Flip Charts - An important Emergent Writing Tool

A long time ago, I learned about flip charts for emergent writers, thanks to Karen Erickson and David Koppenhaver. Writing flip charts were first developed by Gretchen Hanser and staff at the Centre for Literacy and Disability Studies Flip charts as a writing tool appealed to me for a lot of reasons.  Firstly, because I

Hello Book - in Dutch and Spanish

A few weeks ago I shared a week of emergent literacy planning on the topic of greetings, using a book I wrote called “Hello”. As I've mentioned before, I had a request from the fabulous Violeta for a PowerPoint version that she could translate into Dutch. Not only has she translated it but she has

Emergent Writing: Moving onto Form

It's been a big time lapse (sorry!) - but this is the second of a series of blog posts about writing – and about assisting all students to become stronger writers. So moving on from the very beginnings of writing, let's move to talk about the next stage. Early Emergent Writing: Moving onto Form In

Emergent Writing: Focus on Function

This is the first of a series of blog posts about writing - and about assisting all students to become stronger writers. Let's start by talking about the very beginnings of writing. Early Emergent Writing: Focus on Function Mathilda is 17 months old.  She loves drawing - and her parents are pretty happy when she