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About ten years ago I decided to make my first quilt. For someone who had never even turned on a sewing machine, this was not a walk-in-the-park undertaking. I didn't learn to quilt by doing little sewing exercises on the side though. I learned to quilt by quilting. I was immersed in the process from day one and became a quilter the moment I took on the project.
Of course, sewing and literacy are different beasts, but the premise of learning a new craft is the same. As the quote says, kids learn to read by reading, and they learn to write by writing. It's easy to get caught up in the "more", which can take on many different faces. More activities, more games, more centers, more glorified worksheets, etc....basically more stuff. All the stuff can so quickly push time for simply reading and simply writing right out the door. If there's anything that we can give our students that will make the most difference in their literacy, it's time to be readers and writers. The "more" isn't necessary.