If I was a decorator blogger I would have taken before pictures, but I am not a decorator blogger so you’ll just have to take my word for it: our playroom/schoolroom needed a makeover. It was the playroom/schoolroom equivalent to our neighbor who wears pouffy bangs and t-shirt clips and pumps with socks (oh yes, she does, even to mow the lawn).
We had “builder beige” walls, bookshelves that were always sort of a mess, and the alphabet and Bible verse posters on the wall that we’ve been referencing for the past three years of homeschooling were, as Hannah was heard to remark, “looking sort of scraggly.”
On a whim, the day we got home after a 16 hour drive from South Carolina, I decided the playroom needed to be painted. Josh helped, which is amazing after he drove 16 hours with Veggie Tales blaring in his ear and the children kicking the back of his seat the whole way, but that is how I know he loves me. Anyway, we painted the playroom, upstairs hall, AND the two story wall along the staircase the same neutral slightly warm Fennel Splash color we painted the living room and dining room last year. Then I painted my desk. I didn’t mean for it to look shabby-chic, but it was late at night and I missed a bunch of spots. We rearranged furniture. I did away with the books in bins idea and sorted shelves by school books, read aloud books, my books, and general read alouds. I put all the computer equipment in a cabinet. We hung up maps and made new posters. To pull everything together, I spread out one of the rugs I bought on a business trip to the Middle East long ago and it looks pretty marvelous. And now, without further ado, the grand tour:
The new alphabet posters are for Sarah, who has not yet fully mastered the letters and sounds they make, and for Jack to remember his penmanship. The kids work at the little table for schoolwork or crafts. Above the table is a dry erase map of the United States, because we’re learning states and capitals in geography this year. The bookcase holds school books by subject and school equipment.
For the first time in like 5 years, no baby gate to protect the toys! The kids have done very well keeping the toys in the right bins and keeping the regular read aloud books put away when they aren’t being looked at or played with.
This is the math wall. I arranged the numbers 0-9 to help with place value. Underneath is a big number to help us remember thousands, hundreds, tens, and units. It was very hard for me not to cross that seven. No one here crosses sevens. But the math book doesn’t cross sevens so I’m trying not to confuse the kids.
School starts for us this week and we’re looking forward to it! The kids got a fun dinner at Steak n’ Shake to celebrate the new year, and I’m hoping that we can take the next two weeks to ease into our routine before our homeschool group starts. We’re doing Classical Conversations this year and I think it’s going to be fantastic. In a future post, I’ll talk more about what we’re doing for school this year, but for now, happy first day of school!