While I really have no desire to replicate the public school at home, I find it’s easier to function when everything is in one place. The boys also wanted their own desks. They have desks in their rooms, but they are too big to bring down to the dining room, where we have our school stuff.
We also have a tendency to have school where ever we feel like it. The living room, the back yard, the dining room, in the van, etc. But here is where we keep our stuff. It’s not all in the dining room. The bookcases are in the front foyer of our house.
Kids' reading books
Textbooks, boys' on the left, Ladybug's on the right
Taz on the left, Blue on the right
These two desks and chairs we got at a school auction last night. We got a total of three student desks (third one is to be Ladybug’s and she wants it upstairs) and two Stickley chairs for $10. The chairs cost more than the desks!
The metal cart on the right has our flashcards, play money, extra folders (for possible lapbooking…), construction paper, and the Leappad.
On the wall you can see parts of our US and World maps, as well as the 7 Rules of Behavior, “bed” to remind Taz which way to make his b’s and d’s, and the analog clock. On their desks they each have their own little lined white board and a Math Bingo game. Hanging from the doorknob is a Turbo Twist Math and Turbo Twist Spelling (picked up in a yard sale last weekend for less than $1).
another view of the desks showing the chalkboard easel in the corner
Some posters (and my thumb lol)
Life Cycle of a Frog (and table setting/clearing instructions)
Steps to Multilply and Divide and Number Chart 1-99
This is the tv armoir that holds all the kids’ video game stuff. I took a bit of space in there for the workbooks we have (some of them) and educational games. I didn’t get a good picture of what is on top, but it holds our globe, a tabletop display w/ Spanish words, and two bins full of art supplies (markers, crayons, paints, pipe cleaners, craft sticks, glue, etc) and two large pads of drawing paper. The boys’ Lowes Build & Grow projects are currently housed up there, but I think they going to have to go up on their dressers soon because there are getting to be too many.
Spanish words inside the tv armoir doors
Close up of the bottom of the armoir…workbooks galore, as well as several kinds of bingo games, pizza fractions, planets, maps, parts of a plant mats too.
Lots of workbooks, I know...
This is “my” area. Kind of. This is where I keep my teacher guides (in the bins under the table) as well as my binder and any papers I’m needing right then. In the baskets are more supplies…sticky tack, stapler, paper clips, dry erase markers, etc. Also under the table is our Star Theater planetarium projector (yard sale purchase, $2) and our Frog Habitat, as well as my stash of 5c Walmart notebooks lol. There’s some extra art paper under there too. You can also see Ladybug’s art easel int he corner and her two most recent art pieces :)
It’s still very much a work in progress. I’d like a couple more posters. There are tons at the school supply store…I could go broke there. I’d also like to make my own calendar/weather board. I have an empty wall space waiting for me to get creative and JUST DO IT (swish).
Today was another good day. The boys (mostly) cooperated for a math lesson. Taz always has to test me at the beginning, to see if I’m really going to make him do this. But as soon as he sees it’s happening one way or another, he sits down and gets right to it. They were both very excited to have their desks today. They even ate their lunch there *rolls eyes*. Ladybug even did a *little* of her work. Researching Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.