Originally Posted by Gunter
lately, i have been thinking a lot about this, too.
Nicole at Frontier Dreams has a post about their creative space as a Waldorf inspired family.
I would love to hear and see more examples of how people are doing this (as an area of homeschooling for me) especially from a Waldorf perspective. right now, all of the crafty type stuff is on top of the shelves in our playroom. the playdough is in the kitchen. some art stuff is in the office (DH works from home and I have a crafty space) for the girls. But, i'd like it to be more centrally located/in one place and i would like it to be more accessible to all of us so we do more with it. Hope that makes sense. TIA!
Great link! Thanks for sharing!
Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but I feel that Waldorf and Montessori are very similar hen it comes to the space in itself. Where they differ is the approach and the "doing" aspect. As long as the space is kept clean, organized, and accessible, you really can't go wrong here.
We're in the process of moving to a larger space, and I didn't take any photos of our space sans-children before packing up, but our creative space has a large surface at child height, and flat files [shallow drawers] underneath containing different sorts of objects. A space for large sheets of white paper, a space for origami paper, a space for natural objects for crafting [small stones, sticks, leaves, etc], and a space for various materials like cardboard, newspaper, cut off scraps, etc.
Our art table is accessible from all sides, and all tools are placed on a nearby shelf in mason jars. We keep oil pastels, chalk pastels, soy crayon rocks, colored pencils, and graphite pencils and charcoal pencils are in the same jar. This shelf is at the height where even the two year olds can reach, and the shelf above can be reached by the older 3s and 4 year olds and on that shelf we have all of the glue, paste, scissors, watercolors, tempera. Aprons are hung on the sides of the supply shelf, and in our preschool they are optional.
We choose to sort by medium versus color because we are somewhat minimalist in our approach and do not provide excess. Once the green has run out, we replace with one new green pastel, etc.