultaneously practice handwriting and high-frequency “heart words.”

8. “I love you” Is Our “Heart Word” Anchor Sentence: We Read, Write, and Practice for Fluency.

Fingerspelling in Kindergarten

Sight Word Lesson in KindergartenWe expect all children to master this sentence using accurate handwriting, spaces between words, and punctuation. Even special needs students can write “I love you” early in the year.

9. Independent Writing Totes Provide Systematic and Authentic “Heart Word” Practice.

Writing totes for kindergarten

Independent writing totes provide drawing and bookmaking experiences with a sequence of “heart word” sentences: “I love…,” “I see the…,” “I like my…,” “I can see…,” ”This is the…”

10. Learning Is Differentiated, and All Children Receive an Arts-Rich Talented and Gifted (TAG) Learning Model.

kindergarten writers make books

There is constant challenge for the more-proficient readers and writers, and there is scaffolding for the developmentally-younger and less-experienced writers.

11. We Teach the Common Core Opinion Writing Word “because” Through Rhythm, Rhyme and Writing Early in the Year.

Teach Common Core Opinion Writing

Children engage in high-quality oral language rehearsals emphasizing the word “because.”

12. Children Write Compound Sentences, e.g.: “I love my mom because she loves me.” “I Can Read” Anthology Pages Featuring “Heart Word” Songs and Chants Are Illustrated.

word work in kindergarten

Children take pride in doing quality work and in challenging themselves to fingerspell, write, and read each new word.

13. Harder-to-Accelerate Students Receive Additional Multisensory “Heart Word,” CVC Practice, Word Work, and ABC Brain Exercises for Fluency.

Word Work, ABC Brain Exercises

Response to Intervention (RTI) teams, volunteers, and parents provide additional targeted practice. Our end goal is fluency — speed and accuracy!

14. Children Are Engaged in Writing Workshop and Authentic, Motivating Writing-to-Read Experiences Throughout the Day and Across the Curriculum

Writing Workshop Model

kindergarteners drawKindergartners love to draw and write and make “really cool” books.

15. Writing Workshop Is Where Children Practice the Craft of Becoming a Writer.

Writing Workshop

writing workshop model - kindergarten class books

(Thank you Jaime Corliss for published books)

A Comprehensive Kindergarten Writing Workshop model includes all students as authors and illustrators, publishing their own fiction and information books. They do amazing work!

Document1 (Thank you Jaime Corliss for published books) A Comprehensive Kindergarten Writing Workshop model includes all students as authors and illustrators, publishing their own fiction and information books. They do amazing work!

Kindergartners, like twelfth graders, draft, edit, and publish their writing. Lucy Calkin

BONUS! Art, Creativity, Voice, and Playfulness Are Part of the Writing Process!

Choose Joyful Pathways to the Common Core: Allow Children's Creativity to Flourish While Meeting Rigorous ELA Writing Standards....

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