Our School Room

We have a room in our house which we call "the schoolroom," although it's something of a misnomer because we really do relatively little actual schooling in that room. More or less we use it to store our school materials and the kids use it when they're doing their independent work (because it has a kid-sized table for them to set up their work). We also keep our play kitchen, dress up, and magnet centers in this room, so this room sees a fair amount of "traffic".

In this picture you can see the work table in the center of the room (which gets used for crafts, play and work), and the younger kids' work shelves.  Ben's desk is on the right, and our project bulletin board is above Ava's work shelf.

And yes, I managed to take these pictures before I finished making the curtains. Oh well. 
 This picture shows the play kitchen, and above it our FIAR bulletin board.

 I store all of our school materials on these shelves, including manuals, arts and crafts supplies, paper, workbooks... all of it.
 Sorry for the dark picture- a thunder storm is rolling in as I put this page up. :) We use the front hallway as part of our schoolroom, and it houses the dress up bin and the magnet station (the back of the front door).
 This is my "teacher's desk". I keep the manuals I'm using every day, the printer, my computer and ipad, and office supplies in this area. (The mirror on the left is for dress up, not for me. Smile.)

This is our Five In A Row bulletin board, which shows the stories we've worked on and where they took place. It also includes a compass and boxes with story disks in them, plus maps of "the Land of Make Believe", the U.S., and the world.
 This is typically our project board, where we display unit crafts that we're working on. Since it's summer and we've scaled back on our projects until the fall (we school year round), it's showing a couple of posters and our sight word caterpillar.
 Better look at Ava's preschool shelves:
 Ellie's toddler shelves next to Ava's:
 Ben's desk (which he never uses):
 This shelf stores our science, history and French bins on the top, math and literacy materials on the second shelf, all books on the third (clear plastic bin contains letter and sight word readers for each week), puzzles and trays on the fourth, family games on the fifth, and misc. art supplies in bins on the bottom. ( I really hope the shelf fasteners never let go!)
 I keep the letter display, "book hospital" and "library book bin" on the top of this shelf, bins containing craft supplies on the first shelf, Ben's workboxes on the second, and misc. craft bins on the rest.

The small shelf to the side was re-purposed from another room and holds wooden puzzles and materials that I use frequently and like to have ready to grab at a moments notice. Oh, and the phone. Not that I ever answer it. :)
 Ben working at the table. I keep "full access" materials in the basket- things like kid magazines, crayons and scrap paper, etc.
In addition to our school room, we do a lot of learning at the kitchen table, shown below. Right now you can see a letters and a numbers poster up on the wall there, but I just bought two bulletin boards to replace the posters, which I will use as morning boards. We tend to do our morning binders at the table in the morning, and our binders keep getting food on them as we pass them around. Bulletin boards will be much nicer, I think!
 Also in the kitchen, we have a door which we painted with chalkboard paint, and our stereo for playing music, French and Spanish CDs, etc. Oh, and a very large, but loveable, fern. :)
If you're interested in our periodic use of our outdoor classroom then click here.

If you're interested in our outdoor play space, then click here.

Thanks for visiting our school room!
For the Back to School Blog Hop 2012, I'm linking up this post about our homeschool room. Check out more amazing homeschool rooms here!

24 comments:

  1. Your school room looks great! I am very impressed (and wishing mine looked as organized). Sue

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  2. What a great learning space! I feel a bit inspired by your bulletin boards.
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    -Karin
    http://www.passportacademy.com/2012/08/our-homeschool-spaces.html

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    1. Bulletin boards are a mixed blessing sometimes because once you set them up you have to maintain them, but they're so good for visual learners... and visual teachers, like me. :)

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  3. You are so organized! I love it! That little table in the middle is adorable - my little one would love something like that.

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    1. Thanks Sarah. We really do love that little table- it was a gift to the kids from my parents when we first began homeschooling our oldest in preschool. Each child has enjoyed it since!

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  4. Great space! I like that you have a play kitchen and dress up mirror. I really need to find a place to hand a mirror in our school room.

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    1. You know, for a while we just had one laying on the floor (propped up against the wall) for babies to crawl up to and play with. As all of our kids became mobile, we finally installed it on the wall and they love it for dress up, but also practicing yoga and dance moves, and for just making funny faces!

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  5. Neat and organized. Nice! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  6. Your room looks great, I love the chalkboard door! We are FIAR lovers too :) Hope you have a great year.

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    1. Thanks, Jen. Love FIAR and other devotees! :)

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  7. Your room looks great! We're FIAR users too, so I'm following now to get some inspiration.

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  8. I absolutely love the sight word caterpillar! What a great idea!

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  9. Really nice! Love the colors and organization. Good use of the space.

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  10. Love your chalk board door! Found you at the Not Back to School Blog Hop!

    Stephanie @ http://airforcefamilyadventures.blogspot.com/

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  11. Looks wonderful! What is the approximate area of the room?

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    1. Hi Linnea,

      I'm terrible with dimensions, but I'm guessing that it's about 13x13 square, not including the built-in teacher's desk. Hope that helps!

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  12. I love your FIAR board! I was planning on doing one similar to this. What size is your world map and do you think it's a good size for little ones? I had a huge one last year and it just took up too much space. I was thinking of getting a smaller one this year but wasnt sure if it would be too small for little ones.

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    1. The map has been an amazing piece of using FIAR for our family since it relates where each story takes place, and prompts all sorts of great conversations about "the land of make believe." That said, the map I use is one that I got for free in the mail after making a charitable donation to Doctors without Borders. I use it because it's free. If I were to purchase a map, I might get a slightly larger one that makes it easier for little ones to clearly pick out individual countries and states, but the smaller one works well too.

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