"Not" Back to School blog hop. This is the first year that I've participated. Last week was curriculum themed. This week is all about sharing our learning spaces. I've shared the area once before, but never in its own special post. Also there have been some minor changes. I really, really love having our own school room to learn in. I must say that the main reason I love it is because I can shut the door on everything when we are done and not worry about picking up tray items all over the house for the rest of the day. :) Without further delay...here it is.
Calendar/Pocket Chart Wall. We do our calendar routine probably 3 times a week. I am still working out the scheduling for our mornings. Trying to fit it in is tough sometimes. The pocket chart is used for various activities. You can see the most recent example in this post. The tall thing on the left is our Animal Height Chart that Annabelle is using to chart the height (redundant much?) of the animals we are studying this year. On the floor is our themed book bin and our Bible basket.
Our (mostly) current curriculum bookshelves. The top shelf is Sonlight that we aren't using at the moment...but will sometime in the next year. Also, Asa and Silas' tot school plans as well as our Bible notebooks are on the right of the top shelf. Second shelf is all Annabelle's current curriculum and all of her LA curriculum. Third shelf is her Math and some flashcards as well as additional books to add to her habitat themes. Bottom shelf Asa and Silas' themed books and the GeoSafari Phonics Pad and pasta letter sensory boxes. Sorry that was all boring....I just enjoy knowing what is on other people's shelves so I thought maybe there is someone out there like me! :)
Art easel....also doubles as our felt board stand. Table where some of the learning takes place.
This is a messy corner at the moment. I had grand plans to organize it a bit better this week, but that didn't happen. So here it is in all it's glory. Annabelle's workboxes are on the left. On top of the shelves are where I store some of our workbooks, various teaching items, and our letter box things. The top cubes are for books (and currently Annabelle's Savannah diorama). The bottom cubes are for Tot Trays. This is also the 'imaginative play area' (hence the lily pad).
There used to be a big entertainment center here with a TV on it. I was able to convince Zak that it needed to be moved out to the garage. I now have this great wall for displaying artwork and room for our imaginative play area (this pic was took when it was still set up with Savannah animals). On the closet door you can see our mini pocket chart (Target dollar spot). Silas uses this one quite a bit.
And now to show you the scary unorganized part of the classroom. In my defense all the books are categorized together nicely. The 3 drawer cart is full of books and it rolls out so I can get to books behind it nicely. The princess backpack is Annabelle's nature walk bag. The top shelf hold paints, stamps, construction paper, playdoh stuffs, and dot markers. (These things we use weekly....sometimes daily). Eventually I would like this to look much nicer. Time, finances, and space are all roadblocks that get in the way at the moment. :) And I know for the homeschooler it isn't hard to believe, but to the other wonderful people that read this blog and may not believe it due to the sheer volume of books: Yes, yes we do read all of them! :)
Really looking forward to seeing everyone's rooms on the blog hop! Happy blogging.