Writing Center for a Friend

Writing Center for a Friend...
A close friend asked if I would be willing to help her create a writing area for her six-year-old daughter. We had a great time creating a space with the intent of inspiring spontaneous writing for authentic purposes. We also did a bit of reorganizing so that her daughter’s toys were more readily accessible, which helps to foster independence.

While working as both a teacher and administrator, I was profoundly aware of how the physical environment shapes the behavior of children. The same is true for the home environment as well. It is amazing how a well-stocked, organized writing center, subtly encourages young children to write. I am happy to report that this 6-year-old came home and got right to work making cards and writing letters to loved ones.

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We printed labels and covered them with clear contact paper so that the toys were easily identifiable and accessible. Photos and words help to foster independence and create a print-rich environment for emergent readers.




With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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