What is an Individual Learning Station?
The Individual Learning Station is a space where a child can learn by herself. This is a very important step in the learning process because we aim to raise children who will value themselves and their opinions. When a child learns to understand a concept by themselves, her ability to trust herself and her instincts grows.
|Inexpensive learning mats for the learning stations|
- An unrolled mat on the floor signifies individual space and no child is allowed to enter that space (or step on the mat) while another child (or group of children are using a specific mat)
- The children must unroll the mats by themselves when they want to/need to use them and must learn to roll the mats and put them away when they are finished (you will need to prepare a separate lesson on how to use and care for the learning mats) --This concept is similar to the Montessori mat.
How it Works
So, first the child gets a rolled mat from storage (box or basket) and chooses a spot on the floor. The children will be taught about Mat Etiquette and learn to use the mats before they can use any of the learning stations. This will be an important lesson because they will use the same mat etiquette throughout their learning in the Flood Garden model. Then, the child gathers the learning materials they need to use and places them on the mat.
|Counting Wheel and Numbered Clothes Peg Box|
|Math Wheel activity completed|
|Counting Tray and Numbers 1-6|
|Counting Tray and Numbers 7-10|
|More complex math concepts using the counting tray|
- a small box of beads, stones or seeds (it is more beautiful if they have great colors but it is not important)
- numbered cards from 1-10
- a small inexpensive tray to carry the bead box and the numbered cards together.
She can match the printed numbers to the number of beads. As the student masters the concept of counting and the number character, the teacher can then add a learning station that has more complex mathematical concepts using the counting tray.
The counting tray is super easy to make and you can see that the teacher can create many different activities using the counting beads and a simple piece of paper.
This activity can also be repeated in the Flood Garden, using the many beautiful resources found there.