This is from last spring. I was reflecting on how well my kids could write (free writes rules are on the posters page of this site) after very little practice that year. In fact, we didn’t focus on writing at all. I thought I would post that blog entry from last May again here as the year begins so that we can be aware that working directly on writing (the only thing I do is a ten minute free write per week, usually on a Friday) is basically a waste of time:
Since we did listening and reading 95% of the time in all my level one classes this year, one would expect that few of the kids would show any writing skills at all. After all, we only did four free writes totalling forty minutes of actual real writing all year, plus maybe twenty minutes total of dictation. That’s it.