In this edition of the Our Play Space series the spotlight shines brightly on a fabulous writing space for children that I know you’ll love. Enjoy!
A Child’s Writing Space
Where is this playful space? Victoria, Australia
Tell us a little about the people who play in this space
This was specifically designed for our daughter, Cammy, who was four when we constructed the space. She is wildly creative, and she has always shown such a keen interest in writing and stories. Now that her active younger brother, Ike, is walking he often pulls up a chair and joins her for brief moments throughout the day, watching his sister in awe or making some marks on the paper himself.
What are you and your children’s favourite elements within the space?
Personally I love that this space is functional, beautiful and easy to maintain. Cammy loves the independence she has been given to use the writing materials anytime and in any way that she chooses. I’m sure one day she will be able to write a book titled ‘101 Uses for Paperclips’. I also have to keep a close eye on the postage stamps. While Cammy mainly uses this space for writing and creating wonderful works of art, the bureau is utilised in much of her imaginative play. It has been a teacher’s desk, a doctor’s reception, an airport customs counter and a post office.
How does this space reflect your beliefs about how children play and/or learn?
Spending our days together as a family is incredibly important to us, which is why Cammy’s writing station is located in our family’s open living space. Just like reading, I believe children should be given opportunities to write on a daily basis. This inviting space gives Cammy the opportunity to write daily without tasks being dictated by me. Her writing experiences are child-driven and inspired but they are also helping her to build a beautiful foundation and relationship with writing.
Find more details about how Jackie created Cammy and Ike’s writing space here.
Jackie is an experienced classroom teacher. Currently on family leave, she spends each day in the company of her two enthusiastic children. Jackie manages My Little Bookcase, an online resource that aims to model and provide parents and educators with fun and positive ways to engage their children in literacy-building activities. She is also an educational consultant for Story Box Library, an online reading room showcasing Australian literature. For more inspiration, connect with Jackie via Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.
Be sure to check out the previous posts in the Our Play Space series for more playful inspiration for your home or early learning centre.