For those of you who have been reading this blog over the years, you know that I am a big fan of writing centers. Whether they are in the home or a school, they play an essential role in a child’s writing development.
Over the years I have created a variety of different areas that encourage children to write spontaneously for authentic purposes. When I opened the shop, I was determined to include a writing center in the studio so that children and parents could have unlimited access to inviting and interesting writing materials. Through the process of trying to design the ideal writing center, I tried a number of different organizational tools, such as magazine racks, file holders, you name it.
After three failed attempts (sagging papers, inaccessible materials, etc.), I decided to go with pegboard and customized accessories for the specific materials I wanted to make available. It was a long yet worthwhile process. The writing papers are readily accessible and visible, the art supplies are kept in buckets and can easily be removed for use, and everything an aspiring writer needs can be stored in one convenient place.
The picture above is of a writing center I installed for a lovely family in their craft room, which was located in a charming barn! Below is the version you will find in the shop. I wish you could all come and see it in person…