Let’s Talk…About Writing Centers!

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Today, I want to talk about Writing Centers. Do you have one? As a public school teacher and then as a homeschooling mom, I always had a writing center and it was always a cherished space, not just for me but for my students!

Why have a Writing Center?

To encourage creativity and good habits for budding writers!

What is a Writing Center?

It is simply a comfortable place where students can write. A place where materials are kept that spark their creativity!

Whether you have a classroom, co-op space or homeschool at the kitchen table, make your Writing Center as inviting and inspiring as possible. Provide a place that is quiet and organized. A place that will spark the imagination and foster a love for the written word.

Students of what ages/grades benefit from having a Writing Center?

Students of ALL ages and grades will benefit, from PreK-12th grade. If you are teaching PreK, create a fun place where students can put crayon to paper, practice drawing, coloring, printing, etc. Talk to them about their creations in the writing center. Have students create ‘oral’ stories about their creations!

As children grow, simply keep the writing center available (and busy) with age/grade level creative work. Encourage their imaginations. Challenge their creativity and allow them to explore their ever growing ability to create!

Writing Centers can be used for all types of writing and all ages.

Here are some practical ways you can build either a portable or permanent writing center:

Find a Space – Consider how much room you have. Are you homeschooling in tight quarters or do you have a classroom at your disposal?

If you are tight on space, create a portable center. You can do so by keeping everything in a large tub or container that can be stored when not in use. You can also consider storing supplies using the following items:

Over-the-door pocket shoe organizer
Stacking letter trays for paper
Storage cupboards, tubs, bins, or baskets

If you have ample room at your disposal, why not designate a ‘Writing Center only space’ using a small table or desk that is set off to the side?

Equip Your Writing Center– Gather your writing supplies and store them in or near your chosen writing center. Before buying anything new, look to see what supplies are already lying around the classroom and house. (It’s a good idea to keep these supplies separate so they’re always handy at writing time.) Reference tools to have include:

Alphabet charts (posted at eye level to serve as penmanship models)
Reference tools like a children’s dictionary, electronic speller, or children’s thesaurus.
Posters showing steps in the writing process

Gather tools for brainstorming and writing

Writing Prompts
Crayons, markers, pencils
Grade level writing paper

Provide tools for publishing final drafts

Glue, glue sticks, tape
Rubber stamps, stickers
Scissors, stapler, hole punch, yarn scraps
Solid-color construction or scrapbooking paper 

Finding Resources for your Writing Center

CHSH-Teach has many downloadable resources that you may use. Here are some of those resources…

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Find basic resources to start a writing center such as posters and more.

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Find fun ‘shape books’ for students to use!

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Find daily writing prompts for every day of the year!

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Find a variety of ‘helps’ that will help students organize their writing.

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Find 1″ to 1/2″ lined/dashed paper to print and go.

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Find mini-book templates that students can use to create any ‘little’ book!

These are not the only resources on CHSH-Teach that can be used but you’ll be off to a good start!

If you are thinking about making a purchase from this year’s Build Your Bundle sale, you might want to consider adding these wonderful products within your Writing Center…

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My Writing Journal

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Creative and Crafty Writing

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The Ultimate Language Arts Cheat Sheets

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Sale ends May 30, 2017 @ 11:59pm EST

As always, THANK YOU for being a valued CHSH-Teach member,

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