Every year in the summer I attempt to reorganize our school space. We live in a very tiny home, and as such do not have a dedicated schoolroom. What we do have is an eat in kitchen, and a livingroom that is used for everything from relaxing, school work, a playroom, animal room etc. This year the reorganizing project took on a whole new meaning when I finally finished off the renos in the livingroom AND most importantly the fish tank on top of my IKEA expedit 4x4 unit cracked and by morning the wood at the seam of my expedit had swollen and cracked causing the entire unit to need to be emptied and removed befor it collapsed. I had books lined up on that expedit 2 rows deep in every cubby plus laying stacked on top of those rows. So this made for a challenging problem.
Problem #2 was that I am preparing to open a home daycare, and need the kitchen space to put the leaf back in the table and add more chairs around it. To do so I needed to use smaller shelving to hold the school books or it would be too crowded to get around.
So the school books are now going to be stored on a small 3x3 cubby unit from walmart. When I say small I mean the entire unit is the size of 2x2 section of the expedit. Yikes! double yikes is that I believe strongly in using living books to learn with which means we have TONS of books and now just a tiny space to hold them. That isn't even counting the books being stored for future use and not scheduled this year.
So I have the books needed for the first 6-10 weeks of the school year (depending on the student) and the rest are in boxes, bins and piles in my back mudroom waiting for me to figure out what to do with them. They are all needed for this year so I don't want to tuck them too far away but my goodness there is a lot of them.
Anyway, the reorganization project is nearly done, so here is our work space for the coming school year.
|Our big white board, bulletin board and AAR pre-level 1 capital letter chart. This wall is perpendicular to the one with the bookcase and right next to the opening to the entrance way.|
|Manips are stored in plastic shoeboxes on a shelf in the front entrance. They need some reorganization too, but this works to store them and keep them close at hand even if it does not make the entrance overly beautiful|
|Promise not to tell about this mess? This is my back mudroom. It is a tiny room that already had my pantry, dryer and deep freeze in it. Now it is filled with books that have no place to go temporarily|
|Between the dryer and the back door is the bins of science kits and supplies and other random odds and ends that also need a new way to be stored.|
So that is the current progress of the reorganization project. I have a few small things to take care of to finish up before dealing with the backroom and finishing the lesson planning for 1st trimester.