Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Our Learning Space

I have been asked how I store and organise our learning materials and how I keep some type of order among our chaos. Well, here is our learning space. This is no "pinterest" learning room because, let's be honest, they give an unrealistic expectation of what a learning room is like. What you will see is a real life, on-a-budget, working, functional home learning room. I have no tips, no magical way of keeping our space tidy or clean however our learning space is consistently changing to suit the growing and learning needs of our children.
 
We have two tables that we have joined together for our children to work on. We have placed them in the lightest part of the room so there is antiquate lighting for them to see what they are doing.These desks are used for experiments, writing, drawing and giving my children ownership of their learning space. Every part of the walls around the desks are filled with posters that focus on words.
Under each desk we have a set of plastic draws. These draws are great storage for writing books, paper, stickers, writing items (pencils, textures, crayons) and any other type of writing or drawing materials we use on a daily bases.
This small bookshelf holds our preschool learning boxes which is located right near the learning tables. Each box is filled with learning resources that are based on early learning concepts such as colours, shapes, numbers, alphabet/letters, fine motor and nursery rhymes/fairy tales. This encourages my daughters to direct their learning and choose what activities they what to do. It also gives them the opportunity to learn how to put away their things when they have finished playing/learning.
Our white board is one of the most used resources we have. This board is double sided so we can write and draw on both sides. I have found the white board as helped with my son being a visual learner. I have a large plastic box on the bottom of the white board to store more learning resources. These resources are organised into topic folders so they are easily accessed but keeps my youngest child from destroying (trust me, she does) our resources.
 
This large bookshelf is right near my children's desk so we use it to hold resources that we use daily. We have some small plastic draws that we use to hold scissors, staplers, sticky-tape and other stationary supplies that are not safe for my little people. The upper shelves are stacked with literacy and maths  books. The lower shelves have reading books that my youngest children use.
We are so blessed to have some much space to be able to work in. We have a very large carpeted floor space that we use daily for playing games and toys  and playing with lego. We also have a couch, a wood toy box (that stores our train set in) and another bookshelf FULL of book that has not made it in the photo.
We use this 16square shelf for storage of toys and learning games. I store the board games on top to keep away from little hands that need supervision, while we have wooden blocks, puzzles and puppets in plastic boxes down the bottom.By having an open shelf rather then a closed cupboard, it helps my children select their own activities (more independence) as well as being able to put their own toys away. 
This is the 'reader' bookshelf. We have used small baskets and recycled old plastic icecream containers to sort books into 'levels'. The idea of this was to encourage independent reading as well as allow my son to choose his own reader for the day. The bottom shelf  has audio books that use either CD or cassette tape (I know, old, old, old!) and encourage independent reading. These audio books have come in handy on days when I've been unwell as my children can still have stories read to them. This bookshelf has worked amazingly well to support independent and self-directed reading.
 
Here is our art/crafts cupboard. This cheap, double door, easy to child-lock, cupboard is in our dinning room. This area is completely tiled making it easier to clean up the learning mess from play dough, paint, craft items and glue. This cupboard was absolutely necessary and one of the best items we have purchased to help with keeping things somewhat organised.

Even if you've got nothing out of this post other then taking a peek into our home, then I hope I've been able to give you a REAL picture of what a learning space looks like. Whether your learning space is, large or small, make it your own by decorating with your children's paintings and artwork giving them ownership of their learning space.



6 comments:

  1. Thanks so much! What a great space! So bright and fun! Katherine

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    1. You're most welcome Katherine! I can easily say that our learning space is never this tidy for very long!

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  2. Thank you for sharing these pics, it's always great to take a peak into learning spaces :-)

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  3. Wow~!! I loved every second of looking at your school spaces. Just loved it.

    Deborah
    The Paper Maid

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