Fill your classroom with opportunities to write!

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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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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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