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Thank you God for everything happens in our life. In the middle of Indonesian currency exchange crisis we still can build a new classroom above our garage. After saving money for a long time, we can have a couple of rooms for our learning purpose, the drum room and the classroom. We just moved to our closed classroom last Friday, 6 September 2013. We feel like it is in heaven after 2 years learning in open area surrounded by people passing by here and there. LOL
- We feel more private so that we can concentrate well. I can see that kids can do their work pretty faster and better in that they look more patient.
- it is much more comfortable as it is air conditioned. Usually we learnt in an open area with high humidity so that we got sweaty a lot.
- we can see outdoor area with the green trees freshen the eyes.
Our classroom hasn't been perfectly arranged and equipped as there are some scattered things. Moreover, kids are still adjusting with the new place arrangement. However, we are very grateful and we are going to take care of this issue soon. This is how our classroom look like from outside:
The kids individual area is covered with louvered windows. We open it in the morning until 10 o'clock when it starts to be hot. Guess where is the door? 🙂 Here is the door which is quite complicated to detect:
Here are some parts of the room:
When I open the door, on my right is our glass cupboard storing our lab equipment:
- microscope with the slides and lenses
- digital microscope
- thermometer (Celsius scaled, Fahrenheit scaled, and empty scaled)
- compass (small and floating)
- magnifying glass
- iron powder
- bar magnets
- some glass and measurement beakers warp by newspaper and stored in a box
- tiny anatomy of human body model
- pipette and spatula
- insect observer
It is just small equipment that we collect from our saving.
Next to the lab cupboard is my working station. I use my old macbook pro for my daily computing. Since the hard disk capacity is not enough anymore, I bought a 3 Terra external hard disk connected to store and back up my data. My macbook is connected into a laser printer, an inject printer, and the external hard disk through Apotop PyraHub3 – USB 3.0 Combo Card Reader (3H07). This hub works very well with my macbook. My paper drawers are next to the laser printer as you can see in the picture, so I can access them easily.
Our PC, HP Pavilion Slimline S5220F Black Desktop PC (Windows 7 Home Premium), and its equipments are set next to my working station. Kids usually use this PC to do their computer work. Do you see the set cable underneath? It ‘s quite complicated to arrange so many kinds of cable which are connected through 1 plug on the wall using UPS.
The room is divided into two as it was, the group area and the individual area, by our bookshelf facing to the window. We use the back of the bookshelf as our “inbox” and stationery corner. The single workbox is our inbox. All of finished and unfinished works have their own storage in the drawers. It also keeps stock of pencils, rulers, and erasers. The small blue trolley keeps our stock of inks, ducktapes, stamps, perforators, and paper trimmer.
Our board is still laying on the floor. I need to mount it on the wall, but still find time to buy the nails. It has each of student's timetable and weekly assignments.
We might buy bigger one to keep our calendar as well. Here each kid has their own personalised time table and weekly assignment. Ken's time table hasn't been put yet.
Here is the bookshelf that separates the group area with the individual area. It holds our references inside and some equipments on top.
- My hanging folders contain printed materials distributed based on the subjects and day. They stay on the corner close with the wall.
- Next to the hanging folders is our arts box that keep the crayons, stencil rulers, kinds of glue, water color, paintbrush, B series pencils for drawing, and compasses.
- I still keep our Montessori phonic cards next to the arts box, but I think I would lend them to my sister.
Here is the group table where we do our group lessons such as science, social studies, and bible. In the middle of the table are some colorful markers, scissors, glue, board marker, and cutter. We put our sharpener and tissue roll. We need them for lapbooking and notebooking mainly. There is usually a standing calendar here.
We put our whiteboard in the corner to take a note some points in our reading and some copywork. We open the window until 10 AM in the morning to get the fresh air inside. Next to the big table is the locker where kids put each of their books.
Beside the locker there are kids' individual working station. We don't use workbox for Jim, the schooled one.
Well, that is our new classroom in a glance. Of course we would like to change things here and there. We really hope that using this new room will make us love learning and working better.
Adelien Tan is a mother of three awesome boys and a wife of a great husband. They are a home education family who live in Surabaya, Indonesia, where home education is still very rare. English is her foreign language, but She tries to use it in blogging.