Here are a few things I know about teachers.
1. They want the absolute BEST for their students.
2. They want to employ "Best Practices" in their classrooms.
3. They. Are. Overwhelmed!
4. Occasionally, they want to go home before 5 pm after school AND they would like to spend their weekends with their families instead of planning.
Does that sound like you?
We have heard from teachers all over the world who feel JUST like you. Over the years, Deedee Wills and I have developed and refined curriculum that has been tested in our classrooms. We have seen the power of focused instruction that allows students to develop at their own pace, while providing opportunities for MAGIC!
Many years ago, Deedee and I wrote a curriculum for writers workshop. We studied what the experts had to say (Katie Wood Ray and Matt Glover) and combined with our own years of experience. Essentially, we taught a day, then went home and wrote out the lessons. Then we repeated that process for 180 days. We know writers workshop can feel overwhelming. We know that some teachers spend HOURS planning and second guessing their instruction. So we wrote concise, page-long, scripted lessons that support YOU as the teacher AND the students you teach.
We could not have been more thrilled by the results.
Like I said, everything is planned. This is the month at a glance page. But each lesson is filled with easy to use instruction!
Then each day is constructed for you ... Just PRINT and TEACH!
A year later, we were frustrated with our district's math program. It was undercooked and worksheet ridden. Yuck! Students don't learn math with a worksheet!
So we repeated the process. We looked to the experts (John Van de Walle and Kathy Richardson). Then we tapped into our own experiences in the classroom. We taught a day, then went home and wrote out the lessons!
Our math lessons are FILLED with hands-on learning that is done cooperatively with a partner. Learning is social and FUN!
And yes, we did include practice pages!
Both Deedee and I love teaching reading in a small group. We know this is one of the most research-based way to differentiate our instruction! How did we begin? You got it, we consulted the experts (Jan Richardson and Fountas & Pinnell). Then based on our own classroom experiences, we sat down and created lessons.
We also wrote texts so you don't have to sell a kidney to get a leveled reading room. These books are leveled according to guided reading levels. So students can progress at their own individual pace.
We included word work...
AND guided writing activities.
You can read a detailed blog post on these units over on Deedee's Blog. She even has a FREE webinar that walks you through the various steps of Guided Reading and sets you up for success! You can see that post by clicking HERE.
Boy, howdy... did we need something! The experts in close reading (Fisher and Frey) lead the way! We knew that we as teachers could NOT have a deep conversation about books, when the books themselves did not lend themselves to higher order thinking. So we selected some GREAT books!
We planned each book with questions that would spark meaningful conversations.
We included text detail and retelling cards for almost every book.
Each week, students use these cards to sequence events in the stories we read.
And naturally, we wanted students to be able to respond to the text. Here are some examples of making text connections.
We created rubrics and anchor charts for each reading strategy.
Some books, like Koala Lou, also include an informational text. This student wrote an informational text about koalas. Swoon!
What are teachers saying about these units?
"As an Academic Coach at our Title I school I just want to thank you for creating an excellent writing resource for my K-1 teachers. They are so looking forward to using this resource in our classroom's this year."
"This Writer's Workshop bundle has been a game changer for me. It is so easy to follow and implement. It's perfect for both "veteran" and new writing teachers. The best thing about starting my year with the bundle is that I have created a kinder class full of kinder kids who LOVE to write!"
"I just wanted to take a minute to let you know something awesome! I work at a small charter school in Columbia, SC. I teach a k/1 multiage class. We are a TAP school--you may not be familiar but basically each year we are given a value added score. It's based on a scale of 1-5. 1 being when students regress, 3 is when they show a years growth and a 5 is showing significant growth. These are based on MAP scores. For the last two years I've been a solid 3 which I was thrilled with! I've been using your Writing Workshop for years and last year I added your Guiding Readers and adjusted your Guiding Firsties math so it could meet the needs of my Kinders as well. I just heard that my last year's value added was a 5!! Thanks so much for developing an awesome curriculum in all areas! I saw my kids grow SO much last year!"
Guided Reading Leveled Texts
"Worth every penny. You will never know how appreciative I am to FINALLY have the help I need with guided reading. This is what I have been needing for eight years!!!"
"I wish I could give a rating higher than A. This product is absolutely amazing. It has transformed how I do guided reading. I highly recommend it for any teacher new to guided reading and those who have done it for years. Guided reading planning and preparation is a breeze and my students are loving the stories and activities. I am so happy with this purchase. Thank you!"
"These lessons perfectly address every need I have to teach guided reading to my first graders. Your extensive attention to detail is untouchable. I teach first grade. I have taught at university and worked for a state department of ed, I highly recommend your work to ANY K-1 teacher. This bundle is exactly what is needed to teach young readers to be successful and excited about reading. I urge primary teachers everywhere to purchase this and see for themselves the magic that happens when it is used in the classroom."
"WOW! We are loving this. My K kids are drawing things about stories that I did not think possible! I have had numerous visitors who cannot believe the conversations that my children are having about the books that we have read - love the quick letter review, my children are so excited to begin blending!"
We are extremely proud of these units and how they have changed the way teachers teach.
We want to offer you a special deal... now through March 4th, you can snag these at a significant discount.
FREE Curriculum Guide
If you want to learn more about the curriculum map we created (which includes a ton of great free resources and a few sample lessons), you can grab your copy below.