We have been in the house all winter long. It has been a long winter. Things have gotten unorganized. I don’t do well with unorganized. (I think we have already established that I have some OCD issues…….let’s just pretend OCD is cool)
I have spent the past couple of weeks (and many long nights) giving the school room a MUCH needed makeover.
Now that I have been using the school room for the past 7 months, I have found what works and what doesn’t work. I have determined what I will keep and what goes. (a functional school room makes a WORLD of difference for the teacher)
When the closet looked like this it was nice, but it wasn't functional (to see the “old” school room set up go HERE)
The drawers for each kid were too deep so that once I crammed everything in I had to dig through it all to find what I needed. I don’t like digging. That, and there just wasn’t enough filing space.
So I hauled this big black monster in from our garage. It was not fun. Too bad I am not the swearing type. I think I would have said some choice words. But since I don’t swear, I tried doing what my dad always does when he gets frustrated..... I threw a hammer. Oddly enough, that made me feel MUCH better. :)
It takes care of ALL my filing needs. It rocks!! (Even if it is a monster)
I got these wide slender drawers for the two older kids. Eventually all five of my children will have a set up like this.
Each drawer represents a subject. There is a picture on the left side that tells what subject is in each drawer. (I put everything they need to accomplish that day in the drawer) On the right is a strip of Velcro. (I will explain this in a bit)
On the closet door I have a “personal tasks” chart and a “school tasks” chart. Each task has a picture and title, and is attached to the chart with Velcro.
Here is an example of what the school chart has on it. (It is a good idea to laminate the chart and pictures)
Once a child completes a subject for that day, he/she will take the picture off of the chart
The child will find the corresponding picture on their school drawers
They place the picture on the right side (where the Velcro strip is)
This helps them visually see what they have accomplished and what they have yet to do. It is awesome!!
So as soon as their school drawers look like this……..
And their personal and school charts look like this………… they are done for the day!
Above each chart, I have this list of pictures and subjects to choose from when I am creating their schedule for school each day. (I found an AWESOME homes school blog where I was able to get these pictures and chart. Go HERE to check it out)
And since I am teaching four out of five kids, the charts all look like so
These other things still help me function really well as a teacher. They will stay as they are.
I have also inherited some great children bible study books. I am really excited that the kids are old enough for these now.
A friend of mine was throwing out this write on poster so I took it. Since the kids are memorizing the Ten Commandments, it works really well for them to refer to each day.My friend also let me use this. It has little pictures of marbles that Velcro on to each circle on this jar picture. When the kids and I set goals, we can put a “marble” on the jar. When the jar is “full” we get a prize for completing our goal. Very cool!!!
And of course there is Frankie. We will keep him “hanging” around for a long time. He has been so helpful for the kids to learn the bones of the body. (Plus they think a skeleton in their school room is just cool)
I have also loved the file folder games available in this holder. It works great in our room!! They will stay where they are.
And there you have it! The school room/school closet makeover. I think we are all set for Summer school.........I hope!
Now I need some sleep!