Well, we have a round table that is large enough that my dc can sit at, and I can sit between them to help them both. We moved our school room from a formal dining room area to our basement. It's already a very multi-purpose room, but it has space and after rearranging some things it has worked better than our other area.
The dc wanted new backpacks this year and then I read the idea to use the backpacks for the place to store their school books and supplies each day. Now, just like in other schools, we place these things in their backpacks and park them by the bookshelf.
I only have 2 dc, but I try to color code things for them with their favorite color (folders, binders, erasers, etc.). They know which things are their own and it helps with efficiency.
I also purchased some plastic 4 drawer containers and labeled them to help organize paper, craft supplies, etc. And I assigned them each a drawer so I now have a place to put all of their papers until I can take time to look through and decide what to do with them (portfolio, notebook, trash, etc.). I also use a small caddy that has a handle in the middle and a lid and it's great for holding glue sticks, small scissors, pencils, tape, etc. and then I can carry it to the table or wherever we are working.
We also bought a small trashcan, like the above poster said. There are always little pieces of paper, pencil shavings, etc.
I need to do a better job of organizing all the paper!! Last year I did get most of their papers into page protectors and a large binder, but I know I really shouldn't keep them ALL. I also try to take photos of anything that we can't place in a scrapbook or album, so I don't feel guilty about throwing it away eventually if we have a good photo of a craft or a project we made.
We still love moving around within our school area for different things (table, sitting on the rug in front of the white board, reading on the couch). We also still use other parts of our home, even though we have a "school area," like when I'm done eating and they are not, so I end up reading to them at the kitchen table.
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:41 pm
Our school area is in a multi-purpose room. There is definitely a school area that is different than the other parts of our basement, but we use tables because they work for other things, too.
I keep our library books and book basket upstairs in our living room, where we like to read, but then I have a place in our school area downstairs for the books we aren't currently using.
I use old baby wipes boxes for crayons and markers. I have a little caddy with dividers and a lid for glue sticks, tape, pencils, erasers, etc.
I have a baker's rack that I put cloth storage cubes on and they hold manipulatives, flashcards, the caddy, other boxes of markers and supplies. I also got plastic shelves that I keep craft supplies in and both of my kids have their own drawer for the papers that we don't display on our bulletine board. I also use it as a holding area until we can put them in their binders.
Oh, and for their daily books they each have a bookbag (backpack) where we put things when we are done. The only problem with that is that a couple of weeks ago we had a flood in our basement and everything in the bookbags got wet, but now I will make a place for them on a shelf, off the ground.
I hope these things spark some ideas for you!
Rachel, wife to Doug ~ 1995, mom to J (17) and B (15)
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