Our schoolroom for this year isn’t extremely different than the last time I posted about it, but we have made a few changes that I’m excited to share!
My absolute favorite change has been our new Ikea storage system! It is AWESOME!! My husband was amazed that by day two of having it home, I had it filled completely. Hehe.
Here’s a quick peek at what’s inside each bin-going down for each column of bins (I’ll provide links to those items I can find online):
Far Left: Math manipulatives (only mama touches), wooden blocks (like these and these), Duplo blocks (several sets combined), Little People & vehicles, two bins of gears, and Magnetos.
Middle Left: Automoblox minis, Mr. Potato Heads, bristle blocks, WEDGiTS, Tag and Tag Jr. readers & books, Hexbug sets, and Thomas take along track
Middle Right: Science Manipulatives (for mama), Cooties, foam ABC puzzles, Design and Drill, playdough cutters and manipulatives, Build-A-Road track & cars, and Leap Frog magnetic sets
Far Right: Literacy Manipulatives (for mama), Lincoln Logs, TONS of LEGOS, gadgets (pretend phones, MP3 players, etc.), peg toys, Story Book Reader and books, & random baby toys I switch out for NSis and MBug.
On the top, I now keep our new iPad3, our Ikea abacus, and colors/markers/colored pencils, etc. (all labeled, of course!)
Because of the new addition, a few things were moved around to different locations:
This organizer (from Target) was moved closer to MBug’s table (from Ikea) and I store her rotated puzzles, coloring sheets, toys, and modified “teaching trays“-at the bottom.
NJoy’s area is a little different to make room for the FREE curriculum he’s doing. I placed a small white shelf for his books (from Ikea) and some cork strip above to hang his work.
He now has his own word wall, as he’s now learning some beginner sight words. He still has his Word Wall in the playroom, but this one is specifically for his Reading the Alphabet words. I just wrote letters on sentence strips and placed the strips on the wall!
ALuv’s desk (1st grade) is pretty much the same, although I added a little white organizer beside his desk to keep paper, his notebooks, etc. so he could be a little more independent. If you’re interested in his “workbox” system above his desk, you can view that towards the end of post here.
ALuv’s Word Wall is pretty much the same. We haven’t done any new words this summer, but plenty of review (like our Sight Word Guess Who? game)!
I also had to move this large bookshelf and since it’s now one of the first things you see when you look in, I had to do some MAJOR changes to how it looked. If only it could stay this neat!
And I reorganized this shelf a little bit better so I can find things easier. My hubby hinged on a screen door for the front. It’s screwed shut so little hands can’t pull everything out. Our “teaching tray” items are all stored (WAY out of reach) on top of the file cabinet.
So, there you have it: our 2012-2013 schoolroom! I am hoping the changes I’ve made will work for us once we start back full-time a few weeks!
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I am so sad to admit that we don’t have an Ikea around here, and I’ve never been to one. *sigh*
I really *need* that in my life. 😉
Yes, you do *need* that. It’s amazing that I lived for over 30 years without one before *needing* it so badly. 🙂
What a sweet space–I think the IKEA storage is great!
Yes, I really do love IKEA!
Sherri Barth (@sherribarth) says
GREAT space! Love your organization!
Thanks! So far this summer, it’s been working nicely for us. 🙂 The real test will be when we are schooling every day.
I’m drooling over that new IKEA shelving unit…
Great room! Your new curriculum is so exciting!
Lisa M says
Wow! So is that whole room JUST for schooling? I am envious if it is! that is the only thing i DON’T like about our own…we have to share it with my husband’s office space and my craft desk…not to mention my husbands’ John Deere collection on the walls…sigh…But if I had a whole space like yours my walls would have words all over them like yours and I’d adore one of those IKEA shelving units! I love Ikea…the closest one is 2 hours away…probably a good thing!
Almost the entire room is schoolroom. Behind one of the walls is our “office”, but really it’s mostly storage for school. I’ve also taken over our attic. My poor husband! I guess he gets the garage. 🙂 Our IKEA store is 1.5 hours away…a VERY good thing because I’d find many excuses to go at least 2x a week if it was any closer!!
Love the room. Especially love the IKEA shelving unit!
Eddie - The Usual Mayhem says
I love the word walls!
I love Ikea, but we’ve sworn off buying any more furniture/storage until the next time we move….by which time we’ll be 300kms from an Ikea. Bummer.
I think a screen door over a book shelf is genius! You can still see everything but the little ones can’t get to it. Your room looks lovely, I sure wish we had an IKEA near me, the closest one is 4-5 hours away… Have a wonderful school year!
Yes, that was hubby’s idea. We had a spare one in the attic.
Looks great! Love Ikea, it’s only 30 minutes away from me 🙂 I’ve told my husband I’m considering hiding out after closing and living there 😉
So wish I could click “like” on your comment. Yes, I love IKEA as well. It’s a GOOD thing it’s about 1.5 hours away from us or I’d be attempting the same!
We are pink and green too! Kelly