Monday, July 09, 2012

Literacy Centers 101: Writing Center

This week I'm doing a (quick) post on my Writing Centre
(I'm Canadian, remember, hence the spelling? HA!).
I have a small trapezoid table near the windows in my class and 4 small stools (thank you Ikea!) for students to sit on this way they know only 4 kids at a time are allowed at this center (it's a popular one!).

I like to keep materials in a 3 drawer plastic oraganizer.

Each drawer holds certain things:
- stencils
- pictures (from magazines, extra clip art, etc.)
- tools (pencils, erasers, scissors, glue)
Crayons and markers have seperate small bins of their own which sit right on top of this.  Oops - forgot to take a picture!

These are the posters I put up at my Writing Centre. 

I had written a couple of posts on this a while back, where you can download and print your own FREE Writing Centre posters with lots of themes.
Click here and here to go to those posts.
I like to put a variety of papers at this centre.  My kiddies like doing worksheets (like finding and colouring all of the sight words), writing simple messages on templates, or just piecing together paper to make something (that's okay as long as they have written something on it).

A lot of my papers at this centre come from Deedee Wills' monthly packs.
They are fantastic!  Click on the picture to check them out!

That's it for me...sorry for the short post...I'm off to Vegas tomorrow for the I Teach K! conference and I have some last minute things to pack (and an early flight too!).
Hope to post pictures from the conference soon!

8 comments:

  1. I love all your writing goodies! Have fun, fun, fun at the conference!I can't wait to see pictures!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  2. Have a blast in Vegas!! I love your writing ideas! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  3. Great organization and lots of fun for your little guys. Thanks for sharing. Renee

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  4. Thank you for your great ideas!

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  5. It was so great meeting you Alessia! What a fun time we are having in Vegas!

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  6. This is exactly how I do my writing center for my pre-k students! I feel so validated to know an awesome teacher like you does it too! I love that the students can create anything they want and I just provide the tools. I also have a drawer with clipboards and pointers so they can Write around the Room! Since they are pre-kinders I wait a couple of months before requiring written words. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  7. These writing center posters are excellent. I have downloaded all of them. Nice job. Can't wait to see any new ones you create.

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