Monday, November 26, 2012

Two words from heaven....CYBER MONDAY!

Hello, My name is Ffion and I am an online shopaholic. 

It's true. Ask my biffle Morgan about it. When we taught together it was just a mess of buying things online. 

So, in celebration of this amazing day I am joining everyone else with putting my TPT store on 20% off. WOOHOO! I am currently scouring the site for graphing packs! I found some great ones already! 

If you need some winter writing activites check out this!

This is another little creative writing pack...

Enjoy all the online shopping friends!!

Thanks Amy Lemons for this cute graphic! I couldn't pass it up! :)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Draft Book Time

This is my first year where I am actually really enjoying teaching writing. 
Yep. Believe it. 
If you read my blog you know that I was always trying to figure out a way to get writing in my day and for me to actually think it was worth while. This new school we use Lucy Calkins and her writing workshop technique. I have had her books forever, but this year having them in our curriculum it is like it all comes to life. :)

This is how it all rolls out:

I start each lesson with a modeling mini-lesson. This is where I go over all the little details that we need in our writing. Right now we are talking about "small moments" those little bits that they can turn into stories. I show how to start with a capital letter, finger spaces, and punctuation. This is also a time where we work on phonics. You can see from my story the other day that I let them sound out the words for me.
 After the mini-lesson, they head to their desks to start working in their own draft book. I put classical music on and leave them to it for about 10 minutes so they can get the creative juices flowing. :)
 Once I see most of them have a good start I conference with one table. I do a different table everyday. I go to each kiddo and ask them what they are writing about and have them read their story to me. We chat for a bit and then I give them a star and a wish.
A star is something I thought they did great with, and a wish is something I would like them to do next time. I always ask them to tell me what their wish is before I give them one. 
 I just put this picture because it makes me smile. "I wish I can be the popstar."

So that is our draft book time. I am really loving it and I can see how much it is helping my kinders!

Can you believe it is almost Thanksgiving!? We have a feast on Friday that I will be gearing up for. I have these babies in my TPT shop right now if you want to check them out! I did them last year with my firsties and they were great writing activities.

Happy Sunday!!