Every summer I like to take time to re-organize and purge our homeschool space/playroom to fit the needs of my kiddos as they get older (they are currently 6, 4, and 3).
While I wish I could have you over for a cup of tea and a tour of our homeschool/play room, these pictures will have to do!
I pray these pictures give you some ideas/inspiration – and if nothing else, make your organizing-loving-heart happy just looking at them 🙂
This is a labor of love, but it’s where we spend a large part of each day, so it’s worth it to me to make it special, peaceful, and functional.
We turned our formal dining room into the homeschool/playroom – so my kids get to play and learn under a chandelier . I bought the rugs are from Aldi in their seasonal section.
The mini trampoline gets a lot of use as the kids burn off energy and do lots of jumping games (jumping phonics, anyone?!). It’s been going strong for 3 years.
The posters on top are a set of Biblical Character Traits.
The words on the wall are vinyl I cut out with my crick that says “Look What We Made” and holds the kids’ artwork and drawings on rotation.
This area got the biggest changes this year and we’re heading into 1st grade and the girls are more interested in sitting and doing “school” with us.
This summer we upgraded to a larger table because we had outgrown the little kid one. We bought this small kitchen table from Wal-Mart. It was inexpensive, easy to put together, and durable. The art supply caddies are from Michaels.
I know I’m going to get a lot of questions about the maps, so I’ll tell you now: I bought these before my first year of teaching (many moons ago!) for $5 each at Wal-Mart. They are Trend International and sometimes pop up on Amazon from time to time. They’re currently unavailable, but you can add them to your wishlist to be notified if/when they do become available: US Map | World Map
The number posters are from you clever monkey.
I also moved in a shelf to hold all of our homeschool books, supplies, games, and manipulatives:
Most everything on this shelf (besides the books and curriculum) are from Amazon, the Dollar Spot at Target, and the Dollar Tree. Here’s a list of a lot of our homeschool must-have supplies.
Our coloring and sticker center – the bins are from the Dollar Tree.
I also have a separate bin for library books. The kids are well-trained to put them back in the bin so they don’t get mixed in with ours. We also have a big basket of books in the living room and many library books end up there.
Our books, puzzles, magnets, and little character toys. I sorted the books (loosely) by category so I could more easily find specific books I was looking for. The kids do pretty well in putting them back in the cubby they came from.
More toy storage. One of the best changes I made this summer was sorting their dress-up clothes (in the gray bench) from all the accessories. The top drawer holds hats, crowns, and jewelry. The middle drawer holds purses and bags (to hold their treasures since they’re baby hoarders!). The bottom drawer holds their dress-up shoes aka glass slippers.
I made these picture labels for everything so that I wouldn’t be the only one who knew where things went! 🙂 Now it’s easy for my kids, or a baby-sitter, (or my husband!) to help put things away.
Two big things my kids play with every single day: The kitchen and the massive princess dollhouse.
This is a labor of love, but it’s where we spend a large part of each day, so it’s worth it to me to make it special, peaceful, and functional for our homeschooling adventures.
I hope these pictures give you some ideas/inspiration – and if nothing else, make your organizing-loving-heart happy just looking at them!