Writing in Choice Time: Not Just a Center

Children become better writers in writing workshop.

Children become writers in play.

In writing workshop, children write because they need to.

In play, children write because they need it.

In play, children need writing to inform.

Children become better writers in writing workshop.

Children become writers in play.

In writing workshop, children write because they need to.

In play, children write because they need it.

In play, children need writing to inform.

  • children write information needed prior to play.
  • signs give information at the zoo
  • signs help visitors find the Star Wars show
  • a chalkboard is used to make a menu

In play, children need writing to convince.

  • Children in Katie Lee’s class submit proposals for new choice time ideas.
  • “no smoking” at the zoo
  • Children in Katie Lee’s class submit proposals for new choice time ideas.

Children in Katie Lee’s class submit proposals for new choice time ideas.

In play, children need writing to observe.

  • children study a map of the Bronx Zoo before construction a zoo in the classroom
  • researching castles prior to blueprinting

In play, children need writing to create.

  • planning characters for pretend play 
  • checking off construction plans while a building is made
  • blank boards or easels offer planning space near a building center
  • a plan for mixing new colors of water at the sensory table
  • planning characters for pretend play 
  • checking off construction plans while a building is made

checking off construction plans while a building is made

In play, children need writing to connect.

  • name charts are a tool for making cards and letters for each other
  • writing a note alongside a picture for a friend
  • name charts are a tool for making cards and letters for each other

name charts are a tool for making cards and letters for each other

In play, children need writing to remember.

  • kids label new choice time center topics
  • recording a recipe for slime
  • adding labels to remember a choice time center after it’s done
  • keeping track of center topics throughout the year
  • writing an agreement for how to share between two centers
  • captioning a picture to add to SeeSaw
  • kids label new choice time center topics
  • recording a recipe for slime

recording a recipe for slime

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