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Mrs. Gruchacz, Principal
372 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4230
Fax: 609.806.4231

What is Writing Workshop?

Writing Workshop was created at Columbia University and follows a similar schedule to Reading Workshop. The children come together for writing strategy lessons and then bring those strategies to their own writing. Each child has a writing folder and works on books for about a month's time. Then, the children choose one piece to revise, edit and fancy. Finally, we have a writers' celebration to reward their hard work. The books are put up in the hallway for all to see. Each 4-6 weeks we start a new unit of study. The primary focus in Kindergarten is learning that words have meaning and can tell a story. Children learn throughout the school year how to tell a story using pictures, labeling, and eventually sentences. Kindergarten students learn to write both personal narratives and non-fiction texts.

What if my child can't write?

"Writing" for Kindergarten is a broad term. Developing in stages, Kindergarten students begin by writing a story on a piece of paper through pictures. Gradually, the children will learn to add details, label pictures, and write sentences. The sentences may or may not have conventional letters and punctuation. Regardless, celebrating their ability to transfer ideas to paper is commendable! We celebrate ideas coming to life on paper. Approximation of new content will come as the year progresses.

Should my child be spelling words incorrectly?

This depends on what kind of writing they are doing. During writing workshop, I encourage children to stretch out the sounds of unknown words. Always give positive feedback for inventive spelling. The students are using the knowledge they have about sounds to form words. This is hard work! When finalizing a piece of writing, I will usually look back at their writing with them and edit words that are not stretched out, or have them fix sight-words they know. Be supportive of their writing process and help them to write creative stories.