|School Room and Work Table|
Thankfully, my fellow h/s mom Beth turned me on to Sue Patrick's Workbox system. I loved the workbox system because my kiddos knew how much work they had left in a day. They could work somewhat independently and I could schedule breaks, games, music practice, etc into our days. Then after endless googling, I found someone using the system with EXPEDITS and I was HOOKED! And once I found out I could buy the same shaped bookcase at IKEA for a lot less, I was set! So after aquiring 4 more EXPEDIT shelves of varying sizes, we were ready to go! In case you can't tell, I <3 EXPEDIT! My only complaint about the EXPEDIT is that I do not <3 the boxes and inserts IKEA sells and designs for the EXPEDITS. (And that IKEA discontinued the walnut finish before I had a chance to buy the desk attachment for my office, but that is a different room.)
So I had the shelves, I had a system, and I definitely had the books but I needed a way to organize the system into the shelves. I found super cute workbox tags from Mama Jenn and since they had pics, Magnolia can "read" her mini-schedule too! (I secretly hope eventually she will recognize these as sight words too!) We initially tried crates, but that just did not jive with my kiddos. I had a few of the plastic colored file boxes from the Target dollar bins, but not quite enough. Other folks had used the itso boxes from Target, but at $6 a box, and I could only find 2 at a time in the store that was way over-budget and over-hassled. I googled like crazy for boxes, and eventually settled on smaller white sorting boxes from Akro-Mills through Amazon. We used them all spring and they worked fairly well, but the workbooks did not fit great in the boxes so this year as the back to school stuff came out, I bought a few more of the file boxes at Target and now we are using a mix of the Akro-Mills and the file boxes. We do not have all our new boxes tagged and ready to go yet as I have to find more velcro tape!
We also have a 4-square EXPEDIT that we use as our home altar with religion books and supplies in the boxes.
|Magnolia's Little Space|
Finally, our school table is an awesome piece. It is of custom formica table that was my parent's kitchen table for years growing up! My favorite thing about it is just when I think we can't get it clean, a little SoftScrub and elbow grease and it is bright shining white again!
|Random New Bulletin Board|
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