Young children need to be provided with many different and fun ways to explore the world of writing.
As children acquire the written world it is important for us to give them many opportunities through out the day to express ideas and create drawings. When you give them experiences like glow writing and slime write you will see that your instructional writing time is paying off.
This is always one of our classroom favorites we turn our light table center into a glow writing table. If you have children that avoid the writing table this one will definitely draw them in.
Here is what you will need to get a glow table up and running.
Find an area in your room that can accommodate a large appliance box if you do not have a loft. This way you can curtain off the box so over head light is at a minimum. Attach the lights to the top of the box with double stick tape. Have children use clipboards for writing on.
When we return from winter break we always change out all of the markers through out the classroom and place all of the old markers with a fresh batch of snow white slime for the slime writing table. This table is a yearly hit.
What are some of your favorite ways to spice up the writing process in your classroom?
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.