Good news is... it's basically done. All three boys are back to sharing the largest room (which used to be our school room). The school room is now in Josh's old room, mostly because it has the door that locks and I can keep little hands out of my teaching stuff. And finally (imagine a trumpet sound here), we have a playroom again. I love having a playroom. Not that I don't still step on rogue Legos in the living room, but at least the majority of the toys are upstairs.
Today I'm giving you a peek into the school room. I still need to finish hanging my big sticker maps on the pitched ceilings and my Aunt Lynn is coming over next week to help me organize the kids books. I'm a little embarrassed to show you how many books we have. I pick up books at flea markets and yard sales all the time. I think I'll hold off on showing you those for now - you'll think I'm odd enough when you see my teaching tools. Some women buy shoes, I buy manipulatives.
This is my teaching tools closet. Puzzles, science kits, games, books, manipulatives. You name it, I can now find it. Most of this came from (you guessed it) yard sales and thrift shops. One of the best lessons I have learned with trying to teach three boys close in age is to keep them busy and change it up frequently. Hopefully, my plan keeps working this school year.
Next is the boys desk area. It's a marked down laminate counter top from Lowes on top of two filing cabinets. The bench is a dual purpose piece that I use at my dining room table also when we have guests over.
This is an old dresser given to us by friends. I have re purposed it to hold all my supplies - paper, folders, craft supplies. I initially wanted to to buy the Trofast system from IKEA, but my
Next comes my little area. A bookshelf with books that I want to keep, but don't use that often, is in the corner. My current curriculum is stored under the printer. I have a TV with DVD & VCR for educational movies in the other corner. The only thing I can't find a good spot for is my plastic bins that I use to put completed work and projects in. I have one drawer for each boy and that way I don't lose their work. It makes it easier to work on the portfolio.
In my dream world, I would have had time to paint the room. This is not my dream world. We'll make due with what we have. I don't know it the pictures are showing it, but we also have a lot of open floor room.
I think this should be a good setup for this school year. I'm planning on starting our new school year in a couple of weeks. I like to start early since I work one day a week. It makes for a less harried pace through out the year.
I can't wait to show you my workbox system, but that will have to wait for another day.
Hope you liked the school room.
* I finally wrote about our workboxes. Interested? Check it out here.
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