One thing that often happens when you home school. Is that things can get sloppy. At least I find that true for me. The every day task of motherhood, house keeping, school room responsibility and everything else that goes along with what I do daily, piles up. I have been in this weird “purging and reorganizing” mood for weeks now. I have no idea why. No, I’m not pregnant. So I cant blame hormones. :) I think it may be the pre-spring cleaning fix? or something.
Whatever the culprit my husband I know is probably a bit annoyed with my moving of furniture and purging of stuff.
Then again, he can’t complain. At least I’m not going out and buying a bunch of stuff we don’t need. If anything I am selling and making money along the way as I purge our things.
THIS POST will give you an idea of what the room looked like prior to my changing things around.
I originally had a rectangle table in this room. The old table was nice and solid oak. It was my childhood table. I decided to put this in our breakfast nook area instead though, because the circle table made it easier to teach from. It also took up less room. Although glancing back at the before photos it may not seem so. It does though, trust me.
The round table I got for free via our neighborhood facebook page. Score! It actually has a leaf you can put into the center to make it bigger if you choose to do so. This table only came with three chairs (the white one shown was one of the the three it came with). In order to have some unity in the breakfast nook area of our home, I took two white chairs and two darker wood chairs and alternated them in the kitchen nook. So it makes more sense. So in the school room I have the other two brown chairs for my older boys and the white chair is my throne… hah :)
I have found since the beginning of ever schooling my boys, that having a large table for all of us to use together works best. While having desk in their room is handy during independent study times and what not… having a center place where we come to sit and do school, functions well for our family. Eventually once I am schooling all 4 boys ill have to expand and add the leaf and extra chairs. For now the little boys sit at the smaller table picture. This table has been with us since the beginning too. A friend gave me it. It may not be much to look at but its perfect for young kids under age 5. It also is solid oak and can withstand lots of beatings.
The book shelf to the right of the white cabinet is where I keep extra books we aren’t currently using. So 1st grade books, kindergarten, 3rd grade… or curriculum we may use in the future. It is also where we keep our kids money jars (we use a 3 jar system. Savings, giving and spending). I also have a big black treasure chest full of special treats for when the kids do well. If they do well during a week of school they get to go to the treasure box… or if they get A’s on their test… that sorta thing. The black cabinet drawer thing on top of that shelf has stickers, laminating sheets, readers we currently dont use and so forth.
The small table in front of our white board has our essential oil diffuser.
As well as an organizer with all the supplies we’d need to get through a school day (roughly).
The white board we got at an office max that was closing. I saved 80% of it and only paid $30.00 for that! Such a steal!! It is also magnetic and cleans up so much easier than our former chalk board and cheap white board alternative we tried using for a while.
I highly recommend every home school mom invest in a good white board.
The white cabinet my dad made for me years back too out of an old TV console. It is what I put all of our craft materials… puzzles, board games, misc. school things. Its great at hiding things. Its extra special to me too since my dad helped paint it and put it together.
The dark blue school table with color chairs was given to me by a friend when we moved to GA. Its adjustable and solid! Easy to clean off too. The computer my dad gave us… although I do think we will upgrade to a nicer one this summer. On that desk we also have a copier that prints color/black and white. I use it to make copies of seat work and student pages. The other printer is a laser black and white. I use that to print most papers that dont involve color. Laser printers are hands down the way to go if you want to save on ink. They last forever!! I have had that same ink cartridge for like 4 years now! Eventually Id love to get a laser copier… but my budget doesn’t allow for that just yet.
That table is used for our computer work. Switched on School house. Spanish and typing. Also any videos we have to watch we use that as well.
The book shelf to the left contains all of our current school books and reading material. At the very bottom of that book shelf is the tot shelt. With board books, play do, kenetic sand and so forth.
I used bricks to help keep books together for different students… much cheaper than expensive book ends. :)
On top of that book shelf is our hamster Daisy in her bin cage. Shes a great addition to our classroom.
The little colored shelf unit to the left is now organized with all of our boys legos! Color coded. I use to keep extra paper and pencils in that. That shelf unit though did not do well when holding heavier items… so it works much better for legos.
That is pretty much it! :)
Our school room in a nutshell.
I love it!
We spend a lot of time there… so keeping it organized in a way that makes the day go smoother is really important.
Comment letting me know if you want to know what curriculum we enjoyed this year and why… what we plan to do next year… etc… I have already begun to do some new curriculum with the boys even though its close to the end of this years school year. Im a bit unusual in that aspect. I add things in as we go sometimes and you know what, that is the beauty of home school! We arent boxed in and we can change things mid year if we want and make it work. Hard to believe that this year ill have a 5th grader! Seems unbelievable really…