Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Not Back To School Blog Hop School Room!

So this year I am so excited about our school room change up!

Last year I had the older four in the Parlor at the round table doing S.O.S. curriculum on their netbooks.

But this year I get to do a full year unit study program with 5 out of 6 of my children.  So I moved us to the kitchen.  I am using our big square table that has a bench with storage and our cabinets that are hardly used for anything other than stashing large things.

I am glad that we get to use these cabinets.  I sit in the chair in front of the new school cabinets, so they will come in so handy.

In this cabinet is my file crate system, pencil basket with index cards and white board spray, Books that we will be using for the next 30 days and a calendar.   I am on my second year using Dawn's file crate system from  I just love her organizational thoughts on this file crate system!  I hope that you go and check it out.  I will simply pull out the basket and get the folder that I need out for the coming week.  
Sorry for the dark, blurry picture.  But that is week 1's folder.  I will simply put any printables or scheduled appointments, recipes, or ideas in that folder for that particular week.
This is the bottom cabinet.  It has our glasses and patch for the kids that use them.  Some math manipulatives, 3 ring binders, books we will use next year and our American Flag.
This is our top cabinet.  It has colored envelopes, my journal, a lapbook project, spiralbound notebooks, and books that we will use later in the year.
So blurry!  My camera cord is missing and I am forced to use my daughter's kodak.  But this is where my twin daughters will sit for school.  I love our farm table!  It has four drawers.  So the twin boys across the table will have two drawers too.

This is a great organizational idea from a very crafty friend of mine!  The kiddos just grab the flower pot of whatever medium they choose for their artwork and just put it back when they are finished.  These are actually plastic "clay looking" flower pots.  Very useful!  I love finding a new way to use things around the house!  Speaking of that, does anyone have an old wooden screen door they don't want anymore!  I need it for my pantry door...

So here is our white board.  I have the first days lessons ready.  Can you tell what we are starting our unit study on?  To the right of the board is our artwork clothes line.  I will probably be adding a shelf above the lines and another line or two below the current ones.

My oldest child(tenth grader) will be in and out doing things with us.  He will be continuing in the computer curriculum.  But he will be helping me with some of the unit study this year.  He loved the Egypt study he did when he was younger, so this is going to be fun for him.


Kimberly said...

I am amazed! So awesome! Now you have really inspired me to get set up for school! Only 12 days left for us...I love that you are using the table that you already have in a new way. Isn't God good!?! Sometimes He puts just what we need, right in front of us, waiting to be discovered and re-purposed. Bravo, for a job well done! And I totally thought those flower pots were ceramic...

6atkins said...

Looks great! I love that you can teach while cooking! :) So who did the art work on the board. I thought maybe it was a child since yours can draw so well! I also noticed that Barbie is hiding in your school cabinets. She must be excited to start homeschooling! LOL I am so thrilled for you doing the unit studies. I know you really enjoyed those in the past. Did you sell your KONOS? Now when do I get to see pics of the rest of the rearranged house, 'cause I know you did! ;) Love, love, love you!

Becky said...

Looks wonderful! I especially like the white board idea... hmm... Thanks for sharing!

Joy said...

Love the homeschool area!! You are so organized and ready!