We arrived one year ago in Chile and Luka finally has a work space that I think will work for him. A couple of months back we made this DIY desk for Luka in my office. It was super simple. We bought a piece of melamine (i think that is what you call it) at the local hardware store and mounted it with extra long shelf brackets...add an $8 plastic stool that matches mommy's office and....viola. He was thrilled to have his own work space and would use it often, but it didn't have a lot of structure.
We kept his readers in his bookcase in his room, his spelling words in his homework folder, library books in a canvas bag on a hook next to his book bag...everything had its place but it was all over the house. Lately Luka has lacked focus when it comes to completing tasks. I think it is the age, but since I also have challenges in this area I wanted to come up with something that would help him. I know I like to have everything organized and visually it has to have order before I can dive in and start working.
Another thing that prompted me to come up with this "activity shelf" is the constant obsession with the tablet, iPad, iPhone and all things electronic. I know the apple doesn't fall far from the tree (I mean JJ and I have to work on this as well...seriously need to work on it) but I really wanted to give Luka a space with activities and choices that didn't involve electronics. Lately I always heard, "Mom, I have nothing to do" or "I NEED to use an electronic" or "I am bored." Oh, it was driving me crazy.
So this shelf was born. The most important thing about this activity shelf/homework station is that Luka sat with me to come up with the components and he made the labels. My little man took ownership of this project. Man, I love that he loves labels! I don't think there isn't anything I wouldn't label. He got so into the project...that's my boy!
So this is what we have on the shelf:
1. Learning Basket - Here we keep his library books, reading list for school, dry erase handwriting board, completed worksheets we do that week or anything else we can come up with at home, such as practice spelling tests, writing sentences, etc.
2. Math Games Tin - For now we have dominoes in this bin. I will change it up next week. But we will always keep a "math" activity in this one.
3. Books to Read - This wire basket holds all his Reader Books that are appropriate to his current reading level. He needs to read one of these books or his library books once a day.
4. Spelling Word Cup - This week Luka came home with this first list of spelling words. His teacher sends home these mini-flash cards
Here is a close-up of Luka's fabulous labels! I love to see things in his writing...he does too.
Here is our "Learning Basket" which is the name I came up with, but it really means "anything else that doesn't have its own bin."
There is Luka hard at work.
Sorry for the bad quality pics, but it was dark and I took them with my phone. It was right before bed time and didn't have time to get the DSLR out.
By the way Sam totally got into the project and he sat at my desk on an activity sheet I gave him. Once he was done he put his completed work in the basket along with Luka's...now I need to come up with a desk for him...but my office is teeny tiny. Let's see if I can work a little miracle....