This is my pet project lately, and, I have to say, I've had so much fun putting this space together for my young writer.
When it comes to learning activities I'm a big believer in development by design. In other words, if there is something you want your child to learn, try to designate a thoughtful little spot for it in your home.
I think an orderly and enticing space for writing can inspire children to assemble their tools and gather their thoughts. With this in mind I cleaned up an old chicken coop we had in the basement (it had been holding tools, not chickens -- I promise that no animals were left coop-less in the name of writing) to create our new Writer's Workshop.
I filled each cubby with the writing-related tools and activities that are a good match with what Jack is doing right now. I know some of the activities will change as his skills develop, and others will grow right along with him.
Here's a peek into some of the cubbies:
I can give a detailed tour of all of the different activities, along with some simple how-tos, if you are interested. Let me know.
A little set up goes a long way. Jack has taken a shine to this area already, and the "Writer's Workshop" name really appeals to him. Now the next time he's ready to hatch a big idea, we'll know exactly where to find him.