Our schoolroom is a work in progress and it probably always will be. As the girls grow and our learning needs change, so will this room. Most of the room is still the same. The basic layout of the room hasn't changed, but I have added some things, taken some things out, and changed some organization, so now it is serving us better.
My red tables are now regular table height and we purchased 4 chairs from Craigslist for $10. They are extremely sturdy, cushioned, and vinyl. The seat height is 16 inches, which works great for Rose, but is slightly short for Beth and much too short for Grace. Grace's booster seat is in her chair and we found a seat cushion at Goodwill for $1 which puts Beth at the perfect height.
This is also our History/Geography corner. I fell in love with the map of the United States with a vintage feel. The best part was I used my Staples rewards from turning in ink cartridges to purchase it. I purchased the world map which looks just like it with my last set of staple's rewards! We also keep all manipulatives related to these topics in this area. I have a few more things I want to add, but so far my favorite is our world map puzzle with the pieces shaped like the countries.
Mr. Bones there on the door will eventually have labels to teach parts of the skeletal system but for now he's just going to be hanging around.
The large blue cube which matches the girls' school work cube holds the materials I use frequently. This includes my current Heart of Dakota guides, All About Spelling books, and teachers guides for grammar and math from Rod and Staff. I also have several small folders which contain lesson plans and our state-required attendance forms. We live in NC and our state is extremely easy to homeschool in, but I still keep meticulous records in case we are ever questioned. The rest of the blue bookshelf holds various materials we use frequently, but don't use as often.
One thing I knew I wanted in our corner were field guide posters. We also have smaller, individual matching field guide posters in a notebook for each of the girls. These were very inexpensive too! I searched and searched for posters, but everything I found was $15 or more. These are a set of 16 posters from Smokey the Bear which cost $10.50 for 15 large posters and 4 sets of small posters. This is not a misprint! The catch is the posters come in bulk. I got together with several of my homeschool friends and we chipped in to purchase these. If you're looking for poster sets like this take time to see the 8 1/2 x 11 size as well as the 20 x 30 size. Six of us went together to get these and it is one of my favorite purchases so far!
I will add to this as we continue school, but the one big thing on my wish list is a microscope. I'd also love a telescope, but I'm not quite sure how to fit it in the room yet! For now we're learning the order of the planets through a great set of posters I found through Pinterest.
Thanks for taking time to stop by and see our schoolroom. Let me know what you think!