Setting Up Centers in My Home

“Centers” are easier for us.  I set up 5-8 “centers” 3-5 times a week to let the kids rotate through. At least one of these “centers” is next to mom to work on fine motor handwriting.  They include things like play dough, a light table, mirror work, a mini trampoline , pattern blocks, coloring, sticker pages, scooter board running, pegs, and the list goes on!  We are like a mini therapy center here with the EIGHT hours of therapists we entertain each week.  If it is a therapeutic device designed for under age three and costs less than $45, we probably have a version of it!

Here’s a few pictures of the centers we have set up so far:

Need to get some of the energy out!

Need to get some of the energy out!

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A favorite center around here!  The kids will be so excited when the neighborhood grows!  Our PT is bringing us another play house.

A favorite center around here! The kids will be so excited when the neighborhood grows! Our PT is bringing us another play house.

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This kit is fun!!!!

This kit is fun!!!!

 

 

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Tracing her letters

Tracing her letters

Build it and then write

Build it and then write

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He LOVES to play in the play house. :D  He will be a good dad, one day!

He LOVES to play in the play house. 😀 He will be a good dad, one day!

This is how I’ve organized my centers. I am using the “scrapbook” organization boxes because they are easy to stack and semi-clear for easy viewing.  I place each center into each of these boxes (assuming it will fit).

 

They are so easy to use! LOVE the deal I got them for too!

They are so easy to use! LOVE the deal I got them for too!

I am planning to have boxes geared towards therapy days and non therapy days.  Mondays and Wednesdays, we have 2 full hours of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy simultaneously. This consumes a BIG chunk of time from 8:30-10:30 AM.

Another approach I am thinking of trying: Subject boxes for when we only have a few minutes here and there.
I can set up a handwriting or a reading box in a Target shoe box type of box. These are more child friendly and they could be a bit more independent.

My goals this semester are:


Phonics recognition to beginning to read
Phonetic sound awareness
Letter Identification
Independent copy writing
Independent letter copy work
Letter formation
Single digit addition
Oral counting to 50
Number writing to 20
Grouping in groups up to 10
Learn to listen for details in a story and recite those details
Learn to draw a picture and tell some facts about it
Start a 50 states study with the colonies in the forefront

Keeping the above goals in mind, we should have a great semester!  Below are some fun therapy pics from our house! Hope you enjoy!

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 Do you use centers in your home?  Tell me how you differ in setting them up.

Venus JonesVenus is a veteran homeschool mom to 9, the youngest 6 of which she’s adopted.  She has been homeschooling for 13 yrs.  She recently started a new blog called Mommy Bear Blog and would love for you to follow her journey there.

Comments

  1. I love using centers, especially with the younger ones. It helps us form a routine and loose structure for our school day, as we move from center to another. I’m a hands-on kind of a mom too. Most of my kids learn best that way!

    • Venus Jones says:

      Centers has really helped my special needs kids explore and get one on one. It is a great teaching tool for order and structure, but not too much like boot camp. I see our family using centers well into upper elementary because it fits their work style so well!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. And this is exactly why I love to soak up wisdom and ideas from veterans like you…..THIS IS WONDERFUL! Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Venus Jones says:

      I am thankful the posts offers encouragement to other moms!
      Remember to do it how your family works BEST! This is just what works here!
      Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

  3. Wow! That’s pretty neat. I actually had not thought of setting up centers in our homeschool. I also hadn’t thought of getting a mini trampoline (for the many times when my boys need to get some energy out). Thanks for this post!

    Charli

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