We discussed some of the books in our library and how each and every one of the kiddos would be an author because they are writers. The kids absolutely love this and everyday I like to ask again to make sure they are my writers….they proudly point their thumbs to their chests and shout, “We are writers!”
Something as simple as letting your kids know their importance during writing time will open their eyes to what you have to say about writing!
On those first days we focused on labeling our stories so our readers knew everything there was to know about our stories. We then went on to writing a sentence. Now here’s where you might disagree a little, but like I said it’s okay to disagree…we know what is best for our kiddos! 🙂 I think it is such a pivotal moment in a child’s writing career when you transition them from simple labeling a story to writing sentence. For about a week and a half I wrote a guided sentence on the board…I like ___. I can ____. I see ____. It was within this short period of time that writing a sentence really clicked for the kids!
Also, here is the story booklet we used for this lesson! You can grab yours for free below!
So, you want to know…….what do I think of the Lucy Calkins writing units of studies? I say they have my vote! Although, some will say that they are not specific enough for day to day lesson planning…I respectively disagree with that! I type up “bullet points” and word for word phrases to a simple document I can then read from for my lesson. If I do the lesson for more then one day I reiterate the important details and in K you know if will be a-okay if you say something more than once! Below is a snap shot for one of my typed out lessons! I have a running document for unit one and I add in the mini lesson’s the week before. I try not to go too far out because I want it fresh in mind! Do I need to type up each lesson? No. However, it helps me to process the information thoroughly!