It’s raining. And yes, that song is running on my head. “Raindrops and roses, and whiskers on kittens…” from the hit musical/movie, Sound of Music ( which by the way is coming soon to Manila. )
And yes, I had a chance to create a favorite list when I visited a big Japan City Store ( related to the Daiso/ Japan Home chain of Php 66-88 stores) in The Festival Mall in Alabang. Well, let me clarify this list further, it is my homeschooler’s favorite list.
Check it out!
- Two Side Dry Erase Board
One side is for free drawing, writing, doodling and even computing Math problems.
My middle schooler still likes his Dry Erase Board. For practice lettering when he was younger, to computing math problems: This has become a staple in our last 15 years of homeschooling. Now, it has become a reminder board when I have leave stuff for my homeschoolers to do. For smaller illustrations when I teach, this comes in handy. For 4 children, I used to have a giant white board !
2. Pack of Balloons
Whether for a Science experiment or DIY balloons for a birthday party, this pack will always come in handy. You may even use it for Art!
3. Orange Cones
You can use this in setting up an obstacle course, or a target for ball play like tennis or soccer. It may be guides for a winding path for running or biking. These will come in handy for mini relays at home!
4. Lots of Magnets
For Science, of course! But you may also use this for Art in making DIY refrigerator magnets.
5. Colorful Clipboards
Outdoor activities may require recording or drawing observations. You may decide to do Art in the park, and sketch a tree in the garden, or have some worksheets for field trips. A clipboard will always be useful.
6. A Roll of Drawing Paper!
Paper offers limitless possibilities. A roll of paper literally expands what can be done ! You could even make a DIY easel and use it. You may use it to cover a young child’s table so he can draw away anytime! Using stamp art, or doodling, your child can turn this paper into a his own signature gift wrapper!
7. Stickers, Reward Stickers
Every teacher loves her stickers. Enough is said. No, I have to say something! Haha. I am now using my planner – ala scrapbook and so I need stickers, more stickers ( said to the tune of the Count in Sesame Street).
8. Color Coded Pencil and Supplies Box for Multilevel Homeschoolers
These boxes can hold a good number of supplies of various shapes: pencils,rulers, markers, scissors, glue stick, eraser.
9. Garden Tools/Accessories
10. A Box for Everything and Everything in its Box.
Organization is key in every classroom ! It is more doable to use reasonably priced bins to keep all you supplies in your classroom. Label if necessary!
I hope you find these available in the branches near you! You can always take a trip to Alabang, and let’s meet for coffee???
P. S It would have been ideal to have 10 Favorite Things so I am adding my 11th as a P.S. Hehe…. Did you know that P.S comes from the Latin word post scriptum which means “written after”?
Loose Practice Sheets
Long written texts may be easier for those with developing writing skills when they use a wider piece of paper vs a very narrow notebook. Again, the font size here is bigger than standard level 3 writing notebooks from local books store. What I used to do with these loose sheets is put them under our students’ drawings so they can also write about them, I then paste their written work in a “landscape” format under copy paper or even use A3 size paper. These sheets are also perfect for portfolio material because you can punch holes in them or slip them in clear files or page projectors if using a 3 hole binder ( Japan Home also has those binders and 3 holed page protectors, they got it all, like SM!)
So there. I close with the 1st stanza of the song ” My Favorite Things”, as I wrap this up on a rainy evening.
“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things”
Genesis 9: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.