Before the big homeschool makeover, there was a room. A cute little attic bedroom for Grandson #3. But Mom made a big decision! A big rearranging the bedrooms decision. The two brothers, ages 22 months and 8 years-old, were going to share a bedroom. This would free up Grandson #3’s current bedroom, turning it into a homeschool room. The troops, Grandma and Aunt Jeannine, were called in to tackle the big homeschool room makeover.
So we catch Mom in the middle of packing up and moving out. We’ll call this the before picture.
The bed had to go. But those shelves were perfect for homeschool organization.
We found these cubbies and magazine boxes in the down stairs pantry and toted them upstairs. But wait, they’re not ready yet.
We rearranged the shelves and combined them with these great little cubbies from IKEA. Now, Grandson #3 is organized and has a great place to display his personal mementos.
Grandson #3 takes music lessons at Great Grandpa’s house each week. During their break time, they head to Great Grandpa’s shop to work with the tools and make “stuff.” This is a one of kind rock sculpture created by Grandson #3 and Great Grandpa. It now has a proper display area.
Grandson #3 also has all of his homeschool supplies at his fingertips.
On the shelves below the small storage cubbies, Grandson #3 contiues the display of his mementos and Mom has a place to organize her homeschool resources and workbooks. Those magazine boxes came in handy.
Now, that the shelves were in order, it was time to tackle the book shelf.
Out with the book shelf . . . in with the inexpensive book boxes. Mom bought these in a pack. Again, very inexpensive.
Book shelves are actually hard to keep tidy and they make it hard to locate books. Now Grandson #3’s books are organized by category. We left the last book box empty, designating it for library books. This makes locating and returning library books much less of a hassle.
This is Grandson #3’s nonfiction book box. Sorting the books into categories and having them all face forward makes them much easier to browse through and to keep organized.
This book box holds Grandson #3’s special collection of classic books. If he reads one, he knows right where to return it when he’s finished.
Notes to self when doing a homeschool room makeover:
Don’t worry about what kind of mess you make in the rest of the house. Everything that needs to come out of the homeschool room should come out. You can deal with the overflow mess later! If you click your heals three times, maybe it will just disappear.
Don’t worry if you have to occupy the kiddos with a game of wii while you work. Some frivolous play time never hurt anyone!
Ask for help. Remember we started the story by bringing in the troops.
In celebration of back to school we are giving away a great read aloud to get the year started.
We’re giving away one copy of A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker.
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
So, what are you doing to get ready for school (homeschool, preschool or public school)? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, August 12, 2010
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, August 13, 2010. Check back it might be you!
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