Writing Workshop Assignment Week 2

Early Childhood Education Words

When writing and speaking about children's learning and development, we tend to focus on these developmental areas: cognitive, fine motor, gross motor and social-emotional. This week, you will refer to our blog post ECE Words: External Links and look at eight websites defining areas of development, activities and teaching techniques. There are many overlaps, but it is likely not complete; if you find more words on other sites, share the links with us. The first assignment is to list five new-to-you words (preferably ones you could apply to your current children) in the comment section on that blog, with the definition (you can copy from the site), referencing their sources. The second assignment is to choose one word you have not previously used in your newsletters and include it next week. Copy and paste that the section in the comments.


  1. Refer to this blog post: ECE Words: External Links
  2. Find words: Look through the eight websites, find at least five words that you were not already familiar with, preferably ones that apply to your current classroom.
  3. In your newsletter: Include one word you have not previously used in a written newsletter. This can be a new-to-you or familiar word.
  4. Type a comment to the blog post: (1) List your five new-to-you words, with their definitions and a note regarding where you found each word. (2) Include the sentence or paragraph that you used in your newsletter, underlining the new word.

Due (extended)

Upon finishing your newsletter for Friday, 10/23/15.

ECE Words: External Links

General Early Childhood Education Terminology

ECE Glossary - NAEYC

Glossary of Terms - Oregon Early Childhood Foundations

Special Education / Children with Disabilities

Glossary - The Iris Center
Definitions for disability-related terms.

Special Education Terminology Glossary - The Center for Inclusive Childcare

Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students

Glossary of Terms Related to the Education of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students - National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs

Navajo Language Early Childhood Special Education Terminology - UNM HSC Center for Development and Disability

For Families

Education Terminology Every Parent Must Understand - E.D. Hirsch, summarized by NYC Hold International

Kindergarten Lingo: 10 Important Terms Every Parent Should Know - Education.com

Assignment Week 1


Instead of throwing a million small changes at you all at once, we can focus on a few rules at a time. I’ll assign a topic; you read through the rules, take the quiz at the end, and email me with any questions you have about wrong answers. As you write your next weekly, use the specific sites and other pages on GrammarBook.com as resources. If you can’t find an answer or aren’t sure if you applied the rule correctly, you can email me with any questions.


  1.  Titles: See the rules about using italics versus “quotation marks” for titles.
  2. Commas: Read the rules in the GrammarBook.com section linked below, take the quizzes, and email me with questions about wrong answers.
  3. Hyphens: Read the rules in the GrammarBook.com section linked below, take the quizzes, and email me with questions about wrong answers.


Wednesday, 10/14/15