Saturday, August 22, 2009

Homeschool Centers



Since starting on the Sue Patrick's Workbox System adventure, I also decided to get more organized and to set up "centers". I don't have the room to set up table centers, but I do have room to set up a center on 1 counter in our kitchen and another at a small table in the family room. I decided to rework 2 messy school shelves (1 shown above), and make them "center" centers! I used cheap washtubs from the dollar store ($1 each for all my storage needs!) and set up tubs. Just pull the tub of choice and set it up in an available spot. The 2 thin turquoise tubs hold file folder games and ringbooks. I am not finished yet, but here is the list of things in them or going to be in them. Yes, that is a MOTH schedule on the bulletin board. Happy Homeschooling!

Math Center
· Magnetic numbers and math symbols
· Math puzzles
· Clocks
· Rulers
· Compass and protractor
· Measuring spoons and cups
· Thermometer
· Flashcards
· Ringbooks
· Grid paper
· Hundreds chart
· Scale
· Weights
· Counters
· Geoboard and rubberbands
· Pattern blocks
· Tangrams
· Dice
· Calculator

Science Center
· Science puzzles
· Hourglass
· Microscope and slides
· Small pitcher
· Plastic bottles
· Magnets
· Magnifying glass
· Prism
· Measuring cups and spoons
· Beakers and flasks
· Scale
· Hotplate
· Droppers
· Tweezers
· Bug jar
· Aquarium
· Thermometer
· Seeds
· Soil
· Sand and Gravel
· One Small Square books by Donald Silver
· Periodic Table Guide
· Book-Food and Nutrition for Every Kid
· Book-DK Ultimate Visual Dictionary of Science
· Related books/video/resources

History Center
· Maps
· Globe
· U.S. Presidents flashcards
· Timeline
· Paper dolls
· The Constitution of the U.S. pocket guide
· A Child’s History of the World
· God and Government-Vol. 1, 2, & 3
· The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
· The Timetables of History
· World map puzzle
· U.S. map puzzle
· Travel brochures
· Related books/videos/resources

Phonics Center
· Magnetic Letters
· HWT Stamp and See Screen
· HWT Alphabet Dough Cards and Tray
· HWT Dough
· HWT Wood pieces for capital letters
· HWT Capital letter cards
· HWT Foam mat
· HWT Small chalkboard and chalk
· Build a Word Wooden Puzzles
· Lap Computers
· Leapfrog items
· Wipe-off books
· Ringbooks
· Flashcards

Reading Center
· CD/Tape Player and headphones
· Books on Tape/CD
· Lantern
· Leapfrog items
· Books
· Magazines
· Newspapers
· Comic books
· Victory Drill Book
· Graded readers

Language Arts Center
· Dictionary
· Thesaurus
· Notebook paper
· Pencils/pens
· Envelopes
· Crossword books
· Word search books
· Tapestry of Grace Writing Aids
· Rummy Roots Vocabulary Cards
· Madlibs

Creativity Center
· Homemade dough
· Construction paper
· White paper
· Yarn
· Watercolors
· Chalk
· Paperdolls
· Art kits
· Glue
· Glitter
· Scissors
· Stencils
· Tempera paint
· Pipe cleaners
· Tissue paper
· Beads
· Colored noodles/rice
· Whiteboards and markers
· Coloring books
· Crayons
· Colored pencils
· Art aprons

Construction Center
· Legos
· Duplos
· Wood blocks
· Tree blocks
· K’Nex
· Lincoln Logs
· Tinker Toys
· Wooden trains
· Matchbox cars
· Small people
· Small animals
· Lacing activities

Puzzle Center
· Puzzles-all shapes and sizes!

6 comments:

  1. Looks like so much fun! Blessings!

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  2. Look at you! You have been busy!! I LOVE IT! I am actually planning on posting on our "centers" soon. :) GREAT JOB!

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  3. So I see this is from the beginning of last year. How did it go. I have been wanting to do something like this, moved recently and have more room....but all my stuff is such a mess. I feel like I have a plan. Please share what you learned if you get a chance. Crissy jarmon

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  4. Crissy, it has been working great! The only downside is having open tubs like that leave it open to little hands. I have to straighten everything in the mornings...it isn't hard or time consuming, but that would be the downside. The upside is that when the children are working on a certain subject, they have a tub they can set beside them with reference material and equipment at hand. It has cut down on the "searching" we have needed to do.

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  5. Thank you for listing all of your center ideas! I am setting up our workboxes for this fall. I got the book and started the system half way through last year. My oldest was kindergarten and I did it on the cheap and simple and just set out work on the floor along the wall with 'stickies' numbering it all above. LOL! It worked well as I didn't have a toddler or baby to get in to it. this year I have the shelves and boxes and will laminate all the numbers and cards, etc. I will have a kinder and a 1st grader this fall and I'm thinking this will help so much in keeping us all on track! Thanks again.

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