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Curious about how to set up a writing station for your students? Check out these 5 tips! This kindergarten writing center will help kids embrace their inner writer!

Kindergarten Writing Station: 5 Tips

November 7 Deedee 3 min read

We have always loved our kindergarten writing station. 

Curious about how to set up a writing station for your students? Check out these 5 tips! This kindergarten writing center will help kids embrace their inner writer!

 

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.

Curious about how to set up a writing station for your students? Check out these 5 tips! This kindergarten writing center will help kids embrace their inner writer!

 

Introduce tasks over time.

We start out pretty simply in August.   My writing work station looks the same in August as it does in May.  In August, I put out the vocabulary cards and the paper options.  The first week of this station, I tell my students that their job at that station is to stay and “write”.  They may only use one page.   Then each week I nudge them to do more.  It might sound like this,  “You know what I noticed at the writing station?   When Cecelia was there, she wrote words on her paper!  Isn’t that amazing?  {This usually prompts a chorus of ohhs and ahhs.} So if I wanted to write the word backpack, where to do you think I could find that word?   {They all chime in as I have a student use the pointer to find it}.  Friends, if you are going to the writing station today, you might want to be like Cecelia and add words to your writing.”
Curious about how to set up a writing station for your students? Check out these 5 tips! This kindergarten writing center will help kids embrace their inner writer!
 
At this point, they are jumping out of their shoes and straining their necks to see if they will get to go to writing station.
 
A few weeks later, I might plant the seed about writing a sentence!
 
This little mini-lessons last about 3 minutes.   If I am feeling like some of the work at this station falls short of their ability, I might take a minute to share the “awesome work” of one of their classmates.  This is THE EASIEST station to keep going all year.

Soon they are writing cards

Curious about how to set up a writing station for your students? Check out these 5 tips! This kindergarten writing center will help kids embrace their inner writer!

and books at this station.

Curious about how to set up a writing station for your students? Check out these 5 tips! This kindergarten writing center will help kids embrace their inner writer!

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.

Curious about how to set up a writing station for your students? Check out these 5 tips! This kindergarten writing center will help kids embrace their inner writer!

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.

Curious about how to set up a writing station for your students? Check out these 5 tips! This kindergarten writing center will help kids embrace their inner writer!

 Provide Support

“I Can” cards can provide the visual support students might need to prompt them towards independence.

Curious about how to set up a writing station for your students? Check out these 5 tips! This kindergarten writing center will help kids embrace their inner writer!

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).

Curious about how to set up a writing station for your students? Check out these 5 tips! This kindergarten writing center will help kids embrace their inner writer!

and January

Curious about how to set up a writing station for your students? Check out these 5 tips! This kindergarten writing center will help kids embrace their inner writer!

Curious about how to set up a writing station for your students? Check out these 5 tips! This kindergarten writing center will help kids embrace their inner writer!

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.

Curious about how to set up a writing station for your students? Check out these 5 tips! This kindergarten writing center will help kids embrace their inner writer!

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Curious about how to set up a writing station for your students? Check out these 5 tips! This kindergarten writing center will help kids embrace their inner writer!

12 Comments

  • Donna Putnam November 8 at 1:52 am

    Hi Deedee! I have your bundle of writing activities and use it a lot! I appreciate taking the time to talk about it. Your tips are great! One question. Where do you have the children store their unfinished work?

    Donna

    • Deedee November 8 at 3:50 am

      Thank you! Thank you!!! They put their finished and unfinished work in their tables station bin. They can always go back to it if they wish, but it is not required.

  • Amy November 8 at 2:13 pm

    I agree with keeping it predictable. With the themed stations it makes it easier for them to be excited but still know what to do.

  • bren in room 10 November 9 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks for this..I love it! Does your district do Lucy Calkins at all?

  • nancy john November 12 at 4:11 am

    Kindergarten is very important way for teach kids.

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  • Gabrielle Watson November 13 at 3:47 am

    I love, love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Megan Franklin February 10 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration and tips! This year I have been apart of a model classroom group that implements Literacy stations in K-3 classrooms. I am so excited to use these tips for the remainder of the school year and really kick them off next school year!

  • Lisa March 11 at 11:01 am

    These ideas work great in first grade too as a part of the Daily 5 – Work on Writing choice!

  • Rach March 15 at 2:36 am

    Love this, where did you get those ‘I can’ cards? They look fantastic.

    • Deedee March 15 at 5:35 pm

      They are part of the units. Just click on the links and you should be good to go!

  • Clarissa Baltz July 7 at 8:09 pm

    I just purchased one of your units. I am so excited to get started. How do you attach the “clothesline” to the wall? Do you have trouble with the kiddos pulling it down?

    • Deedee July 19 at 3:47 pm

      I used the command strips. I have never had it pulled down because my students did not take the cards off the line. There was a smaller, single page chart they could use if they needed a close-up or had trouble tracking the word.

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