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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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Three Things to Say To Children Everyday

I love how hard (and joyfully) Ariana is working at tummy time! :)













My friends and colleagues at Parenting Smarts, Ellen Dillon and Norman Stiles,В  Parenting Smarts Productions recently posted a wonderful article byВ Mojo Lisa A. McCrohan that was about the three things you should say to your child or childrenВ  every day.

В Things to Say To Your Child Every Day.

To sum up her wonderful article these were the three things that she believes children should hear from your mouthВ  and learn from your actions everyday.

1.В  I see you…..

2.В  You matter…..

3.В  I love to watch you…


As a new parent, I have beenВ  thinking about this wonderful articleВ  how and ifВ  I was doing that for Ariana.

It’s amazing even at 7 weeks Ariana can tell when my attention is elsewhere. Just yesterday, I was hanging out with Ariana.В  My phone rang and without any warning to Ariana I took my attention elsewhere andВ  started gabbing with a friend of mine.В  Within a minute or so, Ariana started to cry. It was as if she was saying to me: Don’t forget about me.В  I matter and if you’re going to talk to your friend at least let me know:)

She is right and I told her so.

I talk to Ariana all day long.

We talk about where she goes, what she does and what she likes and dislikes. Even though she doesn’t understand everything I am saying,В  she does know that I am talking to her.

Hopefully this ongoing conversation,В  helps her understand that she matters and that I see her.

My friend (the same one I was gabbing on the phone with) recently noted that I speak with Ariana in a conversational modeВ  as if she is going to respond (which she really does even at 7 weeks in her own way).

Again our ongoing conversations will help her know that I see her and that she matters.

I LOVE watching Ariana play.В  In the past week,, she has been napping a bit less and playing a bit more. I especially love watching her watch herself in a mirror. The moment her eyes catchВ  her own image in the mirrorВ  is simply priceless.

I also love how engaged she is with tummy time.В  Watch herВ  IMG_0188

Now that i am thinking about these three ideas in my parenting, I can’t help but think about these same ideas in my teaching.

No matter what we are teaching or how we are teaching it, if we want kids to learn they must know that we see them, and that they matter.

It certainly won’t hurt either if we tell them on a regular basis what we love watchingВ  them do.

Sometime people will say to me, “Yes that is all good but The Common Core Standards changes all of that.”

I don’t think so.

Although The Common Core Standards are not perfect, most most of it is simply good teaching.

The biggest problem is not the Common Core Standards, but how people react to them.

I believe that if we keep the three ideas aboveВ  in our mind while teaching, we have a better chance of kids actually learning.

I would love to hear your thoughts on these three 3 ideasВ  (and others of course) and what they mean to both your teaching and to our parenting!

Until next time,


Copyright, 2013


3 Responses to Three Things to Say To Children Everyday
  1. Renee Dinnerstein
    February 19, 2013 | 9:26 pm

    Hi Leah
    I love reading about your conversations with Ariana!
    One thing that I notice, too often, is that teachers tend to speak at children rather than with children. When I have grade meetings with teachers and we sit around a table chatting, I try to point out to them that this is the way they should be talking with children.

    What do you think about this?


  2. Leah
    February 19, 2013 | 9:48 pm

    Dear Renee,
    It’s great to hear from you and I’m glad that you are enjoying hearing about my sweet girl. :)

    Yes, I for sure think that we want to talk with children not to children. After all, that is what a conversation is. people building upon one another’s ideas. I do try to make this a focus in my staff development, just as you suggested. I try to view staff development the same way I view work with kids..talking with teachers, not to teachers and so together we try and build what we believe are helpful ways to work with children. I hope to see you soon. xo

  3. Regina Smoler
    February 22, 2013 | 3:30 am

    Hi Leah,
    I love how you get right to the heart of the matter. I am putting your 3 sentence starters in my notes right now. Paying attention to how we give feedback in the classroom is important to how children learn. As far as the Common Core Standards, I like being reminded of what I’m teaching. It helps me to stay focussed and overall it makes planning easier for me.

    So glad you are sharing your “mommy-hood” experiences with us!


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