Category Archives: Writing

A Shocking Find In a Neanderthal Cave In France

What would YOU build with Stalagmites?


Mysterious structures found deep inside a French cave are the work of Neanderthal builders who lived in the region more than 100,000 years before modern humans set foot in Europe.

The extraordinary constructions are made from nearly 400 stalagmites that have been yanked from the ground and stacked on top of one another to produce rudimentary walls on the damp cave floor.”

Writer’s Workshop

I call it Writer’s Workshop but reeally you can’t be a good writer without being a good reader. And in Montessori, writing comes first. For the emergent Literacy neophyte, It’s easier to reproduce the sounds and images from one’s own mind than to guess at what some author you never met was trying to say. More info from Maria here.

Some of my heroes of writing:

  1. Ralph Fletcher
  2. Writing Down the Bones with Natalie Goldberg
  3. Bird by Bird
  4. Paul Fleishman
  5. Donald Graves
  6. Lucy Calkins


  1. Read Write Think

Writing Poetry with Children

  1. Poetry is an excellent first writing project for reluctant writers. Children will be exposed to reading and writing Haiku and free verse. Rhyming poetry while silly and engaging is really challenging for young children to write. Please help by exposing your child to poetry that doesn’t rhyme….”free verse.” 
  2. There is a poetry contest that both Fox Den and Eagle’s Nest will be entering. The deadline is at the end of February. More details to come. For now, know that the deadline is in February.

Want to write some poetry RIGHT NOW?

Here’s a fun website that can help:


Free Verse examples: