My biggest project lately has been to switch the 'play area' in the basement into more of a preschool learning environment. We've decided to keep our girl home this fall/winter(she's 3.5) , so I thought a somewhat structured environment for learning/exploring would be in order. BTW, I'll also be home with her baby brother, so that should prove to be an INTERESTING mix!
Here's what I've come up with...again, mostly garage sale and thrift store finds. This is a small corner area in the back of our basement (no door).
Leaving 'imaginative play' market in place, I just reorganized, added and labled stations for learning. The station signs were free downloads (just search 'preschool station signs') and print/laminate/hang.
A bookshelf and Lego table with building blocks underneath.
Sorting activities, lacing cards and stringing beads.
Mostly Dollar Store or thrift store stuff. My plan is to add/rotate new activities every couple of weeks.
Workbooks, school literature books and magazines sorted.
Phonics/ABC's area on the ledge.
This is The Geo Safari system we found at a thrift store! It's awesome (although a bit old school). You can find them on Ebay ( a pic from Ebay below). We LOVE this thing. We have cards for Phonics, Science, Math, Concepts, Bible and many more...got it all for $12.
Thrift store phonics game, homemade phonics box (click here to see how we made it).
Here's a simple basket we made using a dishtowel, cards and wooden letters (Dollar Store stuff).
Music and movement area in front of mirror with a basket full of instruments.
We have a CD player/radio with different music selections on the ledge above.
Independent reading/quiet time area.
Science... we are using a thrift store play workbench for this center.
Random science/practical life stuff under the bench.
Puzzles and math area
Pegs, counting games, number cards and puzzles..oh boy!
Since this area doesn't have a door, I'm a bit worried that it will turn into a 'free for all' and be hard to keep in order (like the playroom was). I'll just hire an off-duty officer to keep it in check.
I have also decided to do the FIAR (Five in a Row) program with her as we can, the rest will be as time and energy levels permit!