It. is. freezing…. y’all it’s 28 degrees in New Orleans. I know most of you are use to this and colder, but us new orleanieans are NOT! Yesterday we went out to eat for lunch and I swear I couldn’t feel my toes. I don’t think I’ve had adequate training for dressing under 40 degrees. My face felt like its own popsicle as I was dashing across the parking lot to get inside.
This is us two days before the freeze.. in shorts…. in New Orleans it’s 85 one day and the next 35. Can’t explain it!
Anyway, the best part of my day yesterday, was last night. I LOVE story time with my Tyler. (kindergartner extraordinaire) He chooses two books each night, one for is daddy to read and one for mommy. Last night, he was SO excited about his book selection for me! He mysteriously hid it under the covers as he peered out with a mischievous smile. As I entered the room, he said, “Mommy you’re really going to like this one.” He pulled out a Richard Scary favorite from my childhood. He knows this was my ultimate favorite book.
I can remember spending hours look at all the pictures and reading the matching labels. As I read to my Tyler last night….
It hit me…. Richard Scary is a writing genius! How awesome are his books for writer’s workshop? Oh my goodness the wealth to knowledge it would provide our little writers as it scaffolds their spelling. He categorizes everything on a page to a season, store, idea, or place. Then each carefully drawn picture is labeled. Our little writers can man themselves with Richard Scary books to help them spell during writer’s workshop. Richard Scary….. gets it. It gets that our writers need books were they can just become familiar with words. Words that are grouped to a kids understanding. Thank you Richard Scary for adding to our writer’s workshop!
Look at the beautifully labeled pictures that students can access to help them in their writing.
You know…. I didn’t always love teaching writer’s workshop. It’s not that I didn’t like writing, it’s more of I wasn’t comfortable teaching the content. I guess to be frank…. I didn’t really know what to do. (note… I dislike being uncomfortable) So, I ordered tons of professional development books, read for months, applied my learning in the classroom, and became the writing teacher I was striving to be for my students.
Do you have an uncomfortable teaching area? I think we all are striving to be masters in our content, however sometimes it’s scary to take that first step.
I think from all the research I’ve done and the lessons I’ve taught, mentor authors have the most to offer our little learners. You see… they can connect with an author as they get to know their style, characters, and ideas. In my classroom, we meet a new mentor author each month, and really analyze their work. We read all their books, become familiar with their style, meet their characters, and most of all take their ideas about writing and use them in our own writing.
This month in January, we’re studying Laura Numeroff. We’ve already begun reading her works and we’re making notes on our Laura Numeroff anchor chart about what we’re noticing. Students then take her ideas of what she does in her books, and they apply it to their own writing.
This is some of the fun we’ve had already with Laura. She is such a fun spirited author with a wide imagination for excitement.
I love the idea of growing our writing by carefully analyzing the work of a real author. Just think…. if we study one author a month, that’s 10 authors each school year that have helped us add to our writing.