It’s that time of year when we are all busy purchasing curriculum and materials, shopping for supplies, planning our upcoming academic year, organizing our shelves, and setting up our classroom. Some of you are lucky to have a dedicated classroom. That was us last year. We are in a ‘transition’ period, having sold our house, and are temporarily living in an apartment. So, I have had to be especially smart in organizing our ‘classroom’ this year, which essentially is our kitchen/dining room/living room. My husband, Mark, is also not a fan of wallpapering every inch of the house in posters, vocabulary boards, art, etc., so I have had to find a way to put wall displays in binders and books. Here is what we’ve done:
This is our main schooling area. Yup, that is our kitchen table. I am using two heavy plastic desk protectors to delineate two separate work areas. Because they are clear, I am able to put the posters (even themes or targeted letters, colors, or numbers of the week) underneath them for easy access. They are also easily removed come lunch/dinner time. I use the sliding glass door as a place to display art projects; I have window markers so that I can also use it as another dry-erase board.
The shelving units in the back are highly organized. I have four buckets on the bottom two rows labeled as follows: Science, Math, Dry Erase Boards & Chalkboards, Art, Paper, Workbooks, Tools, and Supplies. The kids’ curriculum, reference books, games, etc. are neatly separated. ZooKid’s daily work, Fun Box, and Independent work is in the green files, and Princess Super Kitty’s is in the pink.
I have a reading corner set up in the living room. Each student has their own book box with leveled readers. I use this area for mostly independent reading and quiet time, but it also doubles as a place to cuddle during read-aloud time or a place to play educational games/programs on the iPad.
Here is my desk, with the computer, printer, circle time area, more supplies, and curriculum.
I am using the space under the kitchen nook for more organization and a place for circle time, calendar, and lectures. Both boards are dry-erase boards and magnetic.
One last thing…in the kids’ room, I have a bucket organizer full of different creative activities, including Zoobs, duplos, legos, tinker toys, puzzles, molding clay, play doh, K’nex, creative drawing, spiral art, and connecting straws. My students can grab a bucket if they finish early, need a short sensory break, want to play during recess, or if I need a few minutes to complete a task before I can start their next lesson.
This is how I have tried to make the most of a small space. We will occasionally school outside our home for a change of scenery (more on that later….).
How have you organized your school space this year?
Till next time,