A Hidden Gem, Inside and Out
When I realized that my son was facing reading challenges I embarked into this whole world of literacy …. reading wars, structured and balanced literacy approaches, the Orton Gillingham method, the science of reading. The situation was made more difficult in that to this point my son had only been reading in French, so I was finding that ressources were not as readily available. Thankfully I met a wonderful structured literacy specialist who trained me in the foundations of Orton Gillingham.
With this knowledge I was then able to apply it to the French language. So I started amassing materials - both to help myself learn and then in turn be able to support my sons learning. After months of being consumed by this world my living room and all around was filled by binders, papers, games, blocks. In a spring clean mood I gathered up everything into a couple of clear plastic bins which went into the closet. Over time these bins were piled on by other items making their retrieval more and more difficult. It wasn’t long before these bins were forgotten.
Fast forward in yet another cleaning/decluttering/re-arranging moment these ressources have been freed from the confines of the bottomless closet. They are now easily accessible - which translates to actually being used! This cabinet is perfect for displaying the collection of letter blocks and sounds I had created specific to the French language.
I am forever looking at ways my home can support me. By analyzing storage needs such as short term versus long term I was able to take advantage of both the storage and display capacity of what I originally believe is a liquor cabinet. It’s location next to the kitchen table is ideal making this area double as a workspace. Homework is now less of a struggle and more of a habit.
Wondering about the shoes? …. besides being a spur of the moment purchase - lol! The cabinet is located in the Feng Shui Fame zone which means red is favoured in this area. As these shoes no longer fit I still admire their beauty, so have chosen to give them a second life as bookends.March 2023