Brilliant idea for getting children ready for the concept of sitting at a desk and doing work/activities before that get to the structure of school. Role playing activities of teacher and student, timed activities that lengthen as the child can focus more on one task. Adding a mat by the desk for stories or cushions for silent reading also gets them used to newer activities.
15th century (ca. 1440), Northern France - Rouen British Library Royal 16 G V: Le livre de femmes nobles et renomées (French edition of De mulieribus claris) by Giovanni Boccaccio; illumination by the Talbot Master fol. 23 - Erythrean Sibyl http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/record.asp?MSID=8359=16=160705