Thursday, February 28, 2013

Homeschool Workspace

I bought this old school desk about a year ago (I can see how long ago it was, my baby still had unchipped front teeth, poor girl!) for the kids to use as a homeschool work space. Not that it's the only space they use to learn at all, just that I wanted something that was the right size, particularly for the bigger one to be comfortable for writing and drawing.

I noticed that they didn't really use the built in storage except to put more and more things in, any stationery or materials stored inside to get used weren't being used at all, so we put it all out where it can be seen. There is pens, pencils, textas, scissors, tape, glue, all kinds of paper, paints and brushes,ink and stamps, and all sorts of collage stuff all within view to encourage their use and it seems to work well.

The boy is not as frequent a visitor as his sister to the desk, but he does do some writing and drawing on it, even if he doesn't sit on it the way I imagined he would! (That is a "Disc O Sit" he is sitting on which is really good for kids who find it difficult to sit still.)

It has been really good for the girl, she often sits and creates things there, art and making things is quite calming for her, one of her very favourite things to do.

And very occasionally, they will sit at the desk together and even more occasionally, it won't end in tears! The smaller one can't usually keep to her own work and that really doesn't end well!

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