It doesn’t seem long since School Sports Day, and here it is, almost Back To School time! In fact, I know some students are already back to school. We homeschool year-round so our home most often looks like a classroom, but I thought it would be fun to reminisce with the children about how my classroom looked at school compared to theirs at home. We’ve done this with great fun putting together this Teacher puzzle!
Ravensburger kindly sent us a copy of their 500 piece Happy Days at Work – The Teacher puzzle for our compare and contrast project.
I started this puzzle one night while waiting for Phil to move some things off his PC onto an external drive as I needed the drive for my own work. Phil’s PC had crashed and self-wiped the hard drive and he was majorly stressing about it and I was trying my best to stay calm as this was the latest in another run of bad luck we’d been having (this same week I came close to losing at least a month’s worth of blog posts and our car quit). I took advantage of this wait by taking a big breath and starting to sort out the edge pieces from the centre pieces on our Puzzle Handy. I’m so predictable with this, aren’t I?
I had virtual assistant work I needed to get to, and the night was getting late. But I concentrated on the puzzle and drank a cup of tea. Waiting patiently, and glad I had something to make me slow down and focus. Somehow Ravensburger always knows just when we need a good puzzle to take our minds off our troubles!
After Phil was done with the drive, I started my work for the night after I slid the Puzzle Handy under the sofa and out of the way. I knew that if I left it out the kids would find it in the morning and be distracted from their school work by putting together a classroom…how ironic, really.
A couple of days later we returned to the puzzle and Kallista helped me sort out some of the internal pieces into piles:
- Art display wall
- Book shelf
- The trees and outdoor pieces
- The hamster cage
We put some of the Teacher puzzle together together. It’s nice doing a puzzle on your own, but it’s also nice to have company.
Phil was home ill part of last week and taking things easy. So he joined us to finish the puzzle. It was a nice way to spend a little time together, even if he wasn’t feeling his best.
As we put this puzzle together we all chatted about the similarities between a school classroom and our homeschool:
- We have a clock on the wall.
- We have art on our walls.
- We have displays and information on our walls.
- We have lots of books in different areas.
- We have a teacher that reads to the children.
We also compared how our home was different to this puzzle:
- We don’t have desks.
- We don’t have lots of kids.
- We don’t have a chalk board.
- We don’t have a class pet.
If you enjoy a good puzzle, check out these other Ravensburger puzzles we’ve reviewed:
- School Sports Day
- A Day at The Beach
- Best of British No.15 – The Supermarket
- Flying Home
- What If? Christmas Day
Happy Days at Work – The Teacher 500pc Jigsaw Puzzle is available through fine retail stores and Amazon.co.uk.
The Ravensburger Puzzle Handy is also available from Amazon.co.uk and retail outlets.