As I mentioned last year, we don’t have a room to be able to dedicate to schooling. And, as much as I drool over the pictures I see of such rooms, I’m not 100% convinced that I’d want one. Instead, I have all of our school stuff stored in our living room.
Hubby and I recently had a rare chance to drop the kids off at Grandma’s house and we went to IKEA! We got a couple of table tops for only 9$ each (my husband already had legs for them) and we made a couple of work tables for the living room. Last year the kids worked a lot just sprawled on the floor or the sofa but I noticed that sometimes Tobi needed to be sitting at the table to be able to focus. However, it didn’t work well to have him in a different room (the kitchen) because he had a hard time staying on task.
I’m not completely finished putting the room together but here is what I have so far.
I have a couple of folding chairs that we’ll bring in for the tables. Right now we have no couches in the house and it will be at least a month before we have any, so the folding chairs are in the TV/play room.
I found this great Dr. Seuss calender at Michael’s for 50% off. They are also available on Amazon. The paper roll and holder are from IKEA. I think I might put a little table beside these for Josiah to sit at if he wants to colour or do a puzzle.
We have most of our school supplies and craft supplies in these pantries. On top, there are more supplies that I really need to find new homes for. Since it’s a complete mess up there, I cropped it out. Too bad I can’t just crop out the messes in my house for real!
I put our We Choose Virtues posters on the doors, and on the side you can see the reward chart.
A boring pantry that holders more of my stuff in the top cupboards and kids’ stuff in the bottom. Puzzles, word games, etc. I only put a few things in the kids’ part at a time (and switch them out with other puzzles and learning games from the locked white pantries) so that there aren’t hundreds and thousands of puzzle and game pieces all over the floor every day.
Another simple picture but it shows my favourite part of the room. The chalkboard! We live in a rural area and several schools have had to close in the last several years, merging students from different schools into the same building. I got this chalkboard for free from one of such schools. The new owner of the school was kind enough to list the boards for free on a local Facebook swap group instead of just putting them in a dumpster. My husband made the frame for it. On the far left you can see the wall mounted pencil sharpener that I had as a child. On the left of the board is a Dr. Seuss ABC poster (which I also found for 50% off at Michael’s) that came in a pack of 5 different early learning posters. I don’t have the other posters up right now.
That’s about it! The room is actually feeling very large but that’s because, as I said, there are no couches right now. I would give you a better idea of the actual lay out of the room but it’s a mess so once again, I cropped out the mess..which in the case, meant all of the floor space.
All of the kids books are on shelves in another room. Shelves that I need to tidy up…(hence, no picture.)
How is your home school set up? Do you have a designated room or do you have your school things spread out throughout your house? Something in between?
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