Study Spaces

Just a quick post today as I log off the screen and into life -(Thanks Sunny Mummy!)
Off to Ikea this morning in an attempt to get the house a little more organised before school and kindy starts next week!!
So if you have some time this weekend how about transforming or creating a space in your house for learning!!


When you look closely, it is a simple white desk, but what makes it gorgeous is the way in which it  has been “accessorised” so beautifully.  
I know this from Pottery Barn Kids but I would LOVE a space like this!





 Pottery Barn Kids
This idea had may so excited that I once again attempted to find out how I could get in Australia.
Alas…not a chance the postage would be astronomical.
It is basically a lazy susan for the study!  



Ok so it’s more Pottery Barn but they are just so amazing!  This is my idea of a study for “My Pigeon Pair” one day we could convert the playroom.  I love that you would be able to see the kids instead of having a desk in their room.  Check out the pinboards behind the desks! What a simple but effective idea to help organise your week!  LOVE LOVE the giant pencil!

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This is a simple and stylish idea that you could do in a study or playroom.
Painted MDF numbers or you could even use letters!



Small space? You need IKEA!
I am seriously thinking of trying the containers on the rod idea!
It would keep those crayons and pencils out of reach of Little Miss A’s Artistic hands!

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Hmmm…I wonder how hard this would be for me, the man of the house, to make!
What an adorable reading/storage space!


Can’t afford to transform the whole space?
How about a refresh of the decor?

Bright Star Kids


Something for the smaller kids!  
Chalkboard dots that you can stick onto your playroom walls!




But my pick of the day is…..



Love this Personalised Alphabet Print
from
scissors paper rock designs
An easy effective way to brighten up a study space is with a unique print.
This personalised design, is from Clare at Scissor Paper Rock Designs.
It would make a great first day of school gift!
Clare should know..she is also a teacher!


In case you don’t have the time for room makeovers this weekend….
you can drool or dream over these play spaces…..

casasugar

Not sure if this one is for the kids benefit or for the adults!

twiningdesign.com

Every boys dream!

Luxury Ideas

One for Master O!  


What would your dream study space look like?





Works for me Wednesday – Keeping it R.E.A.L

The reality has finally hit.  Today is my last day before school goes back.  My thoughts are now forced away (even if just for a few moments) from home and holidays and back into teacher mode.  It is exciting to think about the year ahead and what this class of eager students will be like.  As eager as they are, I am sure there will be many nerves amongst parents as they leave their child for the first time at “big school”.  Once the term has settled and we are into our daily routines,  the question I am asked most as a teacher is what can I do to help my child at home.  Naturally this would usually come with a long winded, personalised to the child and situation answer, but really the simple answer is……
keep it R.E.A.L
R is for READING  
Reading is THE most valuable gift you can give to your child.  Read every day,  every thing, everyone needs to read! –  Reading is so much more than stories!  Don’t restrict yourself to reading the old faithful bedtime story.  From an early age it is important for children to realise that print carries meaning.  The words on a stop sign mean that the car has to stop here.  The print on a menu tells me what I can choose to eat.  The print in the phonebook helps me find someone to come and fix the fridge.  The print on the street signs tell me where I live.  The print on shop signage tells me what the shop is called.  PRINT IS EVERYWHERE!  
Let your child look at the menu at the cafe while you read out the options.   Read out the recipe while you are cooking.  Let them play with books and role play reading! 
E is for ENGAGE
Engage your child in everything you do.   Invaluable learning skills can be gained and reinforced doing the most everyday tasks!  
Whilst doing the groceries talk about what you are doing. 
Can they choose 4 red apples for you?  (colour, counting) 
Older children could choose the cereal that is the best value for money (comparison between size and cost) 
Whilst your cooking dinner? If I cut this tomato down the middle I will now have two halves.(fractions)  
Could you write on the shopping list, milk? (writing,phonics)  
Let your children gain independence, social and communication skills, by doing things that you would normally do.  Let them talk to the checkout operator and handle the money.  Let them ask the post office for a stamp and put the letter in the mailbox.  Engaging in the every day not only lets your child acquire invaluable life long skills but can help end whinging! Once they are school age,  ENGAGE in your child’s education. Year after year it amazes me the direct correlation between parents that you never see at school or show no interest in what their child is doing and underachieving or misbehaving students.
A is for APPLAUD AND APPRECIATE
Your child is an individual with talents that need to be appreciated and applauded.  You are the primary teacher of confidence and self esteem.  Don’t dwell on the negatives, appreciate your child’s talents and applaud their effort regardless of the otucome.  It is amazing to see a child’s confidence soar with a bit of appreciation and encouragement.
L is for LOVE, LAUGH and LEARN together.  
A teacher can teach your child to love learning but it is your job to LOVE your child.  Teach them to laugh.  Laugh when times are tough or you make a mistake. Keep it in perspective, maybe the fact that little Billy only wants to play in home corner seems like a big deal now, but you WILL be laughing about this on his 16th Birthday. Seeing you relaxed and laughing at the situation helps your child do the same.  Being able to “laugh it off” helps teach your child resilience and self coping skills.  LEARNING IS FUN.  Try not to battle over it! Let your child know that learning is a life long process.  Even you don’t know everything (even if you think you do!)
Learning is something we can not deny.  It happens every day wether we are aware of it or not.  By keeping it R.E.A.L as parents, we can create confident, enthusiastic learners who will have a love of learning for life.