We have always loved our kindergarten writing station.
When I started this station years ago, I wanted to set this station up for success. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of the writing station.
Place the writing station near the word wall.
This will support your students as they learn to spell those, ever important, word wall words.
Introduce tasks over time.
Soon they are writing cards
and books at this station.
Keep the tools handy!
I love to have freshly sharpened colored pencils at this station. I really love the Crayola erasable pencils. They sharpen straight (which makes my OCD happy) and they last the whole year.
I store the previous month’s vocabulary card sheet in a magazine holder. It is not uncommon for my students to want to write about Halloween… all… year… long!
At the beginning of each month, I copy each of the page options… about 10 of each of them. Some I lay out and others (like the ones clipped in the picture below) get set aside and are added each week.) Once those resources are gone, then the students have to select something else. This nudges them to try different types of writing.
“I Can” cards can provide the visual support students might need to prompt them towards independence.
Add vocabulary cards that they are likely to use that month.
Keep it predictable.
Just like you, I use my station time to pull my small groups. So I do not have time to reteach stations week after week. Therefore, I try to develop tasks that are engaging and appropriate without reinventing the wheel week after week.
The set up of the writing station looks the same in August as it does in December (the image below).
And March! Yet, my students squeal with delight each month when the “new writing station” is revealed. When students are motivated and engaged, discipline issues seem to disappear.
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