So we decided to move our schoolroom upstairs to the kitchen/living room area this year, since that is where we usually end up doing all of our lessons anyway.
Here's a pic of how the mostly finished schoolroom looks from the kitchen:
And here's the view from the living room:
The process of moving everything upstairs gave me good reason to re-think what we actually need to use on a daily basis for our lessons, and I was able to clean out many unneeded items that had accumulated - or that I had been holding onto for "just in case." It actually wasn't easy to do - I never realized how much I just like school-stuff!
~ the supply cabinet ~
~ notebook paper, construction paper, art paper-tablets, and other craft paper ~
~ a few art supplies that we use everyday (I am keeping all of our paints, pastels, and other special art supplies on a storage-shelf for now) ~
~ a peek at what's inside the baskets on top of the cabinet : one holds Rose's math book & manipulatives (Right Start Math), the other holds her spelling book & manipulatives (All About Spelling) ~
~ the "little" bookshelf ~
For now, I have filled this shelf with
all of my favorite some of our preschool/kindergarten and early-reader picture books. I used to keep these up in the little ones' bedrooms, but I brought them down here into the schoolroom so I could read to them more often. I am still deciding if this is the best use for the bookcase, thought, because we also are quickly accumulating a long list of books for our history curriculum this year and need a good place to keep them! In that case, I will probably keep a few picture books nearby in a basket and rotate them week-by-week.
~Peanut's book basket ~
~ the kitchen "file" cabinet ~
One of my biggest challenges last year was keeping all of our finished schoolwork organized. We were using the notebook system (one 3-ring binder for each subject; for filing finished papers, notes, artwork, etc.)...but we ended up instead with piles of papers everywhere "waiting to be filed" that would then get lost, misplaced, or tattered/dog-eared. So this year, I invested in a few file-boxes which I am using for both lesson-prepping (I am putting each week's maps and other printouts, project ideas, etc. into the folders in my box) and also for filing each child's completed work, by week. I still like the idea of notebooking, and at the end of each unit (or semester...or even the year, lol!), I can go back and put together a notebook for each child if I want to....but at least in the meantime, there is a safe and tidy "place" for all of their work!
~ General's "Morning Lessons" basket ~
~ Little Monkey's basket ~
~ working on our first week's lessons ~