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  1. Hi Deb,Thanks for the abundance of iroinmatofn on here! I would love to set up a room for my kids but how do you deal with varying ages? My kids are 4, 3, 1 1/2, and newborn. I really only have one large room where I can be with all of them at once. How do I set up shelves that are appropriate for each of them and keep them all from getting into one another’s shelves? I’ve noticed even the older ones sometimes still like to play with the baby’s toys and the 1 1/2 year old loves to climb every shelf and grab anything he can get his hands on. Also, I’m wondering if I would be able to realistically take time to present these activities properly so that the original purpose of the activities is not defeated. Any tips you have would be greatly appreciated.Many thanks,Leandra

  2. Hi Leandra
    We are blessed to have shelved cupboards with doors that I use to set out my hands-on materials and some higher shelves that the little ones can’t reach. The baby and toddler toys are within easy reach of the little ones. In the past I have allowed the older children to use the younger children’s toys, as long as they leave them as they were found. (They soon loose interest.) Younger children however do not have the freedom to access their older sibling’s shelves. I think with little ones and many close together, having a great tight routine is vital, including mat time, highchair time, table time, room time and playpen times. Having these structured periods in place is the only way I could get the focus time I needed to present materials to each child and supervise their use. I have blogged on how to go about introducing these structured times under “routine and daily activities” in the categories list to the left of screen.

    Allowing very young children lots of unstructured time to roam the house and get into everything will undoubtably end with a trail behind them! now spend time with 3 older children who are officially school aged, twins who are working on basic Montessori type activities and other hands-on materials and a 10 month old who has just started properly crawling. Without a flexible routine I would be drowning. It doesn’t always happen perfectly, but most days run fairly well.

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