Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Writers Workshop a change of paper

It is time to celebrate some sweet, sweet kindergarten writing.  This one tugged at my heart today... so I had to share it with you!









This was done independently without any conferring from me.  When I read it, I just sort of froze and got that goose bump feeling that is priceless.   This young lady didn't just tell us that she loves her cousin, she showed it with her words.

Miss P you make me proud!

You will notice that I changed my writing paper.  My OCD kicked in and I was struggling with the messiness of just plain paper.   I hope Katie Wood Ray does not come after me!

If your OCD is kicking in and you want this writing paper... click here.

I want to send this post link to her mom.  I bet she would like to read your kind comments!  


28 comments:

  1. I adore this. My favorite page is "just love".

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    1. Me! TOO! That was the page that got me. I love it... Just love!

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  2. Love the story and illustrations...great writing kiddo! Deedee, I also loved your inspired paper change. Your passion for teaching comes through in everything you do, you're amazing! :)

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  3. You have made a huge impact toward my WW. I struggle with writing and really dislike teaching WW but after reading your posts, I LOVE teaching kids writing. Thank you for the writing paper. I was wondering if you can add on the paper name: and date: Thank you! If not, it's fine :) My kids lose their paper ALL THE TIME and it drives this teacher insane.

    missnguyensclass.blogspot.com

    sn.nguyen19@gmail.com

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    1. Hello there! I changed the paper for you. I just added an additional page.

      Losing pages: I still am having my students write books, but I just changed the paper. So they get a set of papers that are ready for them. The first page is set up for the cover page, and rest of the pages are stapled back to back. I hope that makes sense.

      My students do not keep their writing folders in their desk. They keep them in their writing folder in a pocket chart. A students desk can be a black hole (like my purse). Things go in there and then the never come out.

      You might need to break out some drama for lost papers. I don't get angry when students say they have lost a paper (I had one student taking them home...grrr!!!). When this student told me she did not have the previous day's writing, I just froze. I gasped and put my hand over my mouth like I had just witnessed the most tragic event. Then I started asking her rapid fire questions, "But how are you going to finish that piece if it is home? What are you going to have when it is your share day? How am I going to help you grow as a writer, if it is at home?..." I acted shocked and dismayed until my little ssweetie said, "It's okay Mrs. Wills, I can find them." And she did... AND she did not "lose" another paper.:-)

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    2. Thank you for the tips! You are AWESOME!

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  4. I love listening / reading your student's writing!! My kiddos are also doing amazing things w/ writing after following the lead of reading such an inspriing early childhood writer author!

    This little bug is doing amazing things!! I love ....Just Love ....also! Very precious! I hope this book gets saved at home!

    Thanks for sharing!! Great way to end the week!
    Sarah

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  5. I love everything you do. The openness of this child is reflective of a wonderful home environment and a an open school environment. Who could ask for more? Bravo to all of you!

    Kimberley
    First in Maine

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  6. That is a precious keepsake - and the "just love" page? Totally made my heart smile and I don't even know the little author! Thanks for the writing paper also - will definitely be using it!!

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  7. What a great story!! I think I might show this to my kindergarten students to show them what a great story looks like. Many of them struggle with that! I grew up playing with my cousins all the time, this story reminded me of all the great times we had together as kids. Thank you for sharing the writing paper too!

    Kari :)

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  8. The paper is wonderful. I also love the page - "just love." Funny how kids can sometimes say it better than adults. No other explanation necessary! Renee

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  9. I know first hand what a wonderful teacher Miss P has had. Thank you for inspiring such great writing in our young students.

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  10. OEMGEE...I"ll start using the paper tomorrow. My kids will LOVE checking it off! thank you thank you thank you

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  11. Wow! What an author! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  12. I love it when you share your kids' work. What a great mentor text for the other kids. I will be sharing this work with many kindergarten teachers. Thank you!

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  13. The writing is FABULOUS and I can't believe it's from a kindergartener! That's impressive! I LOVE the writing paper with the editing checklist at the bottom! Brilliant!

    Thank you!

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  14. Precious work. It is so tough for kinders to visually graps the left to right progression and maintaining that on blank paper, so I am like you and need to provide that direction for them. As long as you are allowing the creative juices to flow!! :) Katie Wood Ray is excellent, btw.

    ~Kimberlee~
    Two Fulbright Hugs
    Teacher TimeSavers

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  15. "Just love." --- No one could have said it better. Did you run to the color copier and make a duplicate for your files? This is why my heart will always be in kindergarten!

    Thanks for the writing template. :-)

    ReadWriteSing

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  16. That writing is so sweet! You must have been reading my mind. I was just thinking today that I need to change their paper. Thank you for doing the work for me!

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  17. This is so inspiring! Thanks for the writing paper! You are making me a better teacher! Thank you! :)
    Crayons and Curls

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  18. It's the time of year when writers are really blooming in kindergarten -- I love seeing what my kids are writing. Today one boy wrote "My dad is in jail. He will get out when I am 8." I think I like your kid's story better!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  19. Thanks for sharing the paper! Yes, I was wondering how I could re-create it, then I kept on reading. Your great! Also just changing the way to setup children's paper and gluing it on construction with typed print will motivate some of my children to write more stories.

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  20. Congrats Deedee!!! Just saw the little blurb about you in the TPT newsletter :) I am not surprised at all!

    In your post you mention OCD, I saw this funny quote on pinterest last night--"I have CDO, its like OCD but all the letters are in alphabetical order...As they should be!!" Thought it was funny

    Congrats again!!
    Caitlin
    Kindergarten Smiles

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    1. Caitlin... THANK YOU! I joined TpT so I could have a little shoe money. Who knew? I feel very blessed.

      I love, love,love the OCD quote! So funny and in a scary way... true!

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