It’s School Room Week at the Not Back to School Blog Hop so I thought I’d share our school room. I say (sorta) because we don’t really have a school room; our school stuff is spread out where we could fit it. Please, don’t judge me by my mess.
This is the table that we’re going to try using this year for some of the sit-down work. I have it mostly cleared off – I’m still not sure what we’re going to do with the keyboard. It used to me my grandma’s and I love it. I want to keep it out so the kids can experiment on it, but I’m not sure where it will live yet. I plan on keeping colouring supplies and crayons available at this table at all times, too.
Right now the colouring supplies are stored in the green bin, along with a school supply caddy I’m putting together. The caddy is actually the one that came with the Crayola markers the kids got for Christmas last year. I just took off the lids because they never stayed open.
This table also has Tobi’s modified workbox. Originally, I had number labels for each folder in the day and a board on the front to stick them onto when he completed an activity, but the kids ripped them all off. I think it will work well enough without the numbers though. I’ll put his daily work in the folders (one activity per folder) and the stuff he will use everyday that I don’t include in his regular activity list (like Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons) and stuff he doesn’t use every day (like his math journal or writing journal) will be stored behind the folders. That way, they’re easily accessible but still stored away.
This is our storage area. Louis found these inexpensive pantries at Walmart. They keep the clutter out of sight, and out of Josiah’s reach! (notice the child locks…)
The first pantry has my stuff in it. Some of it is homeschooling books and resources that we aren’t using. There are also extra supplies like folders, laminator sleeves, and envelopes, as well as my craft stuff (fabric and yarn, etc.)
The other pantry is the kids’ stuff. It in are their craft supplies, homeschool activities, some workbooks that didn’t fit in my pantry, games, and puzzles. The blue bin at the bottom has a bunch of ziploc bags containing learning games that I can quickly just reach in and grab if I need something to entertain a child for a short time.
We also have a book corner. I rotate out which books are on the shelves to try to keep the kids interested. The rest of their books are on a regular bookshelf in the other room. I will probably put the weather/calender board we have on the white closet door that’s in the corner. We’ll have to see if Josiah can reach it, and if so, if he leaves it alone. The couch is just a few feet away, so there is a comfy place for the kids to read. There’s an exercise stepper right beside the closet right now, but if I can find a new place for it, I’ll try to find some big cushions for the kids to sit on for reading as well.
And that’s about it! I know we’ll probably be using our kitchen table a lot as well, but I didn’t really want to take a picture of my messy kitchen.
How are you setting up your homeschool space this year?