It has been a long time since I’ve updated our schoolroom photos and, as I promised someone this week that I would do so, here it is…our schoolroom, as it is in 2012.
Our schoolroom is part of our rather large family room. I love this space. It’s perfect for our life. Boys can be working on school or playing and I can be pottering in the kitchen or hovering nearby.
You’ll notice two wall cut outs in the first photo. One of these looks straight through to my laundry and the other to my linen closet. So I can also be washing, folding or ironing (yeah right! Hehehe!) and still supervise my little students.
We are very blessed to have this space and all the credit goes to God.
As you walk down my hall to the school room you’ll pass our Australia map, our timeline and our art supply cupboard.
If you turn around and look back down our hall you’ll see the bookshelves in the lounge and the shelves further down in the front entry hall.
Okay, back to the schoolroom. It’s a bit cluttered but I just haven’t found a better way to keep this area functional and at the same time not an eye sore (without spending a whole pile of money that would be better spent on books). So I’ve resigned myself to life with functional rather than the clear, crisp surfaces I prefer.
Let me take you on the tour.
This is our main storage space. As you can see it is overflowing but I find it works better if I can access things quickly which is why our everyday stuff is on top of the shelves rather than in the shelves. Okay, so it wouldn’t fit in there if I wanted it to anyway. Hehehe.
This is our homemade resource cupboard. Over the years I’ve made all sort of resources – cards and games – but found that I wasn’t using them because I’d forget about them. Nowadays everything is in a subject box so, for example, I can pull out the ‘money’ or ‘measurement’ box and find all the things related to those topics. This works much better for us.
This is the next corner of our space. It’s mostly another storage area but Ethan can often be found here at his computer desk….well unless he wants a fast computer, in which case he wouldn’t use this one. 🙂 There’s two much spiffier computers down in the study if the boys’ need a ‘real’ computer. Ethan loves having a machine that is all his own though…even if it’s archaic.
This is inside one of the three drawers of beginning readers. We have quite the collection. Hey, this is after I gave away some. Yes, my name is Tracey and I’m addicted to purchasing beginning readers.
This used to be our old tv shelf but I recycled it into a school shelf. The boys like to sit on the mat and work on these items while I read aloud. They are all nice quiet activities…except the bongo drums obviously. I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought those! Clearly I wasn’t thinking!! Hehehe.
More cupboards. I love that our builder used this otherwise wasted space on the outside of the kitchen benches to create cupboards. It was apparently his wife’s idea…of course. Hehehe.
I use these cupboards to stash and hide our messy Science and Math resources. In the Science cupboard we have things like kits, insect catchers, collections, human body models, thermometers, weather instruments, chemistry supplies, binoculars and all sorts of Sciencey things. In the Math cupboard we keep our flashcards, games, clocks, fraction pieces, scales, hot dots supplies, Math kits, counters, geometry resources and other Mathy things. Hmmm…it needs a bit of a clean out doesn’t it.
The most important part of our schoolroom is our couches though. We spend a LOT of time reading, curled up on the couches or sprawled out on the floor. Yes, those are bean bags stashed in the corner for those who would rather flop over a bean bag to listen.
That’s my wonderful whiteboard there too. It’s a new purchase this year and so far it’s been used every day for Math, Phonics and handwriting. We loooove it. Why did I wait so long to buy a decent one?
So that’s our schoolroom, although I should show you pictures of the whole house as we don’t really do much school in this area (except on the couches). The boys tend to spread out over the whole house to work. I’ve stashed an old school desk in the playroom and study, and an old coffee table in my bedroom that is the perfect height for writing at if you sit on the floor but even so I still find them sprawled out working on the floor, beds and couches. Shhh, no one tell the Education Department that we rarely work at perfectly sized desks with our feet flat on the floor. That kind of ‘out of the box’ thinking is way too radical for them. 🙂
Ummm…I’m ashamed to say that the desk looked like this for about two weeks and the floor was often covered with something, always some sort of toy. So thank you my dear readers for giving me the motivation to clean up my schoolroom.
My little men thank you too as it means they can enjoy messing it up again. 🙂