Monday, August 9, 2010

{Not} Back-to-School Blog Hop: Schoolroom!

While browsing other people's blogs this morning, I was reminded that it's Schoolroom week at Heart of the Matter! Click below to get more details.

Not Back to School Blog Hop

I must admit that I have a tad bit of schoolroom envy this morning. ;) Such wonderful spaces I've seen! Colorful, creative, fun! As you can see from my pictures, we haven't started school yet. Supplies remain in bins, and I've got a couple boxes of curricula waiting for me at the post office.

So we obviously do school at our kitchen table. We no longer have an extra dining area to corral the school goodies, so it's just out there. That would have bothered me back when I started homeschooling. I had desks for the kids, a bulletin board, a cabinet dedicated to "hide school" in our dedicated schoolroom. Well, we live in a smaller house now, so our options are fewer. But I love it! I'll love it even more once I get all of our curricula and organize.

This first picture is it! Like I said, everything is still in bins, but you get an idea.
















We are implementing the workbox system this year. I will blog more about that later, but these are the organizers I found last week.




















And finally, my favorite part of our schoolroom. . .the view. A lush Iowa bean field (and next year it will be a corn field, of course!). :) I love the feeling of openness it brings to our room, even on this humid, rainy day.















I'm really enjoying looking at everyone's setups.

Happy Monday!!!

27 comments:

~Robin~ said...

I love your workboxes! I wish I would have went with these to give us more bins. With ours, we only have six, but I love the concept. Sure puts an end to the, "is it lunch time yet?" whining :)

Becky C said...

I love the view! Gorgeous! And the workboxes sound great. I will follow so I can keep up with your great ideas. Just starting, I need all the help I can get. Thanks:)
Blessings,
Becky C
A Country Classroom

Jennifer said...

The more I see and hear about workboxes, the more I want to find a way to fit them into our small space ... I'll be looking forward to hearing how you use them.

I love your view, too ... it beats our view of houses in the front and houses in the back!

The Everett Family said...

Wow! I would love to homeschool with your view. It looks so peaceful. Thanks for the nice comments on my blog. Have a great year!

Jenn said...

Love it. We are doing the workbox system too this year, it's just what I NEED!! Love the view, too.

Debbie said...

You have the same workbox carts that I do--I've really liked mine.

Shawon said...

I'll trade you for that view:) Great choice on your organizers for the workboxes! This is week number three for us, and everybody loves this system!! Have a great year!

Catherine Anne said...

I LOVE the Organization and Space~ So nice to meet you here:) Blessings Catherine

Yunia said...

what a great view - in awe - have a great school year

Mom Guide said...

Your view is awesome. Have a blessed school year.

rawbanana said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!
I love your schoolroom! I have seen those 12 drawer units at the store and COVET them but I have NO clue what I would use them for. I have a bit of a weak spot for any type of organizational 'container' =) Your view is beautiful!

Grace Wheeler said...

love it!!! Such a pretty, open space!!

Mozer said...

Kari,

Your space looks great! I love the brown walls and your view. I love the carts you are using for your workboxes. I hope you have a wonderful school year when you start!

Sheri said...

oooh, have fun with the workboxes. I love it so much, had to dedicate a blog to em...LOL (http://ideas4theworkbox.blogspot.com)
Looks like you have found a way to do both-live in your space and school too. Nice!

Nicole said...

It looks very organized! I love your view, I live in suburbia and it's nowhere near as pretty.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

It looks great!!! :) I hope you have a wonderful school year!

Brooke said...

It looks so great and organized....oh and I LOVE the view!!!! So beautiful!

Lins said...

Oh my gosh, if we had that much open space, I'd NEVER find my children! Beautiful! Your classroom is so homey and warm!

Rachael said...

I saw your blog and LOVE it. I also saw that you post recipes! I just started a new blog www.sanctifiedsavings.blogspot.com and I am looking for some people to submit some recipes, including the cost. I will link each recipe back to your website. Thanks so much!

If recipes arent your thing my main blog is www.heyrachiekae.com which is all about frugalness, craftiness and homeschooling.

Blessings!
Rachael Hoffmeyer

BTW- I did follow your blog if you would follow mine back?? I hope to see some recipes from you! Any of the older ones you have posted would be great!

Kari said...

Thank you all so much for the nice comments! I am so looking forward to this school year.

@Rachel: Hi, Rachel! Not sure who started the rumor that I post recipes. I rarely even cook! ;)

Carrie said...

Oh, I love your view, too!

This will be our first year to have a designated space ... I've heard several people say they end up back at the kitchen table anyway - b/c that's where life happens!!

Blessings to you as you begin a new year!

richelle jean said...

i love this!!! so beautiful. i was homeschooled growing up so seeing your blog brought back memories!!

Sheri said...

Hi Kari-when I do my lamination, I cut the stuff out first, then laminate them, allowing for about 1/8" cut after-so 1/4" pre-laminated area around them to be sure they melt/adhere. So that is where the practice comes in-you have to allow for room for them to have their "space" without them moving while loading them into the laminator. So I usually pre-fill the page, then remove the last couple rows leaving them in their piles, load the sheet with 1/2-1/3 the stuff already in it-then as it moves (gotta be quick here) peel back half the lamination sheet to quickly add the remaining pieces. Adjust and let it laminate. I can do it where I don't take the end stuff out, but what usually happens is that the stuff shifts, and once the laminator roller gets a hold of em-they are stuck like that. The Scotch one (if that is what you have) is set on a slight angle, and so that helps add to the shifting issue.
Oh, I just spotted the box in your pic...so ya you have that one. Ok, you either take your chances with the tags or learn to be super swift. But if you leave em, then laminate them, without cutting them out first-you will have that peeling issue. Only other option is to take clear packing tape and seal the edges-or try a md. heat iron tip and try to seal that way. I wish they had a pause button on that, but alas-they don't. Is that a bad tutorial? LOL...I could show ya better than explain it-but again-laminating then cutting will cause that issue. HTH

Lisa said...

I love your view!! Your table is just lovely. Your organization is amazing!! Have a super school year.

Tina said...

We're in a smaller space in our new home, too. You have such a lovely soothing area to hs (especially with that view!).

Monica said...

Such a nice area to teach your kids. Love the view too!
Monica at discovertheirgifts.blogspot.com

joyfulwith3 said...

Hi love your workboxes. How are they holding up? Would like to invest in them but didn't see too many good reviews.