As a homeschooling momma I'm always trying to find educational materials at a low price. I read all these amazing blogs & see the many awesome materials other kids have to help educate them & make their learning fun. There's also the many wonderful packets & printables I need to copy or laminate which requires some money to do.
Imagine my excitement when I heard that my local school district had a place with ALL of that stuff for FREE!!! YES! F-R-E-E FREE FREE FREE!!!! The Parent Teacher Community Resource Center is truly a homeschool momma's heaven! I am able to make copies & laminate for free! They have a workshop set up to make posters, die cut materials & so much more for me to use ALL FREE!
Then there's a learning room full of books, toys, games, & all sorts of materials I can check out (FREE) to aid our homeschooling! Now please excuse the poor quality of the pics below. I used my phone, but I wanted to capture the pure awesomeness this place offers :)
They've put together theme unit kits based on specific books or topics. The kits include some of the following: toys, books, worksheets, & many ideas to help teach about the particular theme.
They also have theme boxes from Lakeshore with themes such as ocean life, the 5 senses, bugs & insects, all about me, community helpers, transportation, etc. We checked out the ocean life box & it included lesson plans & activities ideas to expand the knowledge of ocean life, ocean stamps & a stamp pad, a mini aquarium, real sea shells & a starfish, pictures, a sorting game etc. I'll post more on that later :)
Science materials included stethoscopes, dr. kits, videos, magnifying tools etc.
Science books based on specific topics with activity ideas & worksheets included.
This is the phonics center. It's filled with various games & tools to help learners in spelling, reading, & language. The rack to the right with the bags holds many favorite children's' books & include puppets & toys for the kids the retell the story.
This summer I plan on checking out many of the musical instruments for my boys to explore! It blows my mind that they will be able to play with many different kinds at no expense to me. Music is something I hope all of my boys love!
As you can see they also have a ton of manipulatives & puzzles in various shapes & themes.
This area is full of gross motor games & activities.
All of these bags host books with activities that include toys, puppets, tapes/CDs, some include English & Spanish versions, learning ideas & much more.
There's a lot more the PTCRC has! Toys for babies & toddlers that enhance their development. A math center, books galore that are categorized by theme or popular children's author & various teaching & learning tools!
I am COMPLETELY in love with this place! They also have a "typical" school playground that we can play on, host playdates & art days, seasonal parties & carnivals, & while I'm busy using all of the resources they have to offer my kiddos get to stay in the kid zone which has a TV to watch PBS Kids, computers, books, & toys. This room is surrounded by windows so I can keep an eye on them while I work.
Here's a pic of B-man at the PTCRC Water Day.
They also offer programs for babies & toddlers & will send a specialist (FREE) each month to make sure they're developing appropriately & if there is ever a need for a speech or occupational specialist they also offer those FREE!!
This place is such a Godsend for me as a stay at home/homeschooling momma! I wonder how many other cities offer resource centers like this?