Guest Post: teaching with love and laughter

Hello, everyone! My name is Lori and I am the author of
 I teach K-2 and love every minute of it!

This is me...

Today, my good friend Hadar and I decided it would be fun to switch blogs for the day.
We have become best blogging buddies over the months and I am so excited to be here.

I love to teach writing, so, I thought I'd share how I run my writer's workshop. My kinders write every single day during our writer's workshop. First, I do a quick mini lesson, where I model write and point out one or two writing strategies for them to try out. Then, they turn and talk to their neighbor about what they plan to write. During this time, if they cannot come up with a topic, they visit our Topics to Write About display. Since it's a pretty popular hangout, I limit it to 4 students at a time. This is what my display looks like...
There are 72 different topics, so, there is definitely something for everyone. Once turn and talk is over, I use my ask me cup, to see who was actively listening. I choose one name at a time from the cup and ask those children what their turn and talk partner is going to write about. This is how I make sure they really pay attention to their partner.

At this point, we begin the Quiet 10. I turn on some soft, instrumental music, dim the lights, and let them write in complete silence. Just them and their thoughts. This quiet time allows them to get a good start on their writing. They know it's time to think, write, and illustrate. Once the Quiet 10 is over, the lights come back on, the music goes off, and they spend the next 10-15 minutes writing, conferencing with me or with a friend or two. Then, I choose 2 or 3 students to share what they wrote. We do Star, Star, Wish after each child shares. Click on the image below to see how I do that and to get a copy for yourself.

Here are some writing examples from the other day.

During writer's workshop, my students ALWAYS choose their own topic to write about. I never tell them what to write. As you can see from the above writing examples, my students are getting very good at adding punctuation. It hasn't always been that way, though! Last month, I started using these Sentence Puzzles and they have really helped my little writers write proper sentences. 
They are just about past the stage of writing one long sentence or putting periods at the end of each line.

You can learn more about my Sentence Puzzles by clicking here. Click here to get a free sentence puzzle!

And, there you have it! Now you know how I run my kindergarten writer's workshop.
I hope you enjoyed my post today. If you are not already a follower of my K-2 blog, you are invited to come and check it out. If you like what you see, I hope you decide to follow me! I love to share my thoughts, ideas, and activities with anyone who will listen! See you soon!





  1. Hi Lori,
    How fun that you and Hadar switched for the day. I love your writing time in K and as a first grade teacher I bet they come up very prepared and such great writers. Awesome ideas!
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  2. Thanks so much, Vicky! Since I teach writing to first and second graders, too, I always know they'll be prepared!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  3. I love this! We will be revamping our writing program in the next month and this will be the PERFECT addition. I love that you have a partner talk first and I LOVE your topics to write about pocket chart.
    I am having a classroom photos linky party this week, I hope you can join me!
    Kindergarten Schmindergarten

  4. Your writing ideas are awesome! Just grabbed the freebie Lori! Thanks for sharing. =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

  5. So great to see you on here, Lori! Two amazing bloggers!!!

    Learning With Mrs. Leeby