ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Playful Learning: Creating a Writing Center (giveaway included)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Playful Learning: Creating a Writing Center (giveaway included)



Update: This giveaway is now closed. It was fun to see all of the excitement about Mariah's book and e course.  The winners below have been contacted regarding their gifts.  Thanks for your participation!



 Katie (book winner) comment  #49
 Cindy (e course) comment #45


Today we are thrilled to introduce you to Mariah Bruel, the author of Playful Learning: Develop Your Child's Sense of Wonder and Joy.  We are honored to be part of her blog tour.  She is a creative teacher and talented writer.  Find out more about Playful Learning by checking out her site.

Creating A Writing Center

It never ceases to amaze me how a well stocked, organized writing center, inspires spontaneous writing among young children. The goal is to create a space that invites a variety of impromptu writing experiences for your child. By having an area dedicated to providing writing tools, papers, and a place to work children can independently write lists, letters, stories, or books—building writing skills through authentic and engaging writing experiences.

Creating a writing area in your home or classroom does not need to be complicated or overwhelming. By simply leaving out a few interesting writing supplies  you can inspire the young writers in your life. Here is a helpful list of some fun materials you can add to your child's writing area...
  •       A variety of writing papers printed on colorful, playful paper (download the Nurturing Young Authors printables here
  •       Alphabet Chart
  •       Blank note cards and envelopes
  •       Sticky notes
  •       Blank books 
  •       Assortment of fun pens and pencils 
  •       Fine point permanent markers
  •       Fine point black markers
  •       Colored pencils
  •       Alphabet stickers
  •       Alphabet stamps
  •       Interesting hole and paper punches
  •       Tape
  •       Glue sticks
  •       Scissors
  •       Erasers
  •       Pencil Sharpener

One of my favorite ways to create interesting writing areas for children is to think "out of the box" when it comes to the storage, organization and display of the materials. I love it when I can re-purpose items I already have on hand. Below are some images of storage solutions that can be created by using everyday household items.

Magazine racks and file holders make great displays for a variety of writing papers.

If you have limited space, I recommend filling a utensil caddy with pens, pencils, and other interesting writing materials. Most caddies are big enough to hold blank cards and books as well. Simply place the caddy on your coffee table and watch the writing begin! Caddies are also great for moving from room to room or even outside when the inspiration strikes.


A wire fruit basket along with some buckets cab be used to house scissors, hole punches, tape, pens, pencils and glitter glue. Napkin holders also make great holders for blank cards, envelopes or list paper.


Hooks and buckets are an easy and inexpensive way to make use of open wall space above a table or desk.


Here are some more "out of the box" sources of inspiration...

GIVEAWAY

After spending time reading and re-reading my copy of Playful Learning I am especially excited to be joining Mariah this fall for her Playful Learning Spaces E-Course.  While taking the course I will be sharing brief tidbits here on ABC & 123 during our bi-weekly Show and Tell feature.  However, I would love for as many of you to join me as possible.    

Mariah, and her publisher Shambhla Publications, are offering 2 great resources as giveaways to you!  
~1FREE admission to the 6-week e-course (value $125)
~1 copy of the book 

Areyou  as excited as I am about either of these opportunities?  Please leave a comment here to be entered into the random drawing.  If you would specify whether you are interested in the book, the e-course, or both that would be helpful.  Comments will close on this giveaway on Tuesday, September 6th and the winner will be notified immediately.

If you are interested in reading more, here are other stops on the Playful Learning blog tour!

73 comments:

  1. I have been following along the whole blog tour, so YES I an very interested in both the book and the course. It has been great to come across lots of new blogs like yours on the tour too.

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  2. How neat! I would be interested in the book most! That way I have a visual to refer to!

    Thank you for sharing your blog and ideas with us!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  3. I have been following the tour hoping for a chance at this book (and the e-course would be even more awesome!). Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

    info4us at ymail(.) com

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  4. I'm definitely interested in both! They would both be valuable resources!

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  5. Of course both would be great, but if I had to pick just one, I'd choose the book.
    jlstan825 at hotmail dot com

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  6. Both please! A writing center is just what I need to set up, something fresh for my girls.

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  7. I love these ideas. I would love to win this to give my little one about to start JK the means to grow
    Angela
    nscrofan at rogers dot com

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  8. I am interested in both..great resources! :)

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  9. I would be so excited if I won. Both would be great, but the book would be my first choice. I love all of Mariah's ideas!

    erinb1 at aol dot com

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  10. I would love to win the book!

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  11. What a great giveaway!! I would love the book and to take the ecourse!

    stephanie(dot)nisbet(at)yahoo.com

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  12. What a great idea! Love this post. I'd totally love to win this giveaway. Either prize would be a dream come true! Thank you!

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  13. I love the fun ideas (and picture links) for a writing center. The books sounds awesome -- I'd love to own it!

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  14. The writing center sounds like a great idea! I think my daughter would love this.

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  15. I would be most interested in the book, although the e-course would be rad, too!

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  16. I am so excited about this giveaway! I have been anxious to get my hands on a copy of Playful Learning...I love the author's ideas and philosophy. So much good stuff here! The e-course looks amazing as well. We are moving this week, and we will, for the first time in 7 years, have a dedicated space for our home school. I'm itching to create an amazing space.
    daveandhope (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  17. I would love both! Thanks for a great post!

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  18. both wonderful options!

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  19. This book sounds great! I would love to participate and read the book! Thanks
    Andrea

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  20. Great post! I would love to win the book and the e-course seems fantastic! Thank you for the opportunity.

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  21. Love creative storage for writing things, but I can't see the pictures! Not sure why not. Anyway, I'd love a copy of the book or a spot in the e-course!

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  22. I have the book and love it... I have already been recommending it to friends! I would love to be entered for the ecourse.

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  23. Thank you for the opportunity. I've wanted to take the e-course since I saw it on her blog. And the book, well, it's on my wish list too. Please, please pick me...I have my fingers and toes crossed.

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  24. Another new fan here, I've been following the "tour" through all its stops. I would LOVE to win a either the class or the book -- so much to learn either way!

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  25. I would love to win the class. I have the book and thoroughly enjoyed reading through it.

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  26. What a great giveaway! I am very interested, particularly in the book, as I don't think I have the time to take the course at the moment.

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  27. I already have the book and love it! I'd love to win the space in the e-course. Thanks!

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  28. YES I'm so excited and hoping to win the book and the free course online!

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  29. I would LOVE to win these prizes as I'm currently creating a playspace for my children.

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  30. I would love to win the book! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  31. I would love to add the book to our collection of resources. I have taken this particular e-course and really enjoyed it!

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  32. I am so excited about this book! I would love to win either, but probably the e-course most of all :)

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  33. Both! Love all this info!!!

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  34. Oh wow! Both the course and book sound fab. Probably book be best as able to refer to with other children, but both sound fab. Count me in. thanks! Very inspiring! xx

    jessinboots(at)hotmail(dot)com

    thank you!

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  35. Wow! What a great giveaway! I am interested in both, but if I could only have the book that would be awesome! :)

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  36. I'm so intrigued by the book and the e-course. Thanks!

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  37. Mariah has been such an inspiration to me through her website/blog! I'd love to win a copy of her book and a spot in her course would be beyond exciting too!
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    ~ joey ~

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  38. I would love to win the book. I just finished creating a writing center for my daughter so I was excited to read this post. Check it out: http://aleaciah.blogspot.com/2011/08/make-something-monday-writing-center.html
    ~Aleacia

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  39. I would love both! I think it would be great to have the learning experience as well as the fantastic resource!
    alklong at hotmail dot com

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  40. I have just discovered this book and your blog. I'm quite excited by it all and the lovely and practical ways I could transform spaces in our house for my three young boys. I would love to win the book!

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  41. I have just ordered the book from the Book Depository. I am waiting longingly by my mailbox for it! I would love to participate in the ecourse. It is definitely on my list of things to do. Thanks for this great giveaway.

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  42. I just finished the book and it's absolutely inspiring. Would love to get the chance of getting a spot in the ecourse.

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  43. I would LOVE to participate in Mariah's ecourse! Thanks!

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  44. Wow, this is all so great! I am interested both in the e-course and the book. Keep up the wonderful work, ladies!!! <3

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  45. i would love to be entered for both, thank you!
    jen

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  46. A writing center is next on my to-do list!

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  47. I am interested in the book!

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  48. This book looks wonderful and the e-course would be such a good resource as well!

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  49. i'd be interested in the book

    asheardy@yahoo.com

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  50. What great ideas! I would love to have the book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  51. Would love to have the book! OR the Ecourse!

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  52. I have the beginnings of a writing area, but it's also coupled with all of our art. When she gets older (she's 2) we'll plan on doing more. I'm definitely interested in both the e-course and the book. Thanks. : )

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  53. I would love to win the book! Holding thumbs!

    Georgia
    :)

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  54. Messy + disorganized mom with 2 kids in elementary school would LOVE this!!! Thanks for a chance for the giveaway!

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  55. Oh I would LOVE LOVE to be a aprt of this course! I bought the book and it was so wonderful! I would love more to take the course and really go depper in to the enviroment prep! Thanks for offering it!

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  56. I would be most interested in the book. The e-course would be good too.
    bette@polkabean.com

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  57. This looks wonderful! I'd love to have something like this == off to read more!

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  58. I am interested in both the book and course! I have 2 preschoolers (well one will be home in November from China) and I have 3 elementary aged kiddos.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  59. Would love an opportunity to win both. What great resources these would be. A writing center--and a creative one---is essential to bring back writers in this day of technology.

    mpuryear(at)cfl(dot)rr(dot)com

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  60. Since I have a crazy schedule now, I would love a copy of the book.

    liveyourart (at) mac (dot) com

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  61. The e-course would be fun!

    ettafi(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. I would love to enter either one! This would be great since we are in our first year of home schooling and I am constantly looking for ideas for my girls!

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  63. I am also interested in the book giveaway -- from everything people have been saying, it looks terrific!

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  64. both would be great. I'm just starting to home school my pre-schooler.
    sarah979c(at)gmail (dot)com

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  65. Ooooh I would love the course and the book!! I am teaching Pre-K for the first time this year and LOVE it!! I really believe the book and course would help me implement some new fabulous ideas into my centers!!

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  66. Both the book and the class sound great. I'm inspired to set up a writing center right away!
    Marisaharder at gmail dot com

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  67. I am a preschool inclusion teacher and am always looking for new ways to profoundly touch children lives. I am very interested on the e-course and book!!!!

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  68. I am a preschool inclusion teacher and am always looking for new ways to profoundly touch children's lives. I am very interested in having a copy of the book and or taking the e-course!

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  69. Beautiful, inspiring ideas! I'd love to win the book :)

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  70. I would love both - I'm a big fan of Playful Learning and would love to learn as much as I can. Thanks!

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