It is challenging to have writing activities that are realistic and yet differentiated in kindergarten. This is an idea I came up with for next year (not a new idea, but new materials to make the idea very easy for you!) Each month, there is a page for writing to kindergarten pen pals. I tried to use some holidays and other fun celebrations since kindergarten tends to be more about "themes" and fun! The "letters" start very easy and then gets harder as the months go by. You can differentiate this by allowing some students to draw more pictures and beginning sounds and then others are expected to write sentences. As the year goes on, the format moves to more writing and even guides them in a friendly letter. At the end of the year and maybe even in the middle, I plan on meeting up with our pen pals. The students will be very excited to complete a page each month...and you (hopefully) won't be pulling your hair out during writing time. :) Enjoy!