Eeeeep! I am So Excited to share with you today!
Call me Crazy Krista, but I have officially just finished our big bedroom switch-a-roo of 2013!
We need a few finishing touches, but the best part is done.
And that, my friends, is our new classroom!! Eeeek!
Prepare yourself for picture overload!
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Welcome to our classroom oasis.
This is one of those panoramic pictures, taken on my phone. So if you feel a little bit like you’re in a fish bowl, that’s why. This is the view from the door when you walk in.
Here is the view from the other side of our room. This room has to be a little bit multi-purpose for a while. In order to make this school room possible, the boys are now sharing a bedroom. But sometimes Dex still wakes up in the middle of the night. And when the happens, we need a place to go so he doesn’t wake Judah up. So this room also has a changing table and rocking chair for those midnight cries/feedings.
To the left of the closet doors is the changing table. On the bottom shelves of the changing table are all of Dex’s age-appropriate works. Doesn’t necessarily mean that’s all he plays with. But it’s there nonetheless.
The tacklebox to the left of the changing table has lots and lots of shells that we are going to start labeling and learning about. It also has quite a few fragile language objects my mom purchased for us. He loves opening up that box and seeing all the delicate objects and shells and using them with his moveable alphabet.
On the other side of the closet doors is our large world map that we use to discuss our continents, etc. We are currently decorated for Christmas, also. 🙂
To the other side of the door that you enter from is a large entertainment center we have had for years from Ikea. It houses the majority of Judah’s works. And although it isn’t traditionally child level for a montessori room, it actually works out well for us because I’m able to keep some lessons out of reach from Dex. Things that require glass, small objects, etc are available for Judah to still use, but not available for Dex to touch.
To the left of the changing table (back to the other side of the room), is a little nook. I put our tall desk there where Judah can do work out of Dex’s reach. We also have our calendar, our weather chart, our musical instruments, and those awesome, handy hanging baskets from Ikea with some classroom essentials.
The green aprons hanging on the star hooks are also from Ikea and work really well for art.
Moving along to the other side of the room, we have more Ikea shelving which I love for our work because I don’t need trays. Judah can easily pull out the individual trays and bring them to his rug or table.
Next to the recliner is our bookshelf. I took our folding gymnastics mat and propped it up like a bench. I just covered it with a duvet cover we don’t use anymore and it makes the perfect little reading corner. It’s nice and cozy with a few blankets and pillows. And my favorite part: it’s right next to the heater vent. Toasty.
Our art, or any daily paper work that we do hangs up on our little hanging string above our reading mat.
In the wicker trunk are toys for Dex to use at his leisure. Available, but out of sight. We also have our rugs rolled up in a little bin, our grammar farm and our chore chart hanging on the wall.
This bedroom has an attached bathroom, which was a huge factor in our reason for moving our schoolroom. We are now able to do practical life lessons with ease. Judah can wash any dishes in the bathroom, prepare snack, and doesn’t have to go far to use the potty.
Since this is our almost-never used guest bathroom, we have the cat food and litter box in here, too. It’s part of Judah’s daily chores, so it’s the first thing we do each morning when we go upstairs for school.
There is a huge linen closet in this bathroom that we barely use, so we have a nice little dish drying station there as well. There’s a stool under the sink for Judah, also. I just hid it away because it’s been on my “to paint” list for two years. Yep. Awesome.
Back inside the classroom is a huge closet that is all mine! I have all of my office supplies, art supplies, practical life dishes, small manipulatives and much more.
I got this baby at our local Meijer grocery story, but you can find them at home depot or Amazon. They are meant for hardware, but I labeled mine and am starting my beautifully organized collection of labels for our works. Love!
These little do-dads have been a lifesaver. Just slide them over the center of the door, and kids can’t open the doors. Great to keep both boys out of Mommy’s stuff! (I found those at babies-r-us).
Lastly, I emptied out our hall linen closet (didn’t have much in there to begin with), and it now houses all of my extra lesson materials. I have them categorized by subject, which works best for me.
And there you have it! I am so pleased with how it is working out for us so far. We’ve been up there for a couple weeks now, and we just love it up there. It’s so cozy and comfortable. When I’m upstairs getting dressed or getting ready in my bathroom, the boys are able to go in there and I know they aren’t getting into any trouble.
If you see anything in my pictures and have a question about it, feel free to ask.
I would also love some suggestions! It’s still such a work in progress.
Anything you can think of that could benefit our little classroom?
I’ve linked up to Living Montessori Now. Go check her out!