My students absolutely love the writing center. I probably have over 15 options for them to choose from when they go there now. These options were slowly introduced throughout the year so that they know exactly what to do with each activity. By now they are experts at all of them! I have to say that their favorite activity is writing letters. I have stationary, post cards, writing paper, envelopes, and play stamps there for them to use. They write letters to each other all the time...and one student even wrote a letter to President Obama asking if he could have a play-date haha.
Last week I introduced another writing activity to them and added it into their center....the students are loving it. I gathered a bunch of brochures
and I let the children look through them. Then, they can choose a place that they really want to go and write about it! They are so cute! Here are some examples:
"I want to go to Kennedy Space Center. It is really far. I had a really fun time. It is also really cool."
"I want to go to Busch Gardens. It has dolphins."
"I want to go to the Theater of the Sea because I want to go swimming with dolphins."
"I want to go to the world's largest McDonalds. I can eat there. I can bowl. I can play there."
I want them to start looking closer at the brochures and use more details in their writing about the place they choose, but I thought this was a good start :) I also have some other options in my Writing Center pack where they can use their brochures to write!
Now, I may need to get together with some of my blog friends out there and trade brochures!! My students would love ones from other states!! :)