Writing is an important part of the curriculum. However, it can be difficult to set aside time for writing because it can be so time consuming, especially for some students. That’s why I love to use writing centers in kindergarten. Writing centers give students time to practice their writing skills in a variety of ways! Here are three activities you can use for writing centers in kindergarten with little to no prep!
Create a Writing Journal
We use journals all the time in elementary school. Whether it’s for math, reading, or writing, journals are a fun way for students to keep track of their progress. You can have your students color fun journal covers and then help them create a portfolio of their writing. In this journal, you can have all of their writing centers. This means even when they are “done,” they can go back and reread and revise work they have already completed. Having a writing journal for your writing centers in kindergarten can be a fun keepsake for parents too.
Use Write the Room for Writing Centers in Kindergarten
Sometimes your students need to get up and move! Write the Room is a great way to get students up and moving during writing centers in kindergarten. All you need to do to prepare for this activity is place word cards around the room. Then have students walk around with their recording sheets and clipboards to write down what they find. Depending on the recording sheet you use, will depend on what students have to write down. This is an engaging activity that will help get some of the wiggles out while getting great writing practice.
Put It In Order
One of the hardest parts of writing for many students is putting ideas in order. You can practice sequencing events with this Seasonal Bundle in your writing centers. With these activities, students will put the information in order first. After this step is complete, there are lines available for students to write sentences. This is a great writing center activity in kindergarten because you will practice several skills. For example, your students will get fine motor, sequencing, and writing practice! What more could you ask for out of a singular activity?
If you love these activities, you can get them all in the Writing Centers Bundle! By getting this Year Long Bundle, you’ll have easy prep all year, and your students will get fantastic writing practice. Using writing centers in kindergarten is one of the best ways to continually practice writing in the classroom. Make sure you check out these resources and more at Adventures in Kinder and Beyond!