There is are so many meaningful opportunities for Patty's Pre-k children to write. Here are a few:
Color sorted markers and colored pencils.
The writing center materials. I love the two choices – fat pencil or golf pencil. These are both developmentally appropriate. And providing tape! So important!
More writing center materials- a tray of paper, a basket of words (blue cards) and a basket of picture + word cards.
The picture + word cards are related to their current inquiry – air.
The children write their name before entering the classroom.
Computer play – typing away in housekeeping (pretend- of course).
Writing is valued and displayed.
Love the writing hanging within these frames.
Writing samples hanging in a window related their weather study (which came out of the air inquiry).
Tomorrow we will look at Hanging Art in Patty's classroom.
Monday we will look at how the air inquiry was demonstrated in the classroom environment.
Thank you to Patty and her co-teacher Jenni for sharing their amazing classrooms!!
Thank you for sharing Patty’s inspiring classroom with us! I teach a pre-k class as well, and I’m so excited to implement her ideas. Can you tell us if she has a blog or website to follow? Thanks!
She does not – yet! I think it would be amazing if she did!
I’ve been loving these posts too! I hope Patty might have her own blog someday too! I think there are many Montessori teachers who would love to see the blended approach in action.
Patty has much to share with years of experience and lots of deep thought and reflection. I will be having her co-teach at least one eWorkshop later this month – so stay tuned!
I’ve changed some things in my room already since Christmas. The room is beginning to feel “soulful” to me! I can’t wait for every idea you have!!!! Thank you! Love Patty too!!!
Is “soulful teaching” still coming up this summer?
I love the way that the writing is not placed on the artwork, but framed and placed nearby. This also all very developmentally appropriate.
I love the use of frames to display their writing/art. I can’t wait to hit garage sales this summer to find some and paint them to match my classroom. Thanks for the awesome idea!
Thanks for all your posts. They are highly useful. I would need your assistance in setting up my school. I look forward to your response.
I am new to this site but oh my goodness! Such inspiration and easily adaptable ideas. Can’t wait for the posts each day. Thank you to the wonderful, generous educators who share so easily.
Love Patty’s writing center. I am already planning my 2016-17 WRITING CENTER.
I especially like that there is no teacher’s writing on students’writing.
Thank you for these wonderful posts and a peep into Patty’s classroom with such enriching ideas.
I am a preschool teacher in New Delhi (India) and love receiving so many inspiring ideas for my toddlers and preschoolers.
Isn’t being part of the teaching community such a joy? Our colleagues give us ideas, inspiration, and support!
what you do with blog comments is great! not only your posts but everyone’s giving ideas and support! Loving it!
Thanks for sharing my staff love the new ideas I’m taking back to them !
I love it all.So inspirational . Tomorrow I am starting my training but I have already had lots of ideas from you all. Thanks!!
Art gallery! Brilliant
All of Patty’s ideas are inspiring!
The space feel friendly and welcoming. I like the organization and the assortment of writing materials. The area of writing center is one that I need t work on with my teachers. Thanks.
I love the art work in frames and not writing on the children’s art.
Thank you so much for sharing, I really like it!!!!
Looking forward to implement a few ideas from here.Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much!
Cannot wait to implement some of these new ideas. Simple but very efficient
Amazing ideas, very useful to start with our new year. Thank you so much for sharing.
Thank you for sharing this
I have just found this website and find it quite inspring.
I would like to see more on Kindergarten/Grade 1. This combined class is a challenge for sure. I can use the Pre-K ideas, but would love to see how this exploration can be used in early primary school years.
Thank you so much for sharing your ideas love the natural material you used
Thank you very much for sharing Patty’s classroom ideas for writing. ?? I really appreciate it.
I would also love to see more ideas for kindergarten/year 1 ?
Thanks for sharing, love all the ideas!
I am teaching a Prek class, love each of the ideas you share with us!
I love the ideas that were shared on both blog posts! One thing that I find helpful is a variety of objects to use for writing so that children can find something to use that they feel comfortable with. We have in our classroom a variety of writing objects but one that is a neat addition is small pencils (like the ones used at mini golf)!
At our school, we have a variety of writing tools in each space of the classroom. Dramatic Play has a sign-up sheet for our salon, we have colored pencils, oil pastels, and chalk in our “Paper Town” where the walls are covered in paper and there are boxes also covered. In our Message Area, we have almost everything, but my absolute favorites are the golf pencils! They are so great for their tiny little hands to build the strength that they need to write in the first place!
Thanks for Ideas.
I adore this writing space. I mean, How much more inviting can it be! And it really speaks to every kind of learner! loveeee!!
Thank you for sharing these lovely ideas for writing from Patty’s classroom.