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A Writing Area
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With this activity, you’ll be learning how to create a writing center. A writing center is an area in your home set up specifically where children can write. A Writing Area
What We Learn
Engage kids in drawing and writing activities every day
Model how you use writing every day
Make writing fun
Supply List
Table
Chairs
Wine box
Butcher paper or newspaper
Sheets of paper, envelopes, blank forms, pens, pencils, markers…
How-To
First, identify a permanent space in your home in which to set up the writing area. All you need is a table and a couple of chairs for the children. If you need to protect the table from getting marked, you can place down newspaper or butcher paper.

Next, find a box in which you can store different paper items. A wine box placed on its side works really great because it has cardboard pieces which creates many compartments for different types of papers. Wrap your wine box with butcher paper or newspaper. Then place your various sheets of paper, envelopes and blank forms inside the compartments of the box.

Finally, cut a strip of paper and write the alphabet on the strip. Place the strip in the center of the table. Your alphabet sign should be written in correct standard form, with upper and lower case letters. Children will use this sign in order to practice how to write their own letters.

Finally, allow children to use the writing center throughout the day, whenever they feel like writing. Remember, there shouldn’t be a designated time in which children are forced to write. Writing should be an interest that children develop on their own so that it doesn’t become a chore.

If a child has motor disabilities, make sure to use materials that will help them with their fine motor skills, like fat crayons and pencils. For some children with delays, they’re still engaging in producing symbols. Because writing is an open-ended activity, most children will be able to scribble or draw in their own way, no matter what their level of development.
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