Children will naturally want to begin to write as a form of communication and need robust Fine Motor practice to become writers. (See the section on Fine Motor work for ideas of activities that strengthen children’s hands.) But children must have places to gather materials for writing and spaces to hunker down with writing activities, both spontaneously and intentionally. There should be an area of your classroom that has a writing shelf with a variety of writing materials (see our list of materials in the slideshow). There are lots of ways to set up a Writing Center - it depends on what furniture you have and what your space is like. It should be functional and materials easily accessible. Materials should rotate every few weeks depending on what children are studying about and what new challenges they are ready for. You may want to have separate shelves for Fine Motor, Writing activities, and Phonological and Phonemic Awareness activities or combine in some way.