Our Work on Writing stamina is now up to 7 minutes, and we are now choosing our own spots around the room. Currently, if children want to use crayons or colored pencils, they need to stay at a table spot where the materials are located. I'm rethinking how I can better accomodate this part of Work on Writing! Otherwise, they grab a clipboard, pencil, and their journal... and can work anywhere around the room. Building stamina for writing has been a little trickier as it tends to be a much harder process for emerging writers! Thanks to a Twitter friend, Krista, for giving me the idea to create an anchor chart on what to do during Work on Writing time! Much like the 3 ways to read a book chart, we now have our Ways to Write chart to refer to. I'm sure we'll go back and revisit this often to add more ideas throughout the year!
|Anchor chart: What to do |
for Work on Writing
Listen to Reading will be next on the list for us! I just found headphones for $3.99 at our local Farm & Fleet store yesterday, so I'll now be able to use my computer for another spot to Listen to Reading. Our school has a subscription to Tumblebooks, and I've already started "pre-teaching" how that site works. We've used the laptop/LCD cart to listen to stories together. I've also been able to model how to open a story, close it again, and choosing new ones off of our "Favorites" page.
I've also continued to "pre-teach" activities we'll use during Word Work time (since these tend to be noisy!) Children are now choosing between playdough and whiteboards for practicing their weekly spelling focus words. Slowly, I'll begin training them how to use magnetic letters, linking letters, and plain paper for building their words. By doing so, it makes for a much easier transition as we build our stamina for Word Work time!
Until next time...