Writing in Kindergarten can be a challenging topic to teach, but with these resources, it can be a breeze (ok, well maybe not a breeze, but maybe it will be a bit easier for you). Now, after using some of these strategies, I can’t believe there was ever a time that I did not enjoy teaching writing! It now is one of my favorite subjects to teach! I think it has *a little* to do with the fact that several of my students come to school not even knowing how to write their names, and leave writing complete, thoughtful sentences! It’s just so gratifying!
One of my favorite ways to incorporate writing in kindergarten into my lessons is to make class books. These books are fun because my students are the authors, and it really helps them to understand how books are made. Then we put the class books into our classroom library and they are hands down always the favorite to read!
I made this little book to use at the beginning of the school year. This class book is titled At School and it’s all about what we like to do at school {or what we can do at school, depending on what I’m in the mood for ;)}
Class books {fun way to get your kids writing!}
I glued the cover page onto construction paper and tied the book together with ribbon.
Here’s my sample page on the inside:
Writing in Kindergarten
I love having my students write the books themselves, and usually “translate” under their words. However, you could always have your students dictate their sentence to you and just have them draw their picture.
I added this little book to my TpT store as a free download, and included an editable cover page so you can type your name directly onto the cover.
I always incorporate a writing station into my language arts rotations when teaching writing in Kindergarten. My students write in their journals every day. Some days I give them a topic or a sentence stem, some days I let them free write, whatever their little hearts desire!
Here’s what our monthly journals look like {without any writing because I’m still on summer vacation muahaha!}
Monthly Journal Writing
Monthly Journal Writing
Each month, I make them a new journal with a cute themed cover and I copy the vocabulary words onto the back of the front cover. I really encourage inventive and “best guess” spelling so the words are by no means meant for my students to spell their monthly words correctly. I just provide them as a guide to help my students brainstorm what they will write about.
Monthly Journal Writing
Monthly Journal Writing
I keep all their journals through the year and then wrap them up with a cute bow. Then I leave their journals out on their desks when we have Open House at the end of the school year. The kids and the parents love to see their growth through the year!
You can purchase these journals in my TpT shop!
I also incorporate the monthly words into a word work station to help teach writing in kindergarten. At this station, I do encourage correct spelling of both sight words and vocabulary words. I print the monthly themed words onto card stock and place them in a pocket chart. My students use the cards to complete the writing pages.
Word Work Center
Here are some samples from my Fall Words file.
Word Work Center
Word Work Center
I have four options for the writing practice to help differentiate the levels of my students.
Here are some samples of how I use less support for each page.
On this page, the students write the sight word and vocab word independently.
Word Work Center
 Here, they choose the word to complete each sentence and draw their own pictures.
Word Work Center
 You can find these words plus more in my TpT shop!
Word Work Center
Writing Center
Can you tell how much I love teaching writing yet??
Here are some of my most favorite writing resources that I have found from my amazing blogging friends:
Teri{A Cupcake for the Teacher} has put together the most amazing writing center! Such a great resource!
Lori{Teaching with Love and Laughter} has the cutest topic cards! We never don’t know what to write about!
Lyndsey{A Year of Many Firsts} is beyond creative, and has the most amazing “writing zone” in her classroom!
How do you teach writing in Kindergarten??