I am so excited to finally show you all our new homeschool room!
Last year we had our school room down in our finished basement. This didn’t end up working out very well for us. I was tired of going up and down the stairs for what seemed like 100 times throughout our short school time. We thought that it wouldn’t be a big deal but it quickly became an annoyance. To bring the schooling upstairs this year, we swapped out my sewing room and the school room. So now it is right off our kitchen-which seems to be the place I always need to go to during school time!
We’ve been doing school now for 3 weeks and so far this new set up has been fantastic!
I’ve already shared how we organize our kindergarten and preschool curriculum. The only change is how I set up the preschool stuff upstairs. Since we had bookshelves, I just put the bins on them and left my cube storage downstairs for the sewing supplies. But the premise is still the same.
This is my teachers corner. I have both sets of curriculum in one location and easily accessible. One shelf for kindergarten and two shelves for preschool. (The bottom two are just our family board games!) Then I have my teaching supplies for unit studies on the blue shelf (thanksgiving, fire safety, 5 senses, that sort of stuf). The green shelf holds all of our stickers! We have lots of stickers for crafts and as rewards. It also holds my laminator and those supplies as well.
Then on top of those, I have our extra school supplies in the black and white bin. Crayons, pencils, glue sticks, construction paper, etc. Above that is a reward chart for our memory verses. My kindergartner is learning a Bible verse for every letter of the alphabet this year, so this is an easy way to track that and reward him.
This is the teacher’s corner from the kitchen view. I have my desk set up right next to all of my teaching supplies. I love having a rolling chair this year, it just makes life easier and more fun! I think my kiddos love it more than I do! Thanking the Lord for that free blessing!
Here’s a bird’s eye view. To the left is our supplies for the kids. Lots of pencils, crayons, glue sticks, scissors all in one organized location. It also has our 100 days of school place value supplies for our Big Guy to complete during our circle time.
Over in the next corner, we have our craft supply bookshelf. There also reading books that are used just for school time. We also have our letter construction activity set on this shelf. We absolutely love this set. My Big Guy had a hard time in preschool making letters the correct way (he reversed just about every letter and word) so this hands on tool made a big difference and let him get fine motor along with pattern work done all at the same time. We will definitely be using this again regularly for our Little Guy in preschool this year. I have it on this shelf so he can grab it while he waits for me to finish up with his brother.
I have one wall that I left free to use just for our wall stuff. The whiteboard that I was able to refinish and all of our circle time items: our calendar, weather chart, 100’s chart and our letter of the week pocket chart. My kids have always loved The Cat in the Hat and anything Dr. Suess so we picked that as our calendar theme-they still love it!
Then we have our memory verse wall with some Dr. Suess sayings. Along the ceiling I hung up the alphabet and some numbers. This may be my favorite thing in the whole room! I have used it so much by pointing at something for my boys.
My preschooler sits over here. I separated the boys so that as one was working independently I could teach the other without being too much of a distraction. It seems to be working out well.
Lastly, we have our other two desks. My Big Guy and Little Lady sit over here. Above them are the badges board I refinished as well as the character card board. We will be adding to these during each unit.
My husband and I recently went to New York City and brought the boys back a souvenir of their favorite superhero in NYC. They love them and decided to hang them up above their desks to personalize their space. Each child also has personalized 31 Gifts snap bins to store anything they want inside which also adds ownership to their desk space.
I love that each desk has a shelf that we can also store everyone’s backpack on. We always know where they are when they are needed!
So there ya have it! Our school room for the 2015-2016 school year! We are so excited to see how it works out this year for us. We may add things, move things, remove things as the year plays out.
I hope some of these ideas will encourage you to make the best use of your space if you have a dedicated area and even if you don’t. You can use any bookshelf in your home to keep things more organized for a smoothly run school year!
Your turn! Do you have a dedicated school room this year? What organizational tips have helped you keep everything in place?
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