Joyful Pathways to the Common Core

How Do We Reach Rigorous Common Core Standards
in a CHILD’S GARDEN—Kindergarten?

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We create beautiful, organized, language-intensive environments that are emotionally safe and noncompetitive.  We have high expectations.  We weave the educational arts into all areas of curriculum.  Our children develop friendships.  They learn to make choices and are involved in meaningful projects.  As educators we are reflective, continuously learning how to provide the scaffolding needed for every child to build on success, every day.  We teach systematically, intentionally and intuitively.  We take advantage of how the brain learns best – and we save time for serendipity.

Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core:

Joyful and Proven Pathways to Narrative, Opinion, and Information Writing

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As educators we can choose to spoon-feed our children or we can develop self-regulated learners who are motivated to do quality work. We can choose to create a joyful learning community where kindness, responsibility, and caring are intrinsic parts of the learning process. Years later, children will carry the memories of splendid teachers who believed in them and taught them to work hard to reach their goals, teachers who instilled a passion for learning through wise, playful, and loving relationships.

Read Why We Are Optimistic about Kindergarten English Language Arts Common Core State Standards

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Pathways to Common Core Standards

Pathways to Common Core Standards

The book will especially help you implement the CCSS in ways that strengthen student-centered, deeply interactive approaches to literacy, approaches that invite students to live richly literate lives, using reading and writing to pursue goals of personal and social significance. (2)
Now, in these new standards, the emphasis on writing standards is parallel to and equal to the emphasis on reading, and furthermore, one can’t help but think that reading will be assessed through writing, making writing even more critical. (10)
…Common Core is, above all, a call for accelerating students’ literacy development…The most important reforms that a school system can make will be those that involve creating systems that support continuous improvement of instruction and increased personal and shared accountability for raising levels of student achievement. (14) Read entire article.

Kindergarten Choice: Favorite Writing Resource Books!

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Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core:

Joyful Pathways to Narrative, Opinion, and Information Writing

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My Favorite New Word

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Fluency with "Heart Words"

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Download: Allow Your Writing Framework to Nurture Creativity

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Download: I Like Spring: Opinion Writing

Celebrate your authors, kindergarten writing

Download Kindergarten Writing Drafts Become Published Book

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Download: Kindergartners Become Authors and Illustrators

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Download: Publishing is a Powerful and Motivating Process

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Download: Elephant and Piggie Books Inspire Young Authors

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Download: We Want Children to Set Goals and Evaluate Their Writing

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Download: Our Favorite Read and Sing Book™ is Goodnight Irene

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Download: Keep "Heart Word" Posters Visible as Learning Targets

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Download: Build Fluency and Stamina with High-Frequency Opinion Writing Sentence Patterns

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Download: Information Writing Occurs Throughout the Year

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Download: Students Voice Their Opinions and Engage in Opinion Writing Throughout the Year

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Download: Our Most Important Informational Message

Celebrate your authors, kindergarten writing

Download High Expectations for Kindergarten Writing

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Download End-of-Year Writing Samples from Diane Bonica

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