But if you’re intending to use the writing workshop model with your Kindergarteners, you’ll need to start getting things in place that first week of school.
I highly recommend using the workshop model to teach writing, even in Kindergarten.
Students draw and write for about 5-10 minutes, and then we have a 3-5 minute wrap-up.
Over time, I work to build students’ stamina (more on that later), so that our entire workshop takes about 40-45 minutes.
Writing workshop can help foster student independence and a love of writing – not to mention that it helps kids learn to write well!
In this post, I’ll walk you through how I plan for the writing workshop, what lessons I teach at the very beginning of the year, how I move kids from drawing to writing, and what I do to help kids stay on-task during the workshop.
I never wanted us to waste time on these tasks during the workshop, so I try to check and replenish the supplies after school.
(The supplies are in the pencil boxes on the right side of the shelf – pencils are in the red boxes (1 box per table), and crayons are in the green boxes.) I keep a bin of paper (blank paper at first, then some with lines as the year went on, and eventually little stapled booklets) in a central spot in the classroom.
When it was writing workshop time, each table leader had to bring over a supply box full of crayons and a supply box full of pencils.
We share all of our supplies, and this also makes it easier for me to see when I need to sharpen pencils, replace crayons, etc.