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March 4, 2011

Easy Writing Ideas for Early Writers

By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K

    “Easy writing ideas?” you ask. “But my students don’t even know how to write!” You’re in luck. These ideas are suitable for children with limited word and print knowledge, in the beginning stages of reading and writing. Each can be adapted for any ability level, from prewriter to fluent writer. By providing options for students at different stages in their literacy journey, you help them build confidence and set every child up for success in writing.

     

     

    These ideas will help your students learn to write in different and clever ways:

     

    1. Prewriting

    Pre-Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    2. Dictated Writing

    Dictated Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    3. Picture Writing

    Picture Writing in PreK and Kindergarten  

    4. Stamped Writing

    Stamped Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    5. Bubble Writing

    Bubble Writing in PreK and Kindergarten 

    6. Traced Writing

    Traced Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    7. Carbon Copy Writing

    Carbon Copy Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    8. Fill-in-the-Blank Writing

    Fill-in-the-Blank Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    9. Manual Alphabet Writing

    Manual Alphabet Writing in PreK and Kindergarten 

    10. Alphabet Writing

    Alphabet Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    11. Secret Code Writing

    Secret Code Writing in PreK and Kindergarten   

    12. Name Writing

    Name Writing in PreK and Kindergarten    

    13. Constructed Writing

    Constructed Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    14. Sounds Writing

    Sounds Writing in PreK and Kindergarten.lnk
     
    15. Rebus Writing

    Rebus Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    16. Title, Caption, and Label Writing

    Title, Caption, and Label Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    17. Left-to-Right Writing

    Left-to-Right Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    18. Predictable WritingPredictable Text Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    19. Lift-the-Flap Writing

    Lift-the-Flap Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    20. Question and Answer Writing

    Question and Answer Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    21. Speech Bubble Writing

    Speech Bubble Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    22. Pop-Up Picture Clue Writing

    Pop-Up Writing in PreK and Kindergarten  

     23. Erasable Writing

    Erasable Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

     

    24. Mechanics Writing

    Mechanics Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    25. Poetry Writing

    Poetry Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

     

    Writing Tools

    Writing Implements in PreK and Kindergarten

    To get the creative juices flowing for all little learners, provide pencils, pens, markers, crayons, and colored pencils that have: 

    • Special Effects (gel, glitter, shimmer, glow-in-the dark, paint, watercolor, 3-D)
    • Special Uses (fabric, bingo, windows, posters, whiteboards, construction paper, body, bathtub)
    • Different Tips (broad, fine, wedge, conical, bullet, smooth, brush, stamp, double, triple, dual-ended, calligraphy)
    • Different Ends (erasers, novelty erasers, feathers, streamers, chew top)
    • Different Shapes and Sizes (doodling, coloring book, fat, thin, large, jumbo, mini, pipsqueak, rocks, long, short, full-length, triangular, hexagonal, pentagonal)
    • Different Styles (standard, twistable, clickable, scented, erasable, telescoping, dual-ended, finger, beeswax, smooth, woodless sticks, textured, weighted, doodle top, water-filled, see-through, light-up, motorized)
    • Different Colors (classic, bold, 96-color variety, tropical, bright, vibrant, fluorescent, neon, metallic, true-to-life, multicultural)
    • Color Effects (color-over, color-changing, color-mixing, rainbow, tricolor, color explosion, clear/color-revealing)

     Writing Paper in PreK and Kindergarten

    Include paper that gives students visual and physical cues to teach the complex skill of handwriting. You don’t have to buy special paper. Simply draw bold black lines on bright white paper, highlight alternating lines, raise lines by applying glue, or add colors or pictures.

    The Author's Chair

    Writing stories is the best way to practice writing skills, and sharing stories is the best way to get kids motivated to write. Children love to share their stories and feel like published authors. Give them the opportunity to sit in the author’s chair.Theme Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    Using scaffolding techniques, remaining flexible, giving feedback, and introducing novelty into your writing centers are all tried and true ways to support your students as writers. Most importantly, remember that writing is fun! You really can’t go wrong with writing activities in preschool and kindergarten. Small children are natural-born storytellers, so in the end, it’s the children themselves that make it easy.

    Do you have any good writing ideas? 

    Have a stuPENdous weekend!

    ~Allie

     

    “Easy writing ideas?” you ask. “But my students don’t even know how to write!” You’re in luck. These ideas are suitable for children with limited word and print knowledge, in the beginning stages of reading and writing. Each can be adapted for any ability level, from prewriter to fluent writer. By providing options for students at different stages in their literacy journey, you help them build confidence and set every child up for success in writing.

     

     

    These ideas will help your students learn to write in different and clever ways:

     

    1. Prewriting

    Pre-Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    2. Dictated Writing

    Dictated Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    3. Picture Writing

    Picture Writing in PreK and Kindergarten  

    4. Stamped Writing

    Stamped Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    5. Bubble Writing

    Bubble Writing in PreK and Kindergarten 

    6. Traced Writing

    Traced Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    7. Carbon Copy Writing

    Carbon Copy Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    8. Fill-in-the-Blank Writing

    Fill-in-the-Blank Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    9. Manual Alphabet Writing

    Manual Alphabet Writing in PreK and Kindergarten 

    10. Alphabet Writing

    Alphabet Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    11. Secret Code Writing

    Secret Code Writing in PreK and Kindergarten   

    12. Name Writing

    Name Writing in PreK and Kindergarten    

    13. Constructed Writing

    Constructed Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    14. Sounds Writing

    Sounds Writing in PreK and Kindergarten.lnk
     
    15. Rebus Writing

    Rebus Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    16. Title, Caption, and Label Writing

    Title, Caption, and Label Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    17. Left-to-Right Writing

    Left-to-Right Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    18. Predictable WritingPredictable Text Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    19. Lift-the-Flap Writing

    Lift-the-Flap Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    20. Question and Answer Writing

    Question and Answer Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    21. Speech Bubble Writing

    Speech Bubble Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    22. Pop-Up Picture Clue Writing

    Pop-Up Writing in PreK and Kindergarten  

     23. Erasable Writing

    Erasable Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

     

    24. Mechanics Writing

    Mechanics Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    25. Poetry Writing

    Poetry Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

     

    Writing Tools

    Writing Implements in PreK and Kindergarten

    To get the creative juices flowing for all little learners, provide pencils, pens, markers, crayons, and colored pencils that have: 

    • Special Effects (gel, glitter, shimmer, glow-in-the dark, paint, watercolor, 3-D)
    • Special Uses (fabric, bingo, windows, posters, whiteboards, construction paper, body, bathtub)
    • Different Tips (broad, fine, wedge, conical, bullet, smooth, brush, stamp, double, triple, dual-ended, calligraphy)
    • Different Ends (erasers, novelty erasers, feathers, streamers, chew top)
    • Different Shapes and Sizes (doodling, coloring book, fat, thin, large, jumbo, mini, pipsqueak, rocks, long, short, full-length, triangular, hexagonal, pentagonal)
    • Different Styles (standard, twistable, clickable, scented, erasable, telescoping, dual-ended, finger, beeswax, smooth, woodless sticks, textured, weighted, doodle top, water-filled, see-through, light-up, motorized)
    • Different Colors (classic, bold, 96-color variety, tropical, bright, vibrant, fluorescent, neon, metallic, true-to-life, multicultural)
    • Color Effects (color-over, color-changing, color-mixing, rainbow, tricolor, color explosion, clear/color-revealing)

     Writing Paper in PreK and Kindergarten

    Include paper that gives students visual and physical cues to teach the complex skill of handwriting. You don’t have to buy special paper. Simply draw bold black lines on bright white paper, highlight alternating lines, raise lines by applying glue, or add colors or pictures.

    The Author's Chair

    Writing stories is the best way to practice writing skills, and sharing stories is the best way to get kids motivated to write. Children love to share their stories and feel like published authors. Give them the opportunity to sit in the author’s chair.Theme Writing in PreK and Kindergarten

    Using scaffolding techniques, remaining flexible, giving feedback, and introducing novelty into your writing centers are all tried and true ways to support your students as writers. Most importantly, remember that writing is fun! You really can’t go wrong with writing activities in preschool and kindergarten. Small children are natural-born storytellers, so in the end, it’s the children themselves that make it easy.

    Do you have any good writing ideas? 

    Have a stuPENdous weekend!

    ~Allie

     

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