Writing Center in Preschool or Kindergarten
How to set up and organize a Writing Center in your preschool, pre-k, Head Start or kindergarten classroom.
Writing Center Materials
Above you can see some of the materials in the writing center. I have listed them in more detail for you below.
Writing Center Sign: I have a sign displayed that lists what we are learning in the writing center. You can read more about these signs HERE.
Cutting Practice: This consists of the fronts of old greeting cards I have my family and friends collect for me. Students cut the pictures out and glue them to paper, then write about their pictures. They are highly motivated to use the cards, it is one of their favorite activities at the writing center and a great way to practice scissor skills. The thickness of the cards offers more resistance thus making it easier for little hands to cut.
ABC Punches: These are a great source of fine motor practice as well as a way to practice letter identification. Students punch the letters of their own names, names of friends, or words and glue them to paper.
Clipboards: Students can place sheets of blank paper on the clipboards and use their writing tool of choice. They can walk around the room and record their observations or copy print, this is another one of their favorite activities.
Dry Erase Boards: I place the dry erase boards and clipboards in stacking file trays for easy storage.
Alphabet Stamps: You can keep alphabet stamps organized when you store them in ice cube trays. Label each empty space with a letter and the students can match the stamps to the correct space. The students enjoy stamping their names, names of their friends, or words.
Paper: Paper is an important part of the writing center. I have several different types of paper available for students to choose from. Regular white copy paper, half sheets of copy paper, and half sheets of construction paper so they can make covers for their books.
Sandpaper Letters: Place skinned crayons with these sandpaper letters and students can use half sheets of paper to create crayon rubbings of the letters.
Pasting Pieces: These alphabet pasting pieces are always huge hit in my classroom. The students like to glue the letters to paper and spell their names and the names of their friends or even words.
Above is a close up picture of how I store writing center supplies such as markers, pencils, scissors and glue. Each table in the classroom has a crayon caddy so crayons are readily available throughout the room and don’t need a separate storage space in the writing center. I also have a kid friendly stapler that staples papers without actual staples. It only staples up to 3 or 4 sheets of copy paper at a time but that’s plenty to keep the kids happy.
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