We are linking up with Growing Firsties, who is hosting a Writing Workshop Linky. The theme this week....share Writers' Notebook ideas. Coincidentally, last Saturday we shared a Writing Notebook idea that we use as a strategy for our students that need extra writing support and a Writing Notebook idea we use that is a strong home-school connection.
We use a pen-pal Writer's Notebook for students that need extra writing practice. We write the student a letter each day that asks them a question, as well as, gives positive praise. At home, they write us a couple of sentences back (with the idea that they are practicing sentence structure, spelling, conventions, etc…). We make sure the kiddo and their parents know that the pen pal journal is meant to be quick and relatively painless! We are so proud of our students that have been diligent about writing us, practicing their writing skills each time!
Below is an example to show you just how easy this strategy is…
On that same note, a home-school connection Writer's Notebook that works great for students of all writing abilities is our Family Message Journals. Each week the students write to their family based on a prompt. Their family writes them back over the weekend. The kiddos love reading their messages!