Friday, 20 March 2015

Homeschool Room For Kindergartener and Preschooler

Some quick updates for March 2015.
It is an evolving process since I enjoy organizing so much.
I will post updates on the playroom and outdoor classroom later.

 Because lovely Hubs stole my "grass" carpet for the living room, I've had no choice
but to use this ELC alphabet tiles because the others were too small.
Initially they looked haphazardly cheerful, like this.

Last night, I rearranged them.
So. Much. Better.
Why didn't I do this earlier??!?
I've replaced the doors on the lowest levels of the bookshelves to reduce clutter.
And I've also removed the dangerous metal door handles and replaced them with some 
DIY pipe cleaners and XL pony beads.
So much nicer and child-friendly.
Those are currently the kids' treasure cupboards. One each. No fighting.

This week's Toy-centered Learning:
Playset from Enfagrow milk powder.
There was a broken toy car for Tiger to take apart but it's missing now :p
Some big machines books and his fav Usborne Look Inside Cars.

Inspired by this Toobs set.

In the study room itself, the biggest challenge was delineating the 'zones' for my kids 
to reduce friction. The two aren't exactly best friends right now.
And the room is really tiny.

 Dragon Girl's Baby School Area is mostly to the left of the room.
Their artwork are proudly displayed no matter how, erm, creative they look.
The trays are created with a late 2 year old in mind.
Nothing advanced for her like what I did with Tiger. 

Left (top to bottom)
1. Peep Inside Zoo with miniature animals for matching
2. Two-to-three pieces animal puzzle
3. Froebel J1 for sorting.

1. Magnetic puzzle
2. Sponges for threading
3. M&D stacking blocks

1. Clock
2. M&D letter stamping with ink pad
3. Our construction sensory bin

The creative area. 
This is mostly used by Dragon girl only.
The cart can be rolled off to gain access to the materials behind it.
Occasionally, Tiger tries to be artistic too :)

Tiger's kindergarten skills area
Math area

English and Chinese reading area

Music and science area

A 'secret' writing area that's placed higher up to hide our sand tray from Dragon :)

Last but not least, their small little games area just outside the study.
The marble run is surprisingly very, very popular and well used.
I've placed more board games on the bookshelves since they seem to enjoy those now.

Alright, that's all for now, folks. I am grateful to have the resources to teach my children in a loving, protected environment. I cannot imagine doing anything else in my evenings. Have a wonderful weekend!

PS: Just leave a comment if you are curious about the materials/toys used. If I do not reply here, please pm me on Facebook.

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