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  • Playful Learning Spaces: 11 Inspiring Writing Centers

    Inspiring Writing CentersPhoto by Montessori ici

    The Playful Learning Spaces eCourse has really taken on a life of its own. I have had the pleasure of working with many extraordinary mothers, teachers, and caregivers from all over the world, creating spaces for the children in our lives. Each session has become its own online haven of support, encouragement, and inspiration for the participants involved.

    It is for this reason that I decided to bring all of the participants (past, present, & future) into one password protected, community-centered, Playful Learning Spaces website. This means, when you register for the Playful Learning Spaces eCourse, you become part of an ever-expanding community of creative people who are working towards a common goal. The content for this course is available to you indefinitely, so you can work through the material at your own pace and return to it again and again as the need rises. You will also have the opportunity to meet, interact, support, and learn from all of the other amazing participants.

    To that end, I thought it would be nice to share some of the incredible writing spaces that have been created by participants of the Playful Learning Spaces eCourse. I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with such creative and dedicated people.

    Mail CenterPhoto by Sew Liberated

    Mail CenterPhoto by Weelife

    Writing Center 1Photo by Lessons Learnt Journal

    Writing SuppliesPhoto by Love Them Madly

    Writing CenterPhoto by Couer Deux

    Pegboard Writing CenterPhoto by Home is Where My Story Begins

    Mail StationPhoto by Pink and Green Mama

    Writing DeskPhoto by Growing Up

    Writing BoxPhoto by A Bit of This a Bit of That

    Writing CenterPhoto by The Adventures of Bear

    A warm thank you goes out to everyone who generously allowed me to post their photos here!


    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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    1. These are really inspiring – I always thought a writing space would be needed once my children were old enough to be writing properly but I see now that with pre-writing skills, drawing and creating they need a space to call their own for this purpose. Now just got to find somewhere to create it in our own home.

      1. Yes! It is so fun to set up inviting spaces to encourage those early writing skills. It can really set the stage for a love of writing…

    2. These are all great! I just set up a table in our dining room and without realizing it it has the makings of being a writing space for my little ones. Thanks for the inspiration!

    3. I’m so pleased to have stopped in and looked around your wonderful site… I first heard about Playful Learning over at Sew Liberated, and after seeing the writing centres recently, I promptly requested your book from my local library here in New Zealand.  So inspiring, and perfect timing – we are moving to a new home in a few weeks and I can’t wait to plan some purposeful spaces for my two small people.  Thank you!

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