One of the trickiest things to teach in maternelle can definitely be writing. Many of our students can't even speak French yet, but we are expected to teach them the mechanics of writing... PLUS how to write stories that have great content (for their age, of course!) . When I first started teaching writing, I tried to teach all of the above all at the same time - how to come up with a great idea and write about it, PLUS how to make sure you are writing as you should, with proper punctuation, upper/lowercase letters, spaces, sentence structure, etc. It was a lot for my students! While I do still cover many mechanics of writing during my writer's workshop-style lessons, I have found it beneficial to separate content from mechanics a bit, and take some extra time to teach + practice writing mechanics over and over in a more structured situation with my students, while providing them with a predictable framework for the content. And, in combination with time every day to ...