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Saturday, July 25, 2009

I've Been Thrifting

Yesterday and today, I went to Value Village. I rarely buy anything new anymore when it comes to our classroom. I try to look on Craigslist - which I really did not like at first and I go to the thrift shops or Ebay. Also, the library sells books for 25 cents each, so sometimes we get some really good stuff.

David Suzuki


Atlas


This time I tried not to go overboard just because things were cheap. I made a list and devised a plan and for the most part I found what I needed. This was not on the list but how could I leave this behind? MashaALLAH.

Ka'ba clock $3.99

My toddler is the biggest challenge to our homeschool day, so I've been searching blogs and Google for ideas. I think the best thing that I can do with her is set up a makeshift Montessori-style area. I found a bookcase that is perfect for her size on Craigslist for $10.

Bought for $10


I also purchased a bundle of wooden baskets from Value Village so that her activities can be placed on the shelves and hopefully they will be eye-catching and inviting. I got plenty of ideas from Montessori Materials.

Baskets

These baskets are good for sensory materials like these Scrabble tiles. I might make a simple chart of the alphabet and have her match the letters. Rubber stamps of the alphabet would be good too. Anything hands-on that introduces her to learning is valuable, InshaALLAH.

Scrabble Letters

Since my mother-in-law was visiting, we took another quick trip today and got some more books. If you buy four, the fifth one is free!

More Books

To make room for the books, I moved the puzzles and games up on top of the bookshelf and I'm putting some of the books for younger ages on the bookshelf for my younger daughter.

Classroom

Then, I had to make room for the little bits of this and that from outside.

Classroom

Nature Walk Contents

6 comments:

Eva said...

MashaAllah, I really want to get a shelf too where I'd be able to put activities for my daughter :) I also LOVE going to the thrift stores for getting school supplies.

Nakia said...

Wa 'alaikum as salaam Eva,

I could have stayed in there all day. There was a desk that I wanted badly - but where would I put it? ;)

Husband said "not to self: do not take wife when shopping. I was only going for one book!"

Sketched Soul said...

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sister Nakia,

Hope all is well at your end. Reading your posts makes me wish you taught me school..haha :D

Just letting you know, you have been awarded.. erm, with a tag.. lol.. don't ask me how that works.. but check out my blog :D

Love Farhana

Umm Tafari said...

As salaam alaikum,

So, you are a book junkie too, masha Allah. Another thing we have in common@

Nakia said...

Wa 'alaikum as salaam wa RahmatuLLAHI wa Barakatuhu

Farhana, InshaALLAH all is well with you and your family.


Yikes! A tag, lol. Okay, I'm no good at them but I'll check it out, InshaALLAH.


Take care,
wa salaam,
Nakia

Nakia said...

Wa 'alaikum salaam Umm Tafari,

LOL, yes, a book junkie. When I moved to Canada, I left all of my books at my mom's house and had to start over. Now my husband is not willing to share the bookshelves, lol.