Here are my after pictures of my schoolroom. I am very happy with the results. It has been ready for almost two weeks now, and it still looks this neat! So far, we are doing a good job of tidying up after each school day. I know that at some point the schoolroom will get messy, but right now I am enjoying it!
a view of the whole room from the door you enter
(I know these pictures aren't the best.....)
The U.S. and World wall maps are new. We use our globe every day to locate places, so I knew that these wall maps would come in very handy. I tried to hang them high enough so that the cats couldn't reach them. A couple of years ago I hung a U.S map in the schoolroom closet, and those cats shredded the bottom of the map!
I moved the piano to the center of the wall, and I moved a small desk (to the right of the piano) from across the room to this wall. This serves as Clay's workspace.
Here is a view from the opposite of the room. Behind me are doors that lead to the bathroom, a small closet, and our storage/crafting/sewing room.
Jimmy raised my marker board, and I put the white bookcase underneath it. The tall cabinet to the right of the marker board used to be where the piano is now. We call that our paper cabinet. My cabinet maker originally built it for my girls' bathroom, but it took up too much space. So it has always been in my schoolroom, and it has always held school supplies and all kinds of paper.
One side of the schoolroom. This is the wall between the entry door and the bathroom.
I moved this desk down the wall to the left to make room for the tall bookcase. This computer is for all of the children to use. The little space at the left end of this desk is Julie's workspace. The books to the left of the computer are Julie's schoolbooks, and the books to the right are the children's test binders, and a couple of my binders.
The shelf underneath the marker board holds Olivia's and Julie's history and literature books. They are sorted by subject, and I have labels on the spine of each book.
This shelf holds Cores Pre4/5 and Core A (Sonlight) plus three boxes of categorized science books. Those books have been sorted in those blue and purple bins for a few years now. The cups on top are holding pencils, pens, scissors, etc.
Clay's workspace. I hope he is looking at the world map often!
The cabinets at the end of the room.
All of my extra schoolbooks are stored in these upper cabinets. The cabinet on the far right contains all of our painting supplies. The lower cabinets store various craft kits and supplies. The filing drawers hold all of our household and school-related files. I cleaned these out this summer. What a huge job that was!
The four black boxes on top are all Sonlight boxes. I have each child's name on them, and they hold their current Sonlight readers, read alouds, history, and geography books plus my teacher's guide. The fourth box is Leah's and Sam's Core B science box.
A new slipcover for this rocking chair!
This rocking chair belonged to Jimmy's grandmother, and he had it in his apartment before we were married. I have had it recovered twice, and it was threadbare and cat-shredded! I have rocked and rocked all five children in this chair! It used to be in the children's rooms. I have also used it in my bedroom and in various living areas of our homes. Once we moved here, it has always been in the schoolroom, because I knew I would be rocking babies down there too! I have slept many nights holding a baby in this chair!
This is the first time I have bought a slipcover. It does not stay on very well due to the design of my chair rather than the fault of the cover. However, the overall look is very nice, and it is soft.
This shelf holds from top to bottom:
miscellaneous history books
reference books, teacher manuals, a box of science books
Core C Sonlight books, 2 science boxes
Core W Sonlight books, 2 science boxes
Core F Sonlight books
just a close-up so you can see the labels on the book spines
These are the extra books that wouldn't fit in the schoolroom, so I put them on shelves in the closet!
I hope you have enjoyed a tour of my schoolroom!