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Learning to Write and Loving It! Preschool–Kindergarten

Learning to Write and Loving It! Preschool–Kindergarten

Foreword by Timothy Shanahan

© 2011 | 272 pages | Corwin

Nurturing young writers sets the stage for their success

Learning to Write and Loving It! equips teachers of young children with practical strategies, assessment tools, and motivating writing activities that are based on current research and proven practice and are easily applicable to all kinds of learning environments. Included are many authentic writing samples and photos to illustrate effective, developmentally appropriate instructional methods, mini-lessons, and activities. Sought-after author and speaker Miriam P. Trehearne demonstrates how to scaffold play and literacy learning and how to easily link assessment to instruction.

Key features:

  • Differentiate using effective instructional approaches for teaching writing and supporting inquiry and play
  • Assess and document student writing seamlessly throughout the day
  • Motivate and engage children in writing fiction (narrative), nonfiction, poetry, and song
  • Enjoy learning with a powerful collection of vignettes from real classrooms
  • Use teacher-friendly guidelines for effectively integrating technology and selecting software for young children

A companion CD offers modifiable reproducibles, observation checklists, assessments, and projects for parents to do with their young children. Learn how to successfully scaffold writing, and, in the process, foster cross-curricular skills in science, social studies, and math.

Research shows that writing provides a strong foundation for literacy development. Further, writing helps children express themselves, clarify their thinking, communicate ideas, and integrate new information into their knowledge base. This book helps teachers get children off to a strong academic start by learning to write and loving it!

Foreword by Timothy Shanahan
About the Author
1. Literacy Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten
2. Research on Writing in Preschool and Kindergarten
3. Assessing Writing in Preschool and Kindergarten
4. Effective Instructional Approaches
5. Writing Workshop
6. Writing in Fiction and Nonfiction Genres
7. Writing Songs and Poetry
8. Play Plans Before and After Centers
9. Writing Messages and Using Interactive Journals
Closing Thoughts
Find Out More About Writing in Preschool and Kindergarten

“This book is a first of its kind - full of ideas for developmentally appropriate writing activities teachers can immediately use in the classroom - a terrific resource.”

Susan B. Neuman, Professor
University of Michigan Educational Studies Department

"I was impressed with the abundance of real-life examples of classroom instruction. The inclusion of many lessons, lists of resources and references to technology, make this book very user friendly."

Iris Goldberg, Director of Early Childhood
Long Island University, Purchase, NY

“This book is extremely useful as an effective resource for any teacher of young children! It provides the necessary rationale, resources and tools to help young children write effectively, purposefully and enjoyably!”

Julie Frederick, Kindergarten Teacher
Broadview Thomson K-8, Seattle, WA

"This book carefully explains all the steps to creating a rich and varied writing experience for young children. The author has successfully consolidated years of research by well-known authors and presented it in a well-organized and useful manner."

Carol Aymar, Kindergarten Teacher
Francis Parker School, Chicago, IL

“This is a must-read for any kindergarten teacher who wants to foster writing in the classroom. It combines all the training (and more) that I have had in the last three years—all in one organized source. I can't wait to get my copy and share with my team!”

Dorothea Flanagan, Kindergarten Teacher
Oak Grove Elementary, San Antonio, TX

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