almost first-grader writing 

One of the things I’ve been reading from our new writing curriculum, Brave Writer, is that spoken language precedes written language. So we need to be encouraging our children to use great language by surrounding them with great literature.  Here are two examples of Judah’s great language and voice coming out when telling about his drawings:stick person drawing of farmerThis is a farmer and he’s holding a broom in his hand. He’s wearing a smile on his face. 
stick person with bow and arrow drawingHe’s hunting with a bow. He has glasses on. And he has earwax and it’s dripping out of his ear. And the rabbit is going, “aaaah,” (as in “say aaaah”) and it’s going in his mouth. 

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