So much of first grade literacy is about writing, listening to and telling stories. I am always trying to make time and listen to the important stories that happen in the lives of my students. This year I have experimented with a daily storytelling by a student. This has helped my kids "prewrite" their stories they often create during workshop.
Today my little friend S started her story..."My dog's eyeball popped out."
Another Kindergarten friend of mine began our conversation with, "Hi Mrs.. DiCesare, I threw up this morning."
I am not trying to make fun here but rather embrace their storytelling abilities. They have a natural sense for attention-getting leads. Don't you want to know more ?