The first-grade classes at Van Buren Elementary recently celebrated their writing progress with a publishing party. They invited their parents and other family members to school so that they could read them the stories they had written and illustrated. Parents and students munched on doughnuts and sipped juice after students shared their stories.
Teachers in kindergarten through fifth grades in the Baldwinsville Central School District are using "Units of Study for Primary Writing," a writing program created by Lucy Calkins, a leading expert in writing curriculum. The writing program stresses the use of celebration to mark student milestones in order to sustain excitement for writing.