Don't Let The Kindergartners Go Without Mo Willems!
My students need 33 Mo Willems books including "Listen to My Trumpet", "Leonardo The Terrible Monster", "Watch Me Throw the Ball", and "Happy Pig Day" for an author study! Please help share his inspiration!
If you have not read Mo Willems' books, you should. Really! The sarcastic pigeon and his duckling sidekick... Best friends, Elephant and Piggie... These are the read-alouds that children and adults all love. And for my Kindergartners to grow as authors, we need to study our favorite authors!
I teach Kindergarten in a low-income neighborhood where half of my students are English language learners.
Most have not been to Preschool and have had no experience with school prior to beginning Kindergarten. Many of the parents did not have positive experiences with school themselves. They do not have books at home and thus do not have experiences with books.
As my Kindergartners work to become readers and writers themselves, it is important that students experience rich literature and are inspired by their favorite authors. Frequently, we read the same favorite books over and over again and they see, hear or understand something different each time.
My students need 34 Mo Willems books including Listen to My Trumpet, Leonardo The Terrible Monster,Watch Me Throw the Ball and Happy Pig Day for an author study! Please help share his inspiration! Mo Willems is an amazing author whose books naturally draw children in. Many of the stories themselves are quite simple, but the characters are brilliant and hilarious and the kids can't get enough! One of the very best things about his stories is the simplicity and the ways he uses dialog, punctuation and fonts to express his characters words, thoughts and feelings.
As my Kindergartners first learn to recognize concepts of print, they immediately learn to recognize "talking bubbles", punctuation and the way the author changes the size or font of the print to express the words and thoughts of the characters. These are simple ideas that they can then put into use in their own writing.
I want to inspire my children to see themselves as authors.
As Kindergartners, they will develop as readers, as writers and as illustrators. Their best inspiration comes from seeing what "real authors" do and being able to make a connection and see that they too can do the same. And Mo Willems is the perfect guy for the job!
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