I am so excited about our classroom this year! When I started homeschooling, our “classroom” was the kitchen table and that worked really well for us, but a few years ago it became apparent that some of my kids needed a different, more structured environment and we converted our family room into a homeschool classroom.
Last year, it worked really well, but there were a few things that I wanted to do to maximize the space. There were also a few things that weren’t working like our huge games cupboards that were taking up so much space and were hardly able to house anything inside because the shelves were broken. So those got moved out and I put in this Ikea Expedit unit that makes good use of the space and also allows the kids to see the board games which increases the likelihood that they will pull them out more often.
The other thing that wasn’t working is the white door to the outside that we don’t use as a door, but it still takes up room and gives me less useable wall space. Last year, I put the games cupboards in front of it which at least hid it, but with those being gone this year, I wasn’t sure what to do with this big white metal door in our homeschool room. And then it came to me…chalkboard paint!
Now, the door blends in better because of the colour and it is USEABLE space. Instead of a door, I now have a magnetic (because the door is metal) chalkboard!
I changed the configuration as far as where the desks, workboxes and table are and got a new whiteboard as ours was broken. I made sure to get one that I could also use to hang pocket charts on as that is what I’m going to use as a chore chart system this year and I got one with bins so that I can make our weekly sensory bin right in there and have it in the classroom with us. (Last year I had the sensory bins in the next room and it was a bit awkward.)
I changed a lot of my organization methods for this year (there will be a post on my homeschool organization next week) and therefore some of my systems for organization are in the room such as a shoe organizer to hold the craft supplies and file boxes to hold larger items such as puzzles, science experiments, craft items, board games, and activities for our theme units.
Here are a few views of our classroom. The lighting is really bad because I took the pictures tonight after dark, but these give the general idea.
we converted a fireplace into a corkboard last year and it continues to work really well
The kids are pretty excited about the new look of the room. It’s a bit more “classroomy” than I would like, but I think it’s going to be extremely functional for us. Now the biggest question I hear is “please can we start school today?”!!!