Last week I shared with you our preschool curriculum for our first official year of homeschooling. This week I will share with you where we school, where we play and how we organize it all!
There are a good amount of pictures, so I am not going to go into specific detail in this post. This post is more like an overview of it all. However, later in the week I will be sharing each part of our school and play area in detail so stay tuned!
Now remember, I have three little girls under age 4 and come January I will FOUR little girls age four and under. So all of these areas you see here get lots of use!
The pictures above and below are from our playroom and is where we spend most of our time and most of our educational materials and toys are stored in here.
We garage sale so almost all of our toys and learning materials are bought very cheaply. I try to buy only what we will use now or in the upcoming year or two. And I try to keep it educational or skill focused. I also purge often throughout the year, selling at consignment sales or donating. This keeps the room and closet from bursting at the seams.
I love that everything has it’s place because it makes clean up very easy!
Our playroom and closet will get it’s very own detailed follow-up post in a day or two, so check back!
Next is where we store all of our arts and crafts materials. I’ve accumulated quite a bit and it took me a while to figure out how to organize it all! After several trips to the Dollar Tree, here is what it looks like…
This is the verse that hangs on the outside of the cabinet. Around the corner from the cabinet is this nifty little storage piece that houses our construction paper, writing paper and dollar store workbooks for the girls to grab at will.
To the right of our arts and crafts cabinet is an area where we store our preschool and tot school items we use often – little table and chairs, Melissa & Doug easel in the background, cubbies packed with scrap paper, flashcards, listening center materials, different kinds of magnets and stamps, audio books on CD, musical CD’s, CD player, art caddy, pointers, etc. I will share this area more in detail later in the week!
Moving clockwise, to the right of our cubbies is our extra long IKEA table picked up in the “As-Is” section. A bench lines the back wall and is a favorite spot of the girls. Our paper roll and Staples desk organizer are off to the far right corner of the table. This table is where we do a majority of our school activities and learning, as well lots of impromptu coloring and working on puzzles!
In the corner, we have our calendar set up with our We Choose Virtues posters. The girls’ lap desks are stored here (and obviously put away by one of the girls!), as well as our ABC books. I think I am going to use this spot to store our library books, though. We also store our Raising Rock Stars Preschool board here. We haven’t started school yet so it all isn’t quite ready yet.
To the right of this area, I have my office, craft, miscellaneous storage area. The bookcases and desk are from IKEA and fit perfectly in this space! The girls play on the computer here and I keep a lot of my “teacher” materials here. I will share this space in more detail later in the week, too.
And last but not least, we come almost full circle of the room, to the left of the arts and craft cabinet and to the right of my teacher area is our take on the workbox system. I was given this cubby cabinet and not really sure what to do with it. I found some dish pans from the Dollar Tree that fit perfectly, made them all pretty and decided to use them as the girls’ workboxes for preschool and tot school. Brylee has the four on the left, Cambria has the four on the right and Hayleigh has the two on the bottom. I am still hunting down two last dish pans to make the space unified but ah well. Hopefully I will be able to share in the coming weeks how this system is working for us!
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Hope you have enjoyed the tour! The areas pictured above will be shared in more detail later in the week, so make sure to come back and check it out!
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