Fill your classroom with opportunities to write!

Fill your classroom with opportunities to write!

I am a huge fan of inviting young children to write all throughout the day. In order to get my students writing all through out the day, I have to fill my classroom with opportunities to write.

Fill Your Classroom with Opportunities to Write by Teach Preschool

When I use the word “writing,” I am referring to anything that invites a young child to pick up a crayon, marker, pencil, or even their finger to write. draw, or make marks with…

Fill Your Classroom with Opportunities to Write by Teach Preschool

To encourage writing all around the classroom, I am constantly looking for ways to provide different writing experiences. We keep a set of small clipboards on the back of this book shelf…

Fill Your Classroom with Opportunities to Write by Teach Preschool

On most days, the boards are filled with blank sheets of white paper but on some days, I design a game or provide a drawing prompt on the boards. The above writing prompt was set out on a day we were making both real and pretend pizzas for taking pizza orders. On the photo below, each child was invited to complete a friendship quilt by asking each of their friends to color in a square on the quilt.

Fill Your Classroom with Opportunities to Write by Teach Preschool

My students love charts, order forms, and other prompts for writing. There is no right way or wrong way of using the writing prompts. They are simply provided to encourage the children to make their marks…

Fill Your Classroom with Opportunities to Write by Teach Preschool

But of course, providing blank sheets of paper for writing and drawing is a must do! My students love to take their clipboards all around the classroom throughout the day. Getting young children to want to write needs to be meaningful and fun!!!

Fill Your Classroom with Opportunities to Write by Teach Preschool

Most of my students (ages 3 to 5) are not reading yet, but they are still able to make their marks, write most letter symbols, and almost all of the children can print their name. In the mornings, my students always sign-in on our sign-in board. We change up the sign-in sheet periodically throughout the school year, but the morning routine is always the same…

Fill Your Classroom with Opportunities to Write by Teach Preschool

The children are always invited to write at our math table. Well actually, I didn’t invite them – the children just insisted that I keep paper and pencil at the math table so I have been happy to follow their interest…

Fill Your Classroom with Opportunities to Write by Teach Preschool

Anywhere I can find an opportunity to slip in writing and drawing tools or processes, I will do so…

Fill Your Classroom with Opportunities to Write by Teach Preschool

Any type of materials we can use to promote writing and drawing, I will use…

Fill Your Classroom with Opportunities to Write by Teach Preschool

And any place I can set up for drawing, I will find a way…

Fill Your Classroom with Opportunities to Write by Teach Preschool

Whether we are inside or outside…

Fill Your Classroom with Opportunities to Write by Teach Preschool

Or in our outdoor classroom…

Fill Your Classroom with Opportunities to Write by Teach Preschool

We always want to provide opportunities to write…

Fill Your Classroom with Opportunities to Write by Teach Preschool

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7 Comments

  • Janet T. Posted April 12, 2016 11:28 am

    I am so enthusiastic about your blogs. They always inspire me. I’ve been wanting to build our writing skills, but I’d run dry. This gives me so many ideas. Do you have your sign in sheet at the beginning of the year? Do they start with an X or their whole name? I’d like to do this for my class.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 13, 2016 12:46 am

      Hi Janet,
      In our three’s class, we wait to start it in January. In our older class, we start it at the beginning of the year. We start with what they know – often it is the first letter of their name or they can just make their mark!

      • Janet T. Posted April 15, 2016 9:31 am

        Thanks, Deborah. I’ve been studying the photos and it looks like your clipboards are around 5×7, is that right? Also, does each child get their own sign in sheet? I’m visualizing a bottleneck if the class signs on one sheet. You’ve got me very inspired for next year. Thanks again.

        • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 17, 2016 12:50 am

          Hi Janet,
          The children all sign in on one sign-in sheet. I have a several reasons for one sheet but I am sure there are other ideas to consider. Yes, our clipboards are 5×7:)

  • Melissa Sloan Posted April 14, 2016 7:01 am

    Thank you Deborah, always good ideas and suggestions!

  • Janney Marin Posted April 26, 2016 5:42 am

    Wow… this is such an interesting activity which directly accelerates children’s learning ability. These creative kind of preschool programs really help children to develop well. Thanks for your post.

  • penelope Posted April 27, 2016 7:40 am

    Hi there im a grade R teacher and i lke ur ideas fr writting . Please see if thr is nothing fr my age also . Anything with help . I will appreciate it alot .

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