Leslie Woodhouse

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Leslie currently teaches Head Start preschoolers in Portland, Oregon. She enjoys the beauty, inspiration, humor and insight that flow daily from her four- and five-year old students.

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Potato the Crow: Blurring the Lines Between Reality, Fantasy, and Play with Young Learners

Leslie Woodhouse discovers a dollar store find takes on a life of its own in her preschool classroom in this delightful essay.

In Defense of Dictation

Leslie Woodhouse finds dictation is a critical tool for understanding young writers and their sense of story.

Make a Note

Why is Leslie Woodhouse so forgetful? It’s all part of a not-so-devious plot to teach her preschool students the power of creating and leaving notes throughout the classroom.

Writer’s Launch

How do preschool teachers help their young students seem themselves as writers?  Leslie Woodhouse explains how she works with students early in the year, and provides many samples of starting points for three- and four-year-olds.

A Perfect Storm

If you work with young children, you know these girls. Olivia is a pink princess, given to tears and fanciful tales of slights from classmates. Maggie is a tomboy who struts around in zombie t-shirts and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. The two meet like gladiators in the preschool playhouse late in the school year.


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