Wednesday, August 25, 2010

(not quite) Wordless Wednesday-Our Homeschool Classroom

 I am linking up with Show Me Your Homeschool Classroom blog hop hosted by Mama to 3 Blessings and "Show Off Your Homeschool" Link Up Party hosted by Melissa at The Joys of Home Educating .

We are blessed to have one large room designated for our classroom in our home.  This photo is the view from the entrance of our classroom.

In one corner of the room is a closet that I have art supplies/manipulatives/resources stored in and an art area.  I won the art table several years ago and we have enjoyed it alot!

Books, books, and more books!  One of the many bookshelves in our home.

My two of many "Trash to Treasure" finds.  I found the bookshelf that's in the background at a yard sale.  I didn't have to think twice about buying it.  This is the shelf where books that the children made are stored and our library books are stored here to help us not lose our books that need to be returned so that we don't have to pay library fines again!   I got the small, blue and red table from my neighbor many years ago.  She was going to throw it away because one of the legs was broken.  So we just fixed the leg and painted it and it was good as new! 

This is another bookshelf that holds all our religious books/resources.  I hope to do a blog post soon on some of the great Catholic resources I use with my children!

Our magnetic dry-erase white board that is new for this year.  The kids and I have really enjoyed this.  I am able to store my All About Spelling magnetic letter tiles on the board (these are the blue and red tiles on the right side of the board.)  Then on the left side I have my kid's lesson plans hanging up with magnets.  They refer to these plans to see what is scheduled next for their workbaskets or workboxes.  Then they are able to put a check mark in the designated box on their plans when a subject/activity is completed.

Workbaskets for my three older children.  The green basket on the far right is where I store all my teacher manuals where I can quickly grab a manual to start a lesson. Last year I wasted lots of time searching for manuals that were thrown into baskets and on my bookshelf!

Workboxes for all my children

Chore chart for classroom chores (more details coming in a future post)

Close-up shot of classroom chore chart (more details coming in a future post)

Daily chore chart set-up just inside the classroom entrance (more details coming in a future post)

4 reasons to be thankful and to motivate me to keep going on this homeschool journey...

This photo was taken on the first day of school this year and they are working on their "Tee-rific t-shirts" for the "Tee-rific Summer" bulletin board.  
And no, this is not what my school days look like ALL the time or even half the time.   It is an exception in our homeschool day to see everyone on task at the same time doing the same thing for at least 1 minute so that I can take a picture!

Be sure to check out my post from yesterday where I am giving an "UN-birthday" gift to someone by having   a hand-made jewelry giveaway and you can read all about it here.


Mama to 5 said...

VERY nice! I LOVE your blog - you have one of the nicest schoolroom's I have ever seen! 1st time visiting your blog, now a follower! Thank you for linking up to my Show me your homeschool classroom! Look forward to reading more of your posts!

Thanks so much Nicole for your nice compliments and following my blog :) Thanks again for your Homeschool classroom hop. It's always nice to "be in someone else's classroom" through pictures!
Some of my friends get intimidated when they walk into my classroom and think they could never homeschool because of lack of space or not having a room designated for homeschooling like mine.
I have the "ideal" situation, I think, but when I first started homeschooling while we were building our home, school was done in a 1400 square foot home in a small dining room. So homeschooling can be done anywhere no matter the room size as we all know.
Like I said, I am blessed with the space that I do have and I'm happy to be able to share my ideas and blessings with others and link up to your wonderful blog! I look forward to following your blog. You always have great ideas and posts!

Jen said...

Wow!! That's a great room!! How neat that you have a space that you can devote to schooling!!

Anonymous said...

Great minds think alike - I just posted my own schoolroom entry! Yours is so much more organized and thorough, I hope I can aspire to a similar setup as we move along in our homeschool journey.

Wow what a fantastic room. I have school room envy:)

Jenn W. said...

Wow! Very nice Tracy!

Thanks Jen for stopping by and leaving a comment! I just visited your blog and left a comment for you! Happy belated birthday!

Mozer said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I'm jealous of the natural light you get in your classroom! What a wonderful set-up you have here.


Hi "Nottwins"! Thanks for stopping by and your comment! I just made a couple of comments on your schedule post and your homeschool room post.
Happy Homeschooling!

Oh one more thing "Nottwins" I just clicked another vote for your blog on the Picket Fence :)

Hi Anna-Marie, "the Adventurer". Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! I clicked a vote today for you on the Picket Fence!
Have a good rest of the week!

Thanks "Jenn" for your comment and stopping by my blog!

Thanks Maureen for visiting and posting your comment. Thanks also for following my blog! I clicked a vote for you today on the Picket Fence :)
Happy Homeschooling!

Anonymous said...

AWE! Thank you for the mention (tomorrow). That's so cool! I love that you found me because of our birthdays! Can't wait to read your post... Im definitely going to enter your contest :)

Hi Christelle @ "beloved Mama"! I'm looking forward to the post being published so people can check out your great blog :) Thanks for entering the my giveaway too :) Share it with other bloggers too because Cameron Smith's artwork is too incredible not to share with the world :)
Have a good night/day tomorrow!

Kylie said...

Great room Tracy. Looking forward to seeing future posts about some of the things you are using. :-)

Hi Kylie! Thanks for your visit and comment! I stopped over at your blog and I really enjoyed reading your "how do you spend your time online" post. Your post got me thinking that I really should get more of a set schedule with posts because there is so much I want to post and so little time!

HI there just stopping by from the Boost my blog Friday stop by and say Hi and tell me why your smiling this Friday. I wish that I was that organized in anything.

Ginger said...

Beautiful room, Tracy!

Hi Valery! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am your newest follower and "Like" your FB blog page :) I left a comment on your blog, FB blog page and voted for you on the Picket Fence!

Thanks Ginger! Thanks for your visit too!
Have a blessed day!

I always love seeing people's living spaces. What a great room set-up! I love your many bookshelves!

Hi Heather!
Thanks for stopping by and your comment! I just stopped by your blog and left a comment under your "sponsored child" post. (Sorry I can't remember now the title of the post). I am your newest follower also!
Have a blessed day!

Melissa N. said...

Tracy Oh My Gosh that rocks! You are truly blessed! That room is awesome. I would love to have a room for all that! Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up! have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

What a great set up you have! I love your organization and all of the unique decorating you implemented. Awesome! Hope you are having a great year. Following you from Melissa's Hop :)

Thanks Melissa for your link up party and for your comment! I've enjoyed seeing your learning spaces as well as others!

HI Robin!
Thanks for visiting and commenting! It's been fun to visit your homeschool and I am following you! Have a blessed weekend!

Mary said...

What a great space, I love it! You are so organized.


Tracy said...

Wow! Your homeschool rocks! It looks so fun and colorful.

What a great classroom you have there! The workbaskets and workboxes are great ideas. Looks like everything is so well organized! Popping over from Melissa's link up. :)

Anonymous said...

What a cheerful, inviting homeschool room!! I'm sure the kids really enjoy working there. Thanks for letting us peek!

Jennifer said...

A designated classroom! This looks wonderful. I'm visiting from the homeschool room linky party.

Aimee said...

Love your big, open schoolroom! Those big white boards are the best, aren't they?

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