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Letter Writing Center for Kids Accomplished

May 19, 2011

I didn’t go overboard. I collected just the essentials for now. I hope as they write more I will be able to better discern their needs. Aside from the obvious supplies… I needed to take into account a small demo force called my 15 month old daughter and 18 month old nephew. With them in mind the supplies are pushed back and not too flashy..nothing which hints at come hither to the diapered ones. At the same time I want everything to be approachable to everyone else. Perhaps in the future I could get a clear peg board like the woman here has… but I don’t know how asthetically pleasing that would be in the learning room.
You can’t even imagine the oohs and ahhs I heard as they came through the room. Honestly I think it’s all about the sharp pencils and jar of erasers. They all started to circle the area…. I heard them one by one go and report back to other kids playing Legos upstairs….”she added a jar of erasers. Momma wondered who chewed on the end of the white eraser. I told her I didn’t do it”
Then another one, “She made me sharpen a whole box of pencils and she put those in a jar too!”
“I think she is making a new desk ….or maybe something else…but she put a bunny on the paper.”
A quiet pause that I could only imagine was 3-5 kids exchanging crazy-mom looks to one another. They came down as a herd after the bunny comment. As I explained the concept to them they were all thrilled.
They were all really drawn to it even the kids who can’t write just
I did include some letter stickers from Target which I had laying around ,wooden scrabble tiles and Compassion International booklets. Everything else was run of the mill. Obviously anyone could duplicate this in their own home to inspire their own children to write stories or letters to family. I think just having it all together and ready is the key to making this work.
As I was sitting back enjoying my accomplishment my oldest son Cal, walked in, “Done taking pictures momma? My packet came today. Can I use this now?”. Now this kid is stellar at math…but he has little interest in writing and for him to be excited to sit down and write his letter… mission accomplished!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. emily m. permalink
    November 7, 2011 9:29 am

    I think I’ll put this together in our “school” room. My girls love to write letters and they are always stealing stealthily into my stash of supplies, how liberating for them and me to have everything free fro the writing:)
    Thanks for the great idea!

    • November 7, 2011 9:49 am

      as you learn what they need more of… it’s really easy to springboard and tailor it to their needs.

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