• Writing continues to be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences your child will have in first grade.  Below are some of what we use to teach writing and links to more information about them.
    Being a Writer was created by the Developmental Studies Center.  This program focuses on the elements that a good story has.
    Lucy Calkins is the writer of more than 10 books about teaching reading and writing  and professional development that have been published through Heinemann.  She focuses on adding details to writing and using a variety of writing traits, such as voice, word choice and sentence fluency, while developing a love of writing in youngsters.
    Fundations is the program that will be used to teach your child handwriting.  It uses a sky line, plane line, grass line, and worm line to help guide the children in using the proper strokes to form letters.
    Throughout first grade we will learn how to write in several different modes including narrative, informational, opinion, poetry, and realistic fiction.
    "Writing is an extreme privilege but it's also a gift.  It's a gift to yourself and it's a gift of giving a story to someone." ~Amy Tan