Creating Early Childhood Classrooms
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Developing young writers takes energy and creativity, wisdom and strategy, intention and reflection. All are provided here, in abundance. This book is a tool and a resource written by someone who knows the terrain deeply and treats it with reverence.
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Marcia, Francis, and Therese- thank you all for sharing your experiences and thoughts on writing. As with so many things in life, writing is more about the process than the end product. Thank you all for reinforcing this!
-Tiffany at Exchange
i completely agree with Francis! i grew up loving to write. I loved everything about writing: the feel of the pencil, the smell of the lead, the feel of the pencil on paper, the creative practice of making thought reality. And then i had a few teachers that completely killed my love for writing with their criticism. I was told i could not write - unless i wrote the way they wanted me to. I learned to love writing again as an adult, but i know i still carry the scars. If we want our children to enjoy writing, we need to encourage their efforts and appreciate their unique points of view. Being critical of their self-expression is, quite literally, self-defeating.
Too often both parents and teachers positively reinforce children's efforts and successes to read and ignore their efforts to write. Children need the same encouragement for their writing efforts as for reading.
I struggled academically in school (I could not read until high school). Yet for much of my adult life I have been a writer - and greatly enjoy the process. I have always argued that Americans don't like to write because it's taught in a way that makes it unpleasant and "work". Anything that helps young children creatively use writing to explore their own identities and interact with the greater world, is of great value.