I thought I’d give you a tour of our schoolroom…
It’s nice and sunny in the mornings, which helps me stay motivated! It also makes winter mornings in this room more inviting.
This tray was inspired by an excerpt in The Creative Family, and I put our copy of A Child’s Calendar behind it. A continual struggle on my part is the effort to make the schoolroom more beautiful, and less utilitarian-looking. I want it to be a nice place to be.
Andrew’s efforts to make the schoolroom more beautiful include mounting pictures on the wall using a glue stick.
The main wall contains our maps and the prints of the artist we’re studying. This term’s artist is Sandro Botticelli (he painted The Birth of Venus, among others)
This is where some of the kids’ books live; the bulk of their library is in their room. Also, Cameron and Ben keep their school things in those wooden boxes, and the Rescue Heroes hang out in the box down below. Above the shelf you see a magnetic strip where I can change what’s hanging (there you see some pictures of animals from The Burgess Animal Book). To the right stands a cabinet which is OFF LIMITS (thus the signs) and contains our more expensive art supplies, math manipulatives, mom’s office supplies, etc. The boys are allowed in here, but they must first ask permission.
Here are the clipboards we use for drawing nature outside. The bottom one says “nuevo” because viejo (old) and nuevo (new) were two of our Spanish vocabulary words that week.
I was far more organized going into school this year, which has made our adjustment a breeze. I hope to make it that way every year.