This week over at iHomeschool Network’s “Not-Back-To-School” Hop is a School Room Hop! We were able to set aside a portion of our basement for our school room. Though not always my favorite place to be (especially in the coldest and gloomiest days of winter), I do feel fortunate to have a space where I can store all of our stuff.
Now, just because we have a school room doesn’t mean we stay in our school room! Often our Bible and calendar times are completed upstairs on the comfy couches. Sometimes, the girls take their lapdesks outside if it’s a nice day and we just want to get out. Sometimes, we just stay at the kitchen table. I have everything set up to be pretty portable, so we can do that!
Here’s a visual tour of our homeschool classroom:
Our table and computer were bargains I found at a school-closing auction. A microwave cart holds the printer — along with Math-U-See blocks and various construction paper, scrapbook paper, etc. on the shelf below (sorted with our Pizza Box Paper Holder). The basket on the desk holds our CDs and a few supplies that belong just to me (that I don’t want them messing with)! The file cabinet was a gift from my grandma and holds all of my teaching files by subject. The box on top is full of recyclables we haven’t yet sorted! Maybe we’ll get to that soon…
Our bookshelves are one of the major ways I stay organized. Here are a few things you’ll find on them:
- Curriculum for each of the girls divided into file folder containers
- Shower caddy reused to hold pencils, colored pencils, glue, and scissors
- Drink carrier organizers — Math Minute, Reading, Calendar
- Recycled spice rack crafty supply holder
- Calendar binders for each girl
- Teaching books
- Thematic books to change and put into the reading corner
- Math manipulatives
This shelf contains our Learning Bags and Baskets. I rotate them out every once in a while.
This basket holds activities the two youngest girls can work on when I’m working one-on-one with my oldest daughter.
I really want my girls to love reading, so we have this little reading corner. I purchased the racks a few years ago when I was selling Usborne Books. (I don’t usually hold home shows anymore, although you can order from my site UsborneCrazy.com if you ever need any of their books — I would be very grateful!)
This is actually our newest addition (post to come)! It holds our All About Spelling tiles for our All About Spelling curriculum.
If you’d like a few more idea on organizing, I share ten ideas for organizing your craft and school supplies here. Find more on why we homeschool and various other homeschooling posts I’ve written here.