Monday, August 8, 2011

my “tidy cause school isn’t in session yet” classroom tour





I daydream about my school room looking like I moonlight for IKEA on the side. 


A girl can dream, right?


But the reality is…I have too many kids, not enough time, too many dishes (and sheesh…now I just remembered the load of laundry I need to get in the dryer before it starts to smell too!) and not a stretchy enough budget to have the homeschool room of my dreams today.  I’m not super patient, either.   


But in the meantime…this is how I make due.  Do not be deceived.  It only looks so tidy because we have not officially started school yet and the Hubs watched the kiddos yesterday so I could clean!  He’s sweet like that.  Smile 


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I use the IKEA trofast system for our workboxes.  LOVE.  Only, I can’t seem to figure out how I want to label them?  Sigh.


I store Trevy’s Montessori trays waaaaay up high on the top desk shelf (pictured above).  Where his curious little fingers cannot reach.  Thereby preventing his curious little mouth from choking on the pattern blocks we’re using this month for at home fine-motor therapy.  Actually, I have to make sure all the workboxes are Trevy proof.  He’s very oral which means no scissors, crayons, or glue stix in the boxes for us.  Modifying is fun though.  Forces me to be creative.     


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I found the bulletin boards (pictured above) at Staples for a $5 steal!  Yes, I’m bragging. Smile  They’ll be replacing the poster board centers I used last year. 


So far I have mounted little pocket charts I picked up in Target’s $1 section.  I’m planning to use them for their workboxing schedules.  Not sure what will fill the remaining space yet.   


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Trevy has the two workboxes on the far left.


Bristel (1st Grader) has the four in the middle.  I double up subjects in the boxes.


Toby (5th Grader) has the green boxes over on the right. 


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I just think my Chick a Chick a Boom Boom Tree is too cute not to share.  I didn’t make it though.  Trevy’s home therapist gets props for that.  I did however laminate the alphabet letters.  Soooooo…



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  1. Oh I too ADORE IKEA! Which I guess the fact that the closest one is TWO HOURS away is a good thing! If I had a shopping spree there, oh my...the joy that would bring! LOL! I think your Chick Chicka Boom tree is cute!

    I got my weather graph from Confessions of a Homeschooler--here is the link to the graph:

    thanks for stopping by! I'll be checking back in to see how school goes for you!

  2. Cute room! LOVE Ikea, too! I'm stopping by from the (Not)Back to School blog hop.

  3. I love the organization in your room! I especially like the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree, too! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh Ikea, how I love you!! And your trofast system and billy bookshelves.

    Great room!!! I've got one or two, or 15, Ikea pieces myself. LOL

  5. I guess I really need to go to IKEA (or maybe not)! I've been putting it off, scared of the obsession . . .super cute room!

  6. sad, sad confession.... I have never been to IKEA.... But I really like what you have done! I like how ordered it is. {and I like your Chika-Chika tree :) }

  7. I really like that IKEA shelving. I've never seen it before. The Chick a Chick a Boom Boom Tree is really cute too. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Looks good! My daughter is a fan of your Chicka Tree =)

  9. Thanks, Girls. I'm a big fan of positive reinforcement! :)

    Only next time I'm not confessing that I didn't make the tree...


  10. Love your school room. I am in the middle of finding a new system, maybe one that works this time so I would be horrified to post pictures. Good on you!

    Best wishes
    Jen in Oz

  11. Great setup! I LOVE a tidy schoolroom.

  12. Great schoolroom. I've never been to Ikea either, but I love the bins. We used to have a car rug in our schoolroom, too. :)

  13. I love that little car rug! Not that they drive cars on in, mind you. But still...