Welcome to the Super-Awesome Classroom of the Super-Awesome School of Super-Awesomeness!*
Our classroom has changed a lot over the years. Not surprising, since my kids have changed a lot over the years, too!
These tables used to be lined up so the kids could do most of their work together. This year, they each requested their own workspace, so I put them corner-to-corner. You can just make out the empty clothesline on the far wall, waiting to display this year's art and other creations!
We try to keep the tabletops pretty simple. A placemat works as a pad to write on. Most of their supplies are kept elsewhere so they have plenty of space to work.
Here is Super's tabletop. She has a placemat, a new box of 64 crayons (yay!) and a few German flashcards. Apparently she decided to tape a reminder about the order of operations here, too. (Dude keeps a multiplication chart on his table.)
A dollar store napkin holder keeps reference cards handy: shape properties, poetry response prompts, flashcards for making plural nouns, etc.
Super's table is closest to the heater because she is always cold in the winter!
The table in the middle holds each kids' filebox, nature journals, the hole punch, and their giant history binders (looking kind of empty after we cleaned last year's stuff out!)
Other everyday supplies are kept in this area. The blue drawers hold lapbooking supplies, markers and colored pencils, rulers and tape measures, empty folders, new composition books, etc. The white bookshelf has reference books, a couple of workbox-type activities that I put together, the microscope, and our "brain breaks."
(Those are the little activities we do when we need to refocus or just take a quick break.)
This was quite a find! A local bookstore was going out of business (very sad) and I asked if they had any shelves to sell. This awesome rotating bookshelf shows off the beautiful covers of our art books!
This messy bookshelf holds all kinds of things: a few art supplies, some of my teaching materials, the kids' binders, and other random stuff. Past projects of every kind are displayed on top. You can see my disorganized pile of posters and maps in the corner, plus a comfy reading chair covered in a beloved blanket.
This is the extent of my planning "system." I use a Word document to plan our days, normally about a month in advance. This year, to my complete surprise, I'm actually prepared through November! Everything I need for those plans (worksheets, manipulatives, books, whatever) goes into these files. On the left: math up to 11/16. On the right: everything else up to 11/16.
This shelf is right next to my desk and it holds a few math games and whatever books we are using at the moment. As we finish a science or history unit, these books will get put away or returned to the library, and new books will reside here.
Culling a ton of books over the summer allowed us to add this great reading nook. As you can see, Gomez really enjoys hanging out here. He doesn't read (as far as I know) but he enjoys cuddling with readers!
I'm not posting a picture of my desk because it's so clean and organized, it would only make you feel bad. In other words, it's a total pigsty at the moment! And every moment.
We love our classroom, but like most homeschoolers, we can learn anywhere we want! As long as the weather is warm, we'll be spending plenty of time here as well.
Can't wait to see all the other amazing learning spaces on the blog hop! Have a fantastic year learning with your families!
*This is what you get when you let a 1st and 3rd grader name their school.