We had hoped that our county would adopt Lucy Calkins new grade specific Writing Units. However, when they didn't we decided to buy them through school funds and they have arrived! It has been so exciting to be our Kindergarten Writers' Workshop with Calkins' first Launching book. We are so proud of our kindergartners as they are "fancying up" this first unit in writing - Teaching Books. The children have been writing books about things they know a lot about and let me tell you, they know a lot of stuff! We have worked up to 15 minutes of quiet independent writing each day. We know how to close our eyes and think about a topic, how to select the right paper for what we want to write, how to plan by touching each page and thinking about what we want to say, how to start with a picture and add details, how to add words by stretching them out and writing the sounds that we hear, how to use the word wall (on the ceiling!) how to add labels to our pictures, how to ask questions and get suggestions from a partner, how to staple our pages together, how to use a date stamp and how to put our first and last name on our books. We have become a busy community of writers! Thank you, Lucy Calkins!