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the Internet home of Leah Mermelstein.

Best Writing consultant 002 copyLeah is an internationally recognized literacy consultant who specializes in K-5 Reading and Writing Workshop. She is the President and CEO of Read-Write-Connect, INC. She is also the author of Reading/​​Writing Connections in the K-2 Classroom, (Allyn & Bacon), Don’t Forget to Share (Heinemann) and the co-author of Launching the Writing Workshop (with Lucy Calkins) (Heinemann).

Selected Works


Quality Writing Instruction
This brand new DVD will assist teachers with high quality writing instruction.


Don’t Forget to Share: The Crucial Last Step in the Writing Workshop
This brand new book will show you how to make your share sessions more instructional.


Reading/Writing Connections in the K-2 Classroom: Find the Clarity and Then Blur the Lines
This book demonstrates how through careful, explicit assessing, planning, and teaching every student can understand and use the reading/writing connection to become stronger readers and writers at the same time.

Units of Study for Primary Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum: Launching the Writing Workshop
This book shows teachers how to launch a joyful and rigorous Writing Workshop in their classrooms.


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Get Excited About The Small Stuff

I’m two months!











I’m always imagining all the ‘big stuff’ of Ariana’s life. I can’t wait for her to start talking, walking, singing, –I was so excited for her first smile!В  As you can see,В  it is quite beautiful.

But because I am soВ  excited for the big stuff I almost forgetВ  to noticeВ  the seemingly small stuff.

Last week, Ariana discovered her tongue!!

She figured out that she can keep her tongue in her mouth or if she wants she can put her tongue out of her mouth. What power she has and the look on her face while she does it is priceless.

She even noticed that she can do something (I’m not quite sure what she is doing) that will make her tongue make a funny sound.

Watch it here:В  IMG_0194

What I’ve realized is that discovering her tongue is not a small thingВ  but a big thing for my little girl!

Because I realized that, I made a bigger deal out of it with her–talking to her about how much fun it mustВ  be to have figured out all kinds of fun things to do with her tongue.

It’s a good reminder for both both parents and teachers to revel in all that kids do and notice not just the big things, but the small as well.

In the end what seems small probably isn’t and probably will have a bigger impact on the child.

Just ask Ariana..she looks pretty proud to have discovered her tongue and I have a feeling it’s the start of a lot of other things.

I would love your thoughts on how paying attention to the seemingly small details in both teaching and parents have yielded great results.

And by the way, Ariana laughed out loud today…She did it while watching me dance.В  I think she already had discovered that I have two left feetВ  and finds it funny:)

Until next time,


Copyright, 2013

8 Responses to Get Excited About The Small Stuff
  1. Renee Dinnerstein
    March 6, 2013 | 10:06 pm

    Oh Leah, these posts are wonderful, both Ariana and the analogies! It’s so important to give children the opportunities to make small, but meaningful, discoveries. That’s why I put Choice Time and Inquiry Projects at the center of kindergarten. This is where children have those surprising “aha” moments that they bring with them to all of their learning.

    Thank you for keeping this in the spotlight!


  2. Diane Joyce
    March 7, 2013 | 12:19 am

    Leah, Ariana, is so beautiful! Enjoy all the small moments with her – they are the best! I was conferring with a teacher today and our conversation centered around focusing on something small – to not become distracted by “too much stuff.”

    Miss seeing you – maybe sometime in the future we can work together again!

  3. Leah Mermelstein
    March 7, 2013 | 12:34 am

    Thanks, Diane! I am having a blast with Ariana and trying to soak every moment with her.
    I miss working with you as well…I hope that your year is well and that we do get to work together sometime in the future. :)

  4. Deb Thibault
    March 7, 2013 | 12:39 am


    Ariana is beautiful! So happy for you! You should see how our teachers are implementing writing workshop! They are applying so much of what you worked with them on last year: short, focused mini-lessons, lots of time to write, sharing, conferring, use of mentor texts! It is wonderful to see!

    Enjoy every minute with Ariana!

    Deb Thibault

    • Leah Mermelstein
      March 7, 2013 | 12:41 am

      Hi Deb,
      I’m so happy to hear that! Please give everyone my best. Leah

  5. Kirsten Belrose
    March 7, 2013 | 1:28 am

    Hi Leah,
    Your stories about Ariana bring back so many memories…my oldest is 20! Our babies really do give us reason to reflect upon what is important in life.
    Even with 5th & 6th graders, I believe that taking the time at the beginning of the day and after recess (and the big soccer game) to check in with each one, listen to their stories as to what has happened since I last saw them, and let them know that these things are important to me, too. This has built a real sense of community in Arcadia, my team. I think back to a direct quote from one of my “busiest students,” who told the principal that he really liked his teacher because, “she loves us.”
    For a while, due to the pressure our school was feeling from the DOE, we were so focused on scheduling every second of the day with some type of focused instruction that we forgot to make time for the little people we were teaching to share themselves as little people with us. Celebrating your students at every level helps to build confidence in who they are as people as well as learners. When that happens, you can move on to the “big stuff” and I find that all my kids have more success.


  6. Angela Baez
    March 7, 2013 | 3:03 am

    Goodness, it is stunning to be privy to someone discovering her tongue. I just love getting to see this small/HUGE stuff happening.

    Ariana is so very beautiful! Such lovely long dark hair and smiling eyes!

  7. Chris Napolitan
    March 8, 2013 | 3:12 pm

    Leah, Ariana is absolutely beautiful! With three grandchildren born in 2012, we’re experiencing all of those glorious moments again, also. It does make one stop and “smell the roses” to have an infant around, and we need, more than anything else, to try to help our students recognize that.


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