Time for rediscovery.
In our family, we spend lots and lots of time at home. None of us take any classes (not that I'm necessarily opposed, just that mostly I/we think... well--we can (and do) do that at home! : )
Naturally, we don't have any particular place assigned for learning, but rather it happens wherever, whenever, and however it will.
But as we have lots of tools and materials, we do keep them as organized and accessible as possible.
And since we're about to move from living outside to living inside, it's time to get everything all shined up and ready for play.
First I give you the rumpus room. Here's where many of our things live when they're not on the patio tables outside, in the cabinet in the livingroom, or on the shelves off of the kitchen. Or on the floor somewhere. :) (For full inventory -sans newer stuff- if you're curious, visit this post of last year... I listed or linked just about everything.)
On the left is the art and craft bookcase, with science stuff on the bottom two shelves.
The middle bookcase with the human torso on it holds our science stuff.
The case on the right holds mathematical things.
Art and craft shelves (with science at the bottom)
The shelves on the left hold zoobs, lacing cards and large beads, gears, zoomorphs,
lincoln logs, Knex...
the one on the right holds our musical things.
Around to the next corner is our case with games, and all of our costumes, puppets,
and things for dress-up play.
These are the shelves off the kitchen.
This started because we always had something growing at the end of the kitchen counter... needed a spot for "current happenings". :)
The shelves hold lots of art supplies, some library books, the microscope sometimes...
and anything that is being utilized at the moment.
Right now we have the tangrams, our lovely (and beloved) geoboard,
Othello, Sudoku (and Nim), Mancala, Maddie's reading books, the Cuisenaire rods,
and our pattern blocks and game boards.
(very, very light right now - they've just been cleaned and cleared out.)
In the den we have five floor-to-ceiling bookcases full of books (mostly mama's novels, literature and non-fiction, the children's books and junior non-fiction are mostly in their bedrooms), with two shelves that hold books that are either on the radar, something I need to check out, or things we've been thinking of.
(Again, shifting shelves are fine, fine things!)
Kimberley pencil-watercolors, my set of Prismacolor pencils, sharpies, chalk pastels,
the nicest oil pastels, charcoal pencils...)
Then we have our artbooks and posable humans, then Trevelyn's shelf for computer play, and Maddie's computer shelf (software, earphones, calculator, etc).
All ready for play.
All ready for play.