kindergarten writing: having a dedicated writing space in a kindergarten classroom can be a great way to reinforce writing behaviours with your students.
I re-vamped the kindergarten writing center in my classroom this year to try something new, and I am so excited about how it came together. I really wanted to have an interactive word wall, and have all the writing tools accessible to our students.
This is how it looks so far this year, it might change as the needs of our students change throughout the school year.
Interactive Word Wall
I taped the letter headers to the back of our rolling shelf, then added the sight words underneath them (I typed up our sight word list, printed and laminated them). They are stuck with Velcro dots, so students can take a word back to the table with them.
I wrote a blog post with My List of Useful Kindergarten Classroom Tools that discusses what I put out for my students and why. Set your students up for success by giving them the tools they need!
The word wall is great for our students, and they are starting to become independent and taking the words that they need when writing. We were doing our monthly writing for their memory journals when I took these pictures (if you want to know more about these- take a look at Memory Books and Journals for the Whole Year).
Our students can use the different writing tools on the shelf as needed. There are markers, pencils, pencil crayons. They know where to put things back once they have used them, and can just grab what they need.
Our colour posters are one of the tools they use the most when writing. They use it during rainbow writing activities, or any time they need colour words. It comes in my Color Around the Room pack:
There are certain words that students are always asking me how to spell. I started writing them in this book so that they can use it as a dictionary when they are writing. It is left on the shelf and they can take it whenever they need it.
Now that I have the area set up, how do I get my students to actually write? Take a look at my post Get Your Kindergarten Students Writing. If you have some students that are struggling, my post Knowing When to Slow Down would be perfect.
My favourite writing activity to do with my students is to make class books. They are so much fun, and they love reading them when they are done (this post has more info about them).
My Ultimate Guide to Kindergarten Centers is another great place to look for even more ideas and things to try!
I think that this area of our classroom will continue to change, and I will update you on any items that I add.
Are there any other areas of the classroom that you would like to take a closer look at? Let me know in the comments!
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