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A designated writing center in your home not only invites your kids to write and create, it provides a space to corral all the writing supplies so they’re handy and available whenever the muse (or the assignment!) strikes. Large or small, a writing center is just one feature of your homeschooling space. Below, I’ve gathered ideas for writing centers from Pinterest that fit every home, whether you have a sprawling schoolroom or no room to spare.
1. Over-the-Door Pocket Writing Center
Handy yet space-saving, a see-through shoe organizer that hangs on the back of a door makes a great place to stash writing supplies. Some, like this one, have a couple of larger pockets to accommodate paper too. I love how A Bowl Full of Lemons has organized this vinyl organizer.
2. Writing Center in a Bag
My friend Maureen at Spell Outloud organizes writing supplies in a portable tote. This Organizing Utility Tote from Thirty-One Gifts, is sturdy enough to hold teacher’s manuals, paper, and folders. Side pockets hold pens, pencils, and more. If you’re using WriteShop Junior Book D or Book E, this is a fabulous way to keep everything you need at the ready.
3. Writing Center for Primary Ages
Here are tons of ideas that especially cater to young writers in kindergarten to third grade. You’ll find storage solutions of all kinds along with ideas for stocking your writing center with brainstorming and writing supplies, reference books, and creative publishing tools.
4. High School Writing Center
When your kids enter high school, they’ll trade fancy paper and markers for slightly more sophisticated writing tools. Here’s a list of supplies you may want to consider for your teen’s writing center.
5. Writing Nook
A tabletop (or similar surface) paired with rolling storage work together to create a writing, notebooking, and lapbooking center. This one is part of a larger schoolroom that took over the family dining room, but it can also find a home in any available corner of your home.
6. Mobile or Dedicated Writing Center Ideas
If you’re not sure what sort of writing center will work for you, check out this post. You’ll find suggestions for establishing and stocking both permanent and portable centers, along with ideas for younger children and teens.
SPECIALTY WRITING CENTERS
You might want to create a specialty writing center! Whether it’s a little cubby for your preschooler’s writing supplies, a super-portable tin or box that takes up no room at all, or a temporary writing center devoted to a special area of study, one of these ideas may be just the ticket.
1. Mini Writing Center in a Box
Fill a tin or small box with paper, stationery, envelopes, stickers, and writing tools that your younger children can call their own, such as this one:
2. Subject-Specific Writing Station
Here’s a brilliant idea! Create a temporary writing center dedicated to a topic you’re going to be studying for several weeks or a month. This birds writing station invites children to explore and write about birds. It includes writing prompt cards, bird fact cards, bird booklets, and bird-themed lined paper. You could make similar writing stations devoted to sharks, flowers, Japan—whatever! What are you studying about? The possibilities are endless.
3. Portable LEGO Story Folder
Do you have a LEGO lover? Boys can be prone to reluctance when it comes to writing, but this LEGO-themed writing folder may turn his crank! It may not be a traditional “writing center,” but because it’s slim and portable, he can take elements for his stories wherever he goes! As an added bonus, you’ll find printable LEGO story pages here too.
- Here’s a tabletop writing-center idea from Inner Child Learning.
- A rolling cart makes a great writing center.
- Unplug Your Family uses a bookshelf for a writing center.
- Here’s how to create a preschool writing center.
- This writing box for kids is filled with inspiration!
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