Author Archives: Melanie Henderson

Endless Opportunities for Writing

Although writing workshop is the time in our day devoted to the craft and process of writing, there are many opportunities throughout the day to write in different situations and for various purposes and audiences. Here are a few ways … Continue reading

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Persuasive Writing in Kindergarten

My kindergarten writers explored opinion writing this fall working to state an opinion and possibly provide a reason for the opinion.  This is quite a simple task and most students were easily able to grasp this in the fall.   … Continue reading

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Informational Writing in Kindergarten

After Thanksgiving, we began to work on informational writing.  My kindergarten class tackled the “How To” type of non-fiction writing.  We began with discussions around what “How To” books were and what type of information was included in them.  We studied … Continue reading

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Inspired Young Writers

It happens every year. Each class has a personality of their own and it dictates which books are favorites, which work station is the most popular and which author the class picks as a mentor. This year my group has … Continue reading

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Conferring With Young Writers

The writing conference is my favorite part of writing workshop.  It is a special time to meet with my writers individually, hear their thoughts, see their growth and set writing goals together.   I remember feeling intimidated by the conference … Continue reading

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Celebrations….Week of Oct 28-Nov 1

This week in kindergarten we celebrated Halloween with scarecrow book characters, wearing our costumes and more!  We also had our annual Boosterthon fun run to raise money for our school and have lots of fun.  With all of this excitement … Continue reading

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Celebrating Writers

Ruth Ayers has a new book coming out this month titled Celebrating Writers. It’s all about celebrating young writers in every stage of writing wherever they are in the process. In the spirit of celebration, she has started a link-up … Continue reading

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Building Relationships

Mary Ellen Giacobbe once said, “Focus on the writer and the writing will come.” This truth guides all of my writing conferences with students. In kindergarten I work hard to help children view themselves as writers. As they begin to … Continue reading

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Helping Young Writers

Helena Elementary School is a place where children are heard.  It’s a place where young writers are honored for all they can do and for all that is possible.  Children have so much to share and so much to say.  … Continue reading

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