Let's Start Writing From DAY 1 | 5 Reasons First Graders Should Write EVERYDAY

Introducing your first graders to the world of writing is a journey that lays the foundation for a lifetime of literacy. I am a firm believer that the more you write the better you read and more you read the better you write. 

Reading and writing are intertwined and together form the bedrock of literacy. These comprehensive processes reinforce and amplify one another as well as enhance a life-long journey of communication and self expression.

As September approaches, it brings with it a perfect opportunity for first graders to embark on a writing voyage from Day 1.  

The importance of starting writing early in the school year cannot be overstated, as it encourages key skills, nurtures creativity, and ignites a passion for communication through writing. With each pencil stroke and every word formed, these budding writers set sail on a voyage of self-discovery and growth, unlocking the power of their imagination and paving the way for future academic success. Not to mention that daily writing and having students share with partners will nurture friendships and a classroom community of writers.

Three to four students would meet every morning at the writing station to write and  add to their "book" about their weekend sports and activities over the weekend.

That being said, every morning after greeting each student at the door, they had a choice time and could  choose a morning activity until we met on the rug. (Of course there were a few housekeeping activities etc for which each child or groups of students were responsible for or were required to complete.) I was known to run a tight, fun ship where each student was valued for their contributions and were an important part of our classroom family.  Why am I writing about these students? Where they the only students choosing writing each morning? NO, but they were writing together pretty much EVERYDAY about a topic they could ALL relate to...creating bonds and collaborating through writing.

Writing Everyday is Important for First Graders and all Students for Several Reasons: 

 1. Language Development: 

Daily writing practice helps young children develop and refine their language skills. It enhances their vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure, enabling them to express their thoughts and ideas more effectively. 

 2. Communication Skills: 

Writing encourages children to articulate their ideas and feelings in a structured and coherent manner. Regular practice allows them to become better communicators, both in writing and verbally, as they gain confidence in expressing themselves. 

 3. Creativity and Imagination: 

Writing fosters creativity and imagination in first graders. By engaging in daily writing activities, they are encouraged to think critically, problem-solve, and explore new ideas. Writing provides an outlet for their imagination and allows them to create stories, poems, letters, notes, lists and descriptions, fostering their creative thinking skills. 

 4. Literacy Development

Writing is closely linked to reading and literacy development. By writing daily, first graders reinforce their understanding of letters, words, and sentence structures. It helps them recognize and apply phonics rules, develop spelling skills, and improve their overall reading comprehension. 

 5. Cognitive Development: 

Writing involves various cognitive processes, such as planning, organizing, and sequencing thoughts. Regular writing practice enhances a child's cognitive abilities, including attention span, memory, and logical thinking. It also promotes problem-solving skills as they learn to convey information in a clear and logical manner. These reasons highlight the importance of daily writing for first graders, as it contributes to their overall language development, communication skills, creativity, literacy, and cognitive growth.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of daily writing from the beginning of the school year.  You will be amazed as you watch your students' writing develop  and grow throughout the year. 

TIP: I love to see my first graders look back at their first piece of writing from September and compare it to a piece written at the end of the year!  So, I have them choose a journal entry from September and one from the last month or school and compare and contrast write what they notice.  There is laughter, giggles, smiles and pride with how much each has improved.  

You might also be interested in this Writing Blog post: 3 Ideas to Encourage Kids to Write at Home and at School