Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Our Beloved Atelier: Inventory

 Second-Hand Steal

The beloved atelier: an art studio in a wooden box!
After oogling over homeschool studio's, roadside wardrobe's which families had turned into art cabinets and Martha Stewart's overpriced "Craft Hutch", we found a second-hand steal with our Wooden Atelier; a beautiful place to store a growing collection of supplies for exploration.
Clever Hubby outfitted the interior with some plank shelving and custom boxes for mason jar bits.

Thanks to Tinkerlab, An Everyday Story, Soule Mama and the likes, who post their favourite supplies on their blogs, I'm following suit. The majority of items can be collected from around your home or yard.
 Grab-It Drawer

Everyday Supplies
Tape (scotch, painters, masking, packing, double-sided, Washi)
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks 
Scissors
Measuring Tape
Rulers 
Stapler
Magnifying Glass
Lino Print Tool Kit
Wood Burner
Emotion Rocks https://mamadrool.blogspot.ca/2012/06/emotion-rocks.html
Cookie Cutters
Beeswax
Clay
Flashlights
Loose Parts Baskets
Glass Pebbles
Rocks, Minerals & Geodes
Shells
Acorns
Waldorf
Scoops
Clothespegs
People
 Main Hub

Fabric & Scraps
Felt
Cotton
Aprons (hanging on door)
Paper Supplies
Paper (construction, origami, tissue, crepe, velum, scratch pads, transparency, lamination)
Paper Cutter
Lino Tiles
Mason Jars & Busy Bags 
Busy Bags https://mamadrool.blogspot.ca/search?q=busy+bags (priceless grab bags!)
International Money
Flags of the world
Coloured Salt & Rice Jars
Parachute
Dominoes
Sewing Supplies (pins, needles, embroidery thread, bias tape)
Art Bits (feathers, googly eyes, beads, ribbon, stamps, oil pastels, chalk, pipe cleaners, wood sticks, corks,)

Lower Hub

Fabric Toys
Finger Puppets
Doctors Bag
Yarn (including Knitting Towers http://www.bynature.ca/wooden-knitting-spool-for-kids.html, roving wool)
Play Food
Wooden Toys
Tinker Tool Kit (washers, magnets, nuts & bolts, lock & keys, peg board, hammer, wooden blocks)
Art Manniquins
Scale
Abacus
Wash boards
Forest Diorama
Scrabble 
Bamboo Steamers
Science
Chemistry Jars
Binoculars

We incorporate the items above into our daily lessons.
For less structured days, we simply grab an item and begin the hard work of play and ingenuity!

The reason I'm so in love with our collection?

It's chocked full of tools for open-ended play, which is one of the main reasons that we have chosen home learning over classroom teaching.
There is an immense amount of freedom to follow your interests and learning takes place without expectation of specific results. Less pressure=learning enjoyed.
Plus the teacher and student roles are undefined on any given day, which recognizes that all ages are still in a state of learning.

EXPAND ON TINKERING/HOME LEARNING
Let Tinkerbell Tinker http://craftsmanship.net/let-tinkerbell-tinker/

Why I don't want my kids to be early readers http://www.mothering.com/articles/dont-want-kids-early-readers/


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