Writing in Kindergarten can be so hard! You want to start right away, but how are your kiddos ready?! This is where our Kindergarten expertise comes in! We need to make those that are not aware of what our Kinders can do! Now, I will be honest...I do not start Writer's Workshop right away. I have to spend so much time establishing good routines and a safe learning environment. I start Writer's Workshop week #3. I will talk about what I use later in the post.
Let's go back a little....this Summer I worked really hard to get organized and get some things ready! Of course I didn't get everything done that I wanted to get done, but I made a really good dent! :-) This year I wanted to give my writers as many resources as a I could to help them become better and more independent writers. Each of my students had a book box for their books. I thought why not give them a box for their writing!! So I did! I don't know about you, but I hate labeling everything with their name. That is just more work for me each year. So, I have everything labeled with their number. We start working on their student number day #1! They learn them quickly...actually, I have a few that learn everyone's number quickly! LOL Thank goodness, because I sometimes forget!
Here is a picture of their Writer's Toolboxes! Notice...they are empty!! We will fill them TOGETHER!!
One of the first things that I will put in is their Writing Office! I wanted information that they could use! HOWEVER, I didn't want to include too much information (sight words/spelling words) because I will also use these as privacy offices when taking tests.
To make these for each students you will need 3 file folders. I use rubber cement to glue them together. First, I take 2 folders and open them. I glue the left side of one to the right side of the other. Now, I take the third folder and attach it. MAKE SURE they are lined up that they will close ok.
This is a picture of the front cover, with the office closed.
This is the back of the office, with the office closed.
This is the office half way opened and flipped over (front and back cover)
This is the office opened the same way, but flipped over (inside)
We are not finished yet! WHOA! This picture is with the right side flipped open (the ABC chart side)
This is with the left side flipped open (vowel sounds side)
This view is of the office completely open and standing up. This is how I use them for privacy!
Some of the first writing lessons I do are all about details. We talk about a detailed picture. I want them to use at least 5 different colors and add 5 different details.
I have a pack that has some picture starters. We always do a couple together. I talk about things that they might see. Is it inside? Is it outside? We also talk about using colors that make sense. You can get this packet by clicking the cover page below. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Lets-Work-On-Writing-August-Drawing-Detailed-Pictures-1410803
My writing office is also available in my TpT store!
You can also get the labels that I use for my Writer's Tool Boxes. You could use them for many other things too! :-)