Kindergarten beginning of the year writing activities

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Kindergarten beginning of the year writing activities

Writing in Kindergarten Wednesday, August 14, 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!

It's just so gratifying! One of my favorite ways to incorporate writing 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.

kindergarten beginning of the year writing activities

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.

Here's my sample page on the inside: 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.

kindergarten beginning of the year writing activities

I always incorporate a writing station into my language arts rotations. 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!

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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. 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. 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. Here are some samples from my Fall Words file. I have four options for the writing practice to help differentiate the levels of my students.At the beginning of the year we also made several Alphabet Books. Sometimes they completed a page in those books too.

I realize that explaining and modeling all these activities during circle time can be overwhelming for some teachers. I love incorporating silly picture prompts near the beginning of the year, to really reel my kids in. I was start teaching at the word level (vocab), and move toward paragraph writing (with parts of speech and sentences in between).

Kindergarteners are often enthusiastic writers and they will weave writing activities into their play. Provide budding writers with experiences that give them something to write about.

Invented spelling is normal at this age, as children are translating the sounds of spoken words into writing. This smart, simple approach ensures that kindergarteners write at or above a first-grade level by the end of the year. Master teacher Randee Bergen shares her yearlong plan for daily writing, providing complete lessons and tips for motivating all learners, managing writing time, and assessing children's work effectively and efficiently.

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Kindergarten Writing Prompts Below you'll find some fun writing prompts for your kindergarten students. Each writing prompt is designed to help students develop beginning writing skills and focuses on easy concepts like friendship, weather, and days of the week (e.g.

The beginning of kindergarten is so busy! We pack in so much in 15 minute increments that I know it can be hard to make lesson planning easy. Here is my cheat sheet of 5 activities I'd totally make sure get into my first week of kindergarten lesson plans. What to do the First Week of Kindergarten Now, please don't mistake this for the only five things you'd do in a week.

{wink} Rather, think.

WritingFix: Jodie Black's Units for Kindergarten Writers Workshop