How do you organize your learning/play space?

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How do you organize your learning/play space?

Postby papooses » Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:06 pm

We have so many books (equal to 1/2 of all we own, LOL) -- I've donated a bunch of the more "babyish" board books as well as some of my less interesting text books (I don't like to sell them back because I continue to referrence them).... Some of Leila's books are handed down from my childhood, her 1 dozen cousins + her 2 half siblings *WHEW* They're organized in a way that allows them to fit on the shelves easily with those for her age range at her reach, but I'm thinking of reorganizing them by topic instead. I'm going to try using our collection of canvas bags for those we'll use most -- to make it easier to bring them along with us where ever we go.

The house is up for sale, though, so I can't exactly recreate every room into a fun house for learning as I'd like (our last house had a play room with magnetic chalk board painted walls & both miss it!) We're cramped for space as far as the creative outlet indoors + we've got to keep the majority of the house looking "show worthy" @@ I keep getting hints of ideas for how to set things up so that we can easily access anything we would like for any given activity, but then I lose the mental image -- any ideas???

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Postby momo3boys » Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:31 am

As for the books, I've found that storing them and changing them once a month works really well. That way the sheer number of them isn't so overwhelming, and you can have your child help pick them out, it will be like Christmas once a month.

Those storage drawers are great for the other stuff. Label the drawers with pictures and words, Paper, coloring, Science, ..... that way you are helping her reading and language skills too.

Hope this helps.
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Postby StellarStory » Fri May 04, 2007 6:04 pm

We have a lot of books but in the past few decades I've tried hard not to buy as many unless it's for home school and reference. I try never to buy a book the library system has unless we need it more often than we could comfortably check out and renew.

That's helped a great deal. Once a year I clean out their rooms of all clutter. After the school year ends I remove most of the curriculum stuff out and carry it to the basement keeping only what I know we will use next year upstairs.

They each have a desk and a bookshelf for those things they want to keep close to them.

I try to go as paperless as I can during the year. A great deal is kept on computer.


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