Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Peak Into Our School Room

We're gearing up to start school over here!  We just got moved into a new house and I am so excited to have a real space for doing school.  It's not all that one day I hope it will be, but it is perfect for right now and I am so thankful for the space!  Would you like to take a peak?



 Ok, so it's more like a half of a room =)  The other half of the room has a couch (pictured), a TV, and a desk.  I really didn't want a TV in view of where we do most of our school, but that's how it's working out and as long as it is not a distraction it's ok with me.

I'm still moving things around on the shelf, deciding what things I want in the kids reach.  One of my goals was to have more arts and crafts materials for the kids to use freely, but the problem is that they are messy =) so it's trial and error figuring out what things they can truly have the freedom to use unsupervised right now!

The cork boards on the walls hold the daily schedule and also a list of things that I want to get done for the month in school.  The items (on both lists) are on sticky notes so that my son can take them down as he accomplishes them.  This is a new method for us, so we will see how it goes!



A close up of the kids desks.  My kids are little, so simple will do.  They are those cheap ($10?) Lack IKEA end tables, which little kids chairs (garage sale!) fit under perfectly!  My little girl likes to put stickers on hers =)



The other side of the room...my desk!  Another IKEA piece, their Expedit bookshelf which I'm in love with. Soooo much storage and looks clean and orderly.  Itso bins from Target fit in perfectly.


I just love these!


A close up of my planning pages up on a cork board over the desk.  Last year i tried keeping sheets like this in a binder, but I neglected it too much, so this year I'm trying a new method.  Maybe I'll share these printable planning sheets with you all if you're interested =)  You can download these pages for yourself here!



In the living room I'm working on a whole wall of book shelves!  Yes, those are the same IKEA shelves as by my desk, just the 4x4 size.  There are two of them, one in front of the other right now.  I have to wait until we get rid of another piece of furniture on the opposite wall before I can set these up like I want to, but I'm excited to get all our books up!  What I love is that as our collection expands, I can get more of these (smaller sized) shelves and stack them onto of these 4x4 units to create floor to ceiling shelves!


How is your school room coming...or how is it working, if you've already started school?

Happy Decorating!

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16 comments:

  1. You will LOVE having a designated spot! I thought I didn't really care to have one until I did and now I couldn't live without it. It just helps me to focus on school and not the thousands of other household tasks that are always staring me down!

    I love your bookshelf! Now I'm going to scope out a spot in our house that we could do that. I'm thinking maybe our dining room?!?! What a great idea!

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    1. I am loving it! We use the kitchen table a bit too, and of course the couches for reading, but it's nice to have a place that doesn't have to be used for anything else and that the kids can go to and color, etc. Thanks for the comment!

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  2. I LOVE Ikea : ) We have several IKEA shelving units around our house! I agree, you will definitely love having a designated school area. And I like your daily post it notes for Trevor.. Tyler would like pulling them off and feeling some sense of accomplishment, I think!

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    1. That is exactly how Trevor is...but I'm thinking of doing something more stable than post-it (maybe velcro?)

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  3. I love IKEA! We have one about an hour from us...we only go 2 times a year and stock up! Very cute room!

    I would love for you to link up also over at my blog! The Joys of Home Educating.

    Melissa

    http://www.thejoysofhomeeducating.com/2012/08/a-peak-inside-our-school-room-and-link.html

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    1. Our ikea is about an hour away too. I think I totally missed your link-up, but I'll go check it out now in case I didn't =)

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  4. So cute! Love your space & your use of those great Ikea finds! :-)

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  5. Having a designated space is great. Love your space...and all your neat IKEA stuff.

    We have a school room. Our house has a formal living area and a family room...so we use the formal space as our school room.

    Happy schooling! :)

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    1. That sounds great! That is kind of how we are using our 4th bedroom (as a family room/school room) since we don't need it as a bedroom right now.

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  6. So excited for you to start your school year in your new home! May this dedicated space make things run even more smoothly :)

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  7. Looks like you have your schoolroom nicely organized...thanks to IKEA. I think IKEA should have a special homeschoolers section since so many of us use their ideas and products in making our school areas so much better.

    We have always had our school area in one end of our family room and as the kids have grown they spill over into the kitchen, living room, and even outside.

    Loved seeing your school area.

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    1. Now if the kids would only keep the shelves straightened =) lol Good idea for IKEA! That would be amazing!

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  8. It feels so good to get our school areas organized and ready for learning! It looks like you have been working hard and you have a lot of great storage! I hope you have a great year! Just stopping by from Trivium Tuesdays.

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