A course for teaching professionals who work with young children, Nurturing Writers in Preschool and Kindergarten shows you how to support preschoolers and kindergarteners as writers in ways that help them develop powerful understandings about texts and their characteristics, the writing process, and what it means to be a writer. Learn the importance of bookmaking with young children and how to organize time, space, and materials to support this work. Explore three familiar contexts for nurturing young writers—reading aloud, working side by side with writers, and sharing student writing. Examine numerous examples of early writing to become familiar with how young children represent sounds, ideas, and images and learn how to detect important developmental signs that you can use to help young writers grow further.
- Support teachers in fostering children's image of themselves as writers
- Understand the importance for young writers of having a vision of writing as "making a book"
- Learn how to support young children to read like writers
- Understand the three main structures that support young writers: Read Aloud, Side by Side Teaching, and Share Time
- Understand the difference between word making and composition development
- Examine specific composition dimensions that help guide teachers in side-by- side teaching with young writers