Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sneak Peek: A NEW New Room

Pin It Remember when we transformed Madelyn’s old bedroom into our school room back in February? Well, since the school year began in August, this space hasn’t had much use. The desks, as much as I love them, allow little room for me to sit with the kids and guide their learning process. By the end of the first week of school, the dining room table started serving as our main learning area. I liked being able to see what everyone was working on, and I could multi-task much easier by all of us being at the same table. I began brainstorming about how to make changes to the school room in order to make it work for us.

One day, a magical blog post at Confessions of a Homeschooler gave me a great visual of what I could do to our room. I became so obsessed with her school room, on top of having a great reason to go to Ikea, that I checked the pictures out several times a week for almost 2 months while making a list of items I liked and wanted for us. CJ agreed to an Ikea trip at the end of October/early November.  After waiting patiently for about a week, I began to drive him nuts with my begging and he agreed to go sooner. Lining up a babysitter beforehand worked in my favor.


Saturday we drove to Cincinnati and back. I spent that evening helping my friend put together my furniture. By “helping” I mean I talked to her while she did most of the work. I did manage to put some furniture together by myself on Sunday because deep down I actually do enjoy this type of work…it’s a productive way to take out frustration. Here is where we are at so far:

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CJ still has to hang a white board, maps and posters. We also need blinds or curtains. The light is blinding in the morning!

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Can’t wait until everything is finished! I’m happy to have my dining room textbook and worksheet free again!


  1. Love, love, love the new look of your blog...as well as your school room! I was going to comment last week, and I completely forgot. I saw the IKEA table on COAH's blog, and I told Josh that I wanted it too!! I love the space. Our tiny table isn't working so well this year with 3 kids {and lots of books} sitting at it. I'll have to start saving!!

  2. I have to agree about desks not working. They didn't really work for us either! We have actually moved out of the basement and up into our side living and dining area. We have an extra dining room table, but I'm looking into getting rid of it and refinishing a rustic picnic table with benches (because I don't like to formal dining look!). We often end up outside, on the floor or on the couch anyway! I don't really like to feel of everyone at desks. :) I love your new look and the new room! :)

  3. This looks awesome! Does it help the little ones to 'go' to school?

  4. Yes! It seems to get them ready to have fun and learn as they enter the room. We use the whole house during the day, but I wanted a room dedicated to all things homeschool! :)