Saturday, 31 January 2009
And along the top, my collection of inspirational books. As the inscription on the Willow Tree figurine says, Open Books, Open Minds.
Next, is the puzzle area. The children's names will be on that blue pocket chart next week, and behind the chart are all the reading resources.
Home corner. Oh my gosh - adorable! The dress-up trolley needs some more clothes, but Mum is onto that. She's at our place with Jack today, and she's ironing the dress-ups for me. Thanks Mum!
The art trolley. Love the look of drawing implements - colour, lines! In the bottom right hand corner is a bowl of glass writing stones. If you know a child with a funny pencil grip, get some of these stones (Bunnings, about $5). The child chooses one and holds it in the palm of their hand, just with the last two fingers. This leaves the other three fingers free to hold a crayon/pencil/texta. Works every tme!
Transport for the construction area. (Those trucks were FILTHY from finger prints at the beginning of the day. Eww!) The green baskets were donated from Bunnings. Very handy!
How much would I love for these blocks to be put away like this at the end of every day? Kindy kids just can't do it, but this year I'm going to put this photo above the shelf and ask them to copy it. Let's see if that works!
Computer corner and drawing table. These days the kids swarm around the computer! I totally get it.
Fishing - the perfect ice-breaking game, and one that draws in the dads.
There are three more rods, but, at the moment they are tangled!
The mandatory playdough table. Great for encouraging conversation, because the children need to share tools. Also, therapeutic, for those who like textures.
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
I got some photo albums from Kmart, and filled them up with photos of Tasmania.
- P.S. I Love You: good, but the movie was better.
- A Small Part of History: pioneers on the Oregon trail, wow, what they put up with!
- And Midnight is a Lonely Place - a gripping thriller, but bit of an anti-climax at the end.
I've just finished this book too.
View from the street.
The master bedroom, with bed going under the high window.
Three windows on the wall closest to the street.
To the right, Paul's wardrobe space, to the left, Emma's. Loving this!
Khayla and Rhys's bedroom.
The bathroom and toilet between the bedrooms.
View from the fridge recess of the huge kitchen, dining, living area, out to the alfresco.
From left to right, bench space, pantry, wall oven, fridge recess.
View of same room from the other end.
Laundry: that whole wall there is for built-in cupboards. Good thinking!
A few more months and I'll show you the end results. Can't wait!
Double garage: bigger than this picture shows.