Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A peek at my writing center!

Happy, happy Wednesday! I am ecstatic for several reasons today. First, I finished my last class tonight for my K-12 reading endorsement! Waahoo! Just 2 papers and final left :) (aside from THE big test and adding the endorsement to my license). The second reason I'm so excited today is part of the "sizzle"! I have had this unit on my to make list since early this summer, and I'm so excited it's finished! My kiddos puffy-heart LOVED this today!
 (click either picture to visit my TpT shop for full details!)
Here is one of my little sweeties putting this into action today! I bought mini-cars (6 for $1) at the Dollar Tree and they thought it was the coolest thing to segment each phoneme in the word! (There are also paper cars included in the pack in case you can't find them at your local store.)
Now... onto a reveal of my Writing Center! Finally!

This is the view when you walk into my classroom and look right.  
Coming closer to my writing center, you can see I have two crate seats (love the extra storage!) and two placemats. I allow two students to write at the writing center during work on writing during Daily 5. The other students at that choice may work around the room or at another table. The open door on the right is our bathroom, and on the left is our sink.
Below is a closer look at the board area of my writing center. You can see my "Do you have a Writer's Eye?" poster set. The eyes and eyeglasses I cut out of poster board and sprinkled blue and black glitter over glue and laminated. The vocabulary cards that create the smile are hung on thin red and blue striped line with mini clothespins (see picture below).
A closer look...
The writing clip chart is available in my TpT shop here.
The pencil is from here and here
The vocabulary cards are from the amazing DeeDee Wills and can be found here.
The writing posters are part of a unit from the talented Deanna Jump that can be found here
Here is a look from the left side of my writing center. You can also see our Math centers from here.

I also house my "Warm Fuzzy" container here (more on that later). In the drawers I have construction paper, writing paper, and work on writing choices.

A close up of the clothespins.. this makes it SO easy to change out the vocabulary cards each month!

Below are the tools my kids use to write. The red bucket holds their writing folders. The mailbox is for letters/cards to the class or me. Inside of the blue bucket I have pens, pencils, markers, twist crayons, editing pencils, colored pencils, etc. There are also alphabet charts and writing checklists that students may use when writing. On the left are writing pockets that I use later in the year with my kinders. 
A view from the right side.
Storage for dry erase and clip boards!
If you're still with me, you're a champ! :) I hope I covered everything, and if you have questions don't hesitate to ask! :)

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