Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Reggio inspired writing centers


On Monday I talked about how my classroom is ever-changing. I am constantly rotating materials in my centers, so  thought I would give some examples for different center materials.  Once I gathered a ton of materials for a particular center it was much easier to switch them out frequently.

When it comes to the writing center, my students especially love the following language-related materials:

  • Clipboards filled with PLENTY of paper (my students tend to be quite prolific!)
  • A variety of writing utensils (pencils are always available, but I switch in pens, colored pens, colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc.)
  • Alphabet stamps
  • Dry erase boards and markers
  • Mini notebooks
I also like to include materials that are related to my students' interests or current events, such as:
  • Vocabulary cards - so students can write words independently
  • Project related items - for tracing, observing, drawing, etc.
  • Colored paper or stationary if they want to create something extra special
  • Books with words or pictures that they can re-create
The most important thing to remember when creating a writing center is to make sure that there is room to write - young writers need plenty of space to spread out their tools.  Here are some photos of incredible Reggio-inspired writing centers to get your creative juices flowing.





Each of these blogs give a detailed explanation of these spaces if you need more than a photo, and please check out my Preschool Language Arts pin board for more great ideas!

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