I never met a kindergartener that didn’t want to tell you about themselves. Ask them what they like and they are out of the gate with a whole list. But when it comes to writing we need them to write more than just  “I like my family, my mom is a good cook”. Of course there will always be a place for narrative writing but if your district uses the common core they will not be meeting the standards if they only write narratives. We need to move on to opinion and informational writing  right from the start. Not to mention the first grade teachers will love you if your kids have more practice with this type of writing.                                              So how do we get them to show higher level writing in kindergarten?  It’s all in the prompt. If we take some time and really look at what we are asking we can see if we change a few words we’ll push them to think a little more and not just remember. Our goal is not for them...