Saturday, 29 January 2011

Learning mats.

A really useful little item which was just coming in as my teaching years ended was the learning mat.  I've never seen any in use in schools, nor heard of them, but they are great for homeschooling, especially if you move from seat to seat, room to room, house to house or are travelling.  I like to have lots of useful info on the walls and windows so my girls can find what they need easily (e.g. which way round to write a 7!), but wall and window space is limited, especially when we move out of the conservatory and into the main house for the winter.  Here are some pictures of our learning mats:





I made them on word, printed each side then laminated it, but you could print onto paper and put it into a plastic document wallet or print onto card.  Looking back, I would make some subtle changes if I ever re-make them, like starting the number line at 0! 
I'm sure you can think of other great ideas for learning mats - maybe one specific to a subject you are studying e.g. Ancient Egypt or Reptiles, or older children could even make their own!
If you would like me to email you a word document of the learning mat which you can then tailor to your own needs then please leave a comment below with your email address and I will very happily do so.