Hello friends! We are one week into July and on day 7 of #31daysofkindergarten. Today is all about the Writing Station in Kindergarten. This is another favorite station of my students and I love watching their writing grow!
What You Need for a Writing Station
I am fortunate enough to have a really big classroom and so I am able to have a specified area designated for my writing station. I know that this is not the standard for everyone and oftentimes space is the issue. But even with space limitations, you can still create a small nook for a writing station. Here is a list of items you might want for your writing station.
- hard writing space like a table or clipboards
- stacking trays with different types of paper
- pencils (I keep my ‘fancy’ character or themed pencils here in the writing station)
- colored pencils
- dry erase boards & dry erase makers
- picture dictionary
- picture vocabulary cards
- display area for 5 star writing pieces
- handwriting practice
Do plan to place your writing station very close to your word wall, so your students can easily access those words.
What to Teach Your Students About the Writing Station
- How to make a list (This is the 1st skill I teach. And my students LOVE making all kinds of lists!)
- We make lists of friends, school words, Halloween costumes, favorite candy, Christmas gifts, things we love…the lists are endless! Every 2-4 weeks, I add new words and lists. (Scroll to the bottom for your list freebie!)
- What can I write about (These are great anchor charts to help you teach this…)
- How to get ideas for writing
- How to use the writing tools and supplies
- ink pads
- What to do if you don’t know how to spell a word
- How to make a card
- How to write a note
- How to write a recipe
- How to label a picture
- How to revise edit
- How to publish your writing
What Students Do at This Station
- practice handwriting
- make lists
- label pictures
- label a stamp
- label a sticker
- write a note
- make a card
- write a recipe
- write a book
How to Keep the Writing Station from Getting Boring
- add new themed or colored paper
- add fun pencils or pens
- new picture cards
- author study posters
- new stickers
- new stamps
- die cuts
- themed pictures
A request I get frequently is for my fun writing lists! I have lists for everything!! I like to include picture cards for my students to use as well. Here are a few samples of what list writing looks like in my classroom. The first list we learn to make is My List of Friends. I print all of my students pictures and names into a template and print and laminate. I cut apart and punch a hole and attach with a binder ring. I usually put all the boys on one ring and all of the girls on the other ring.
Here is a list of My Favorite Candy. I printed out a bunch of candy environmental clip art and attached them to a ring. My students can then use these candy pictures to make a list.
Another easy and fun activity for the writing station is to have parents donate stickers and have students to label the stickers. I have a friend who is in to journaling and scrapbooking. She went through her supplies and donated a huge amount of stickers and stamps and this resulted in me creating these fun templates for this station. As you can see, my kids love this! (You can download this FREE Label a Sticker for free!
So are you convinced now to create your own writing station?! And just a little quick note…my writing station evolves over the school year. Students have the opportunity to write stories and revise and edit, but these are a few ideas to keep in your writing station. Ready for your freebie?! Get your FREE version of I Can Write a List here. It includes several different lists for throughout the year and includes school-themed picture cards for the first months of school! Enjoy and happy writing station!
This is another one of the favorite stations. Students in my classroom are almost always engaged and always have something to do at this station. I hope you got some great ideas today! Please let me know with a comment or tag me on social media when you use one of these suggestions…I love to hear from teacher friends!! Keep following along with the 31 Days of Kindergarten series to get more ideas and tips for your students and classroom!
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