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Old 09-10-2009, 06:41 PM
 
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Is there anybody out there that is using AC First 30 days? We are using it this year and I love the reading workshop first 30 days but am finding the writer's workshop first 30 days a little difficult to understand. It has second graders keeping a writer's notebook to keep their "seed" ideas. This has been a struggle as to when to write in the seed notebook and when to draft and so forth....

If anyone is using either of these, please give me your thoughts and/or your success tips.

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I also really like the reading, it is very well laid out. The writing is slower going and the sourcebooks were a real headache. I sent a letter home explaining to parents what a sourcebook was and how we were going to put it together.

we decided as a grade level that we would not be sending them home. So we work on them throughout the year. I am letting my kids work on it if they finish morning work early and would rather do that than read a book, I also set my timer at the start of writer's workshop for 7 minutes and they can all choose to work in it then if they want, but after 7 minutes they must put it away and begin to write.

We devided ours up into three sections for second grade (I used the post-it note dividers to section off and label everyones notebook before I gave them to them. My three sections are; topics, memories, and pictures. so far a few have brought pictures and we have worked on a couple of topics lists that they have added in the sourcebook.

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