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How to Foster a Love of Writing in Your Kids

I can’t seem to get away from all things literary this week (see here and here), so I’m just gonna go with it.  When I was in 5th grade, I was selected to participate in a program called “Young Authors” in which I had about a week to write and illustrate a book.  Once I was done, I got to skip an entire day of school to attend special writing workshops at a local community college.  The experience left me extremely enthusiastic about reading and writing – a feeling I would love to instill in my own children.


To that end, one of my goals is to eventually set up a writing center at home.  Lucky for me, Mariah over at Playful Learning is somewhat of an expert on how to do just that.  If you’re also looking to promote creative writing at home, be sure to check out this post for lots of great tips on creating an area to, in Mariah’s words, “encourage children to write spontaneously for authentic purposes”.  Read on for more writing center help and a giveaway.


For guidance on how to use our shiny new writing center, I think I’ll turn to the write start.  This hot-off-the-press book gives parents tips on how to “develop a love for writing that lasts a lifetime”.  The author provides 52 activities, each broken down into specific age-ranges, and covers everything from first handing your toddler a pencil to writing rituals for middle schoolers.  She’s even giving away two signed copies of the book here (contest ends January 9th).


…and speaking of giveaways, be sure to come back on Monday for MPMK’s very first giveaway in celebration of its 1 week birthday!


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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Mozi Esme January 9, 2011 at 4:33 am

Very cool center! I want to make one for my daughter – sans scissors, since she’s taken way too many creative liberties with them lately…


Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com January 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Oh boy, we haven’t ventured into scissor territory yet… I can only imagine!


Marie January 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm

What a cool idea! I think I’m going to try this — with one child already writing and the other getting started this would be a great way to encourage them both. Thanks!


elizabeth January 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Ooh, I love this!!


Anonymous January 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm

my daughter is constantly writting “books”, and letters and notes and such..this center will be great for her..thanks for the helpful hints and ideas. can’t wait to put it together!!!


Jana May 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm

What a great idea! Thank you SO much for sharing! My son is about to finish kindergarten and I’m always looking for fun ways to encourage writing. Setting up a station like this will make all his supplies SUPER accessible. Check out my blog for some of the fun ways I’ve encouraged my 5 year old to read, write, as well develop math skills and learn about the world around us.


Anonymous March 10, 2012 at 1:49 am

Love this idea. I would like to use it in my 2nd grade classroom, but I am trying to find holders for the paper and supplies that will work with the peg board. Ideas?


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