Currently, we have chosen to home school part-time. We also use our dining room as our home school room. This means at one time I had school materials scattered throughout the living room, dining room, and my room.
I spent a lot of time collecting and re-stacking and putting away and getting out as we began and ended our homeschool days. And my boys had a lot of down time during which they liked to draw on each other (and their little siblings), beat on each other (and their little siblings), run away from the home school area and generally get distracted.
We have two school-age boys and two younger children (4 and almost 2 respectively – scroll to the bottom for some recommendations on how to keep the younger ones busy!)
Then my husband had an extra shelf left over from organizing his business and offered it to me. The skies parted and angels sang. We attached shower curtain hooks and a shower curtain so that when it gets unruly (which is <almost> never) I can just slide the curtain across. Voila!
Whether or not you have a shelf that looks exactly like this, it’s not tough to find something on craigslist or at a garage sale that will work.
I’ve customized what we have on the shelves, and will give you a play-by-play of our “Home School Room”.
Each boy at our house has his own “school box”. I have arranged subjects by file folders and fill them with each days school work. It’s a modified version of the work box system – and you can find more about it at The Homeschool Classroom.
(note: I have modified the workboxes to work for our family – I use a different color for each child, and one for me. I also don’t use it as a chore chart.)
You’ll see my “school box” pictured above. Once the boys finish a folder, they slide it into my box. Then when their box is empty, they know they’re done with school for the day!
Each boy also has their own pencil box with crayons, sharpened pencils, markers, etc. Ideally, these would be kept in their school boxes, but we have an almost two year old who likes to draw on walls and floors and tables – so we keep those pencil boxes up high.
I also created a “card station” that I’m pretty happy with. We make a lot of cards for friends and family and before there was a lot of hunting around and rummaging for the stickers, the markers, the stamps, etc. No longer!
The cards are in the small box above. (I buy blank cards at craft stores. Or my Mom does.)
In the large box are stamps, markers, stamp pads and stickers. Now I can just tell my boys to make the cards and they know exactly where to go.
The top shelves are mostly art/fun shelves. I have our Bible books up high, all in one spot so that every morning it’s easy to locate them.
My pre-school son has a box too, and I thought you might be interested in what we use for him.
- Rod & Staff workbooks for 3-4 year olds. They also have a sweet beginner’s coloring book “Just Learning To Color” for
just a few dollars$1.25!
- a “Busy Bible” that I envied at a homeschool conference one year and finally was able to buy the next. It is so fun.
- lacing cards
- fun Lauri toys that can be found at My Father’s World.
Guest post from Christy Halsell
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