Writing Centre

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Playful Learning

Learning Goals: Literacy, Emergent Writing, Communication, Expression


  • Students write letters, make cards, create stories, or any other form of expression to communicate their ideas on paper at the Writing Centre.

  • Writing can take many different forms. Children can use drawing, symbols, and inventive spelling to write and communicate their ideas.

  • Placing the writing centre near classroom resources, such as a word wall or alphabet chart, will help facilitate children’s writing.

  • Educators can engage with children in the writing centre to support and extend children’s writing development.

Suggested Resource(s):

  • Paper

  • Coloured paper

  • Lined paper

  • Variety of writing instruments (pencils, markers, etc.)

  • Display examples of student work

  • Writing resources (e.g. name cards, sight word wall, alphabet strip, etc.)

Why is it Playful Learning?

  • The educator created the learning centre with a specific goal in mind; to write letters.

  • Within this centre, the children decided what to write and how they would use the materials while the educator interacted with the children to support and extend their writing.

We are the Play Learning Lab, run by Dr. Angela Pyle at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto.



Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study

45 Walmer Road, Room 320
Toronto, ON M5R 2X2

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