Hello Kinder Friends,
In order to become a better writer we simply just have to write. As Ralph Fletcher says, "You don't learn to write by going through a series of preset writing exercises. You learn to write by grappling with a real subject that truly matters to you." So in Kindergarten, working on writing looks like:
Writing about a favorite book-persuasive writing.
Writing a letter to a pen pal or family member-self expression.
Reports on a favorite event or topic-non fiction writing.
Making lists-life skills and real world applications.
Book Making-discovering the roles of the author and illustrator and learning to view yourself as an author.
In the Daily 5 framework, Work on Writing is simply sustained writing of choice. I know what you are thinking. Just like me you are probably thinking of the materials, the storage and the space for Work on Writing. Why not start off small? Wouldn't it be better to start off small than to wait another year to inspire some great writing? As I was participating in the Playful Learning book study, I learned something called...the invitation. I will share more about that in the coming weeks but for now the invitation is what invites a person to explore. I really connected with the invitation because it is something I have been doing for myself for as long as I can remember. Let me share with you My Writing Invitation.
This is My Writing Invitation and the reason is that it inspires me to write. I might only write a note to remember to write something or an important date or a to do list but it inspires me to write because it has my tools and it has my favorite Mary Engelbreit journal in it. And for me, if it gets written down it turns into reality...most of the time. So, what will your Work on Writing Invitation be? A Pen Pal Invitation to Work on Writing with a container full of stationary, envelopes, neat pens, pictures and names? Or will it be something else? You see, Work on Writing never seemed so simple or so much fun! You will have to let me know what creative ideas you come up with for your Invitation to Work on Writing. Be sure and let me know!
Hop on over to my friend at Kreative in Kinder and see what other teachers are saying!