One of my main goals in writing this year is to help build the children's confidence.  When students are first mastering sight words, new spelling patterns, and reading more difficult texts, writing can be a daunting task.

We are practicing each stage of the writing process, from getting ideas, drafting, revising, editing, and celebrating our writing.  At the beginning of the year, writing a pattern book was a huge accomplishment.  Now, in the middle of the year, the children have written a personal narrative.  They chose an incident from their lives when they had a strong feeling, and they wrote about what happened from the beginning, to the middle, and the end.  When they identified the heart of their story, they added paper right in the middle to stretch out the most important part.  Wow!    

We want to take a moment to thank you for your encouragement.  We would also like to share our "writers' mantra" that we use to begin our writing workshop each day.  Enjoy!
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