A writing place

Published by Lori Pickert on August 30, 2007 at 03:08 AM


As the twig is bent, so grows the tree. Or so the saying goes.

We want to encourage reading, writing, and drawing as daily activities, so we purposefully have several spaces that are very inviting for curling up with a book, drawing a picture, or writing a letter. (Or, this week, drawing a comic book.)

In preschool and Kindergarten classrooms (and sometimes, if you're lucky, older grades), there are usually "writing centers". Sometimes these areas are a bit school-ish (institutional) and perhaps big enough for several children.

A great writing space is big enough for two children to work side-by-side, so you can work with a sibling or a friend. You can use a thrift-store or garage-sale desk or table and stock it with all the things you would find in a regular desk: stationery, envelopes, stamps (blank labels cut into squares can be decorated by the sender), address book, etc. We like old-fashioned rubber stamps. And writing isn't only about mail -- we always offer small handmade books with decorative covers (the easiest of these are just folded and stapled copy paper), clipboards for taking surveys and doing pretend office work, and etc.

Even the smallest space can fit in a tiny corner for a desk that will beckon to children to sit down and write a letter, a poem, a book .. or a comic book. And small spaces are nice, even when you have a lot of space to work with. There’s nothing like a cozy nook to draw children in, whether it’s a single floor cushion half hidden behind a curtain for reading or a tiny desk with cubbies stuffed full of found papers and office supplies for writing.

soulemama's corner of my home: his desk

geninne's studio/homeschool

israel's desk

little birds' new drawing corner

maisie's desk

syko's drawing corner

duchamp blinks' desk


Comment by sonya on August 19, 2009 at 01:51 AM

I just have to comment because today I am working on my first grader's "school" area for homeschooling this year...I was just searching for some inspiration & found nothing!
so thanks to ohdeedoh for sending me here & thanks to you for sharing!

Comment by molly on January 12, 2010 at 01:42 AM

oh, my. i found this pic once before, and have just stumbled over it again, thanks to wisecraft. it is beyond lovely, and has sparked a new gusher of resolve in me for my three little ones in the new year. i've been pondering a science/craft/exploration table, and i do think this might be the nudge i need. so lovely. thank you.

Comment by Lori Pickert on January 12, 2010 at 03:06 AM

thank you, sonya! i’m sorry i missed your comment before and didn’t thank you earlier! :^)

molly, thank you so much! :^)

Comment by Sarah H. on August 30, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Wow, that "writing center" looks very professional! Seems like a great environment for learning the arts--something neglected in a lot of schools today.

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