Monday, August 23, 2010

School Room and a New Year

Hello! Today was the first day of school and we have been hard at work for the past few weeks on a school room project. This room has had a few different looks over the years...

August 2007

School room
August 2008

School room
March 2010

We moved the piano into the family room which gave us enough room for this wall unit and desk. All of the new furniture is from IKEA.

Phillip put everything together and the kids and I organized all the old and new books.


For those interested, I will list our curriculum for this coming year. Up until now, we have used Sonlight, but are adding some new things, including outside classes specifically for homeschoolers. We are also meeting with a possible grammar tutor (for the girls) tomorrow evening for some extra help.

Grace (7th grade)
At home:
Math: Math-u-see
Language Arts: Abeka
Typing: Mavis Beacon
Outside classes:
English I (they are reading 4 novels with focus on spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension)
Science: Apologia General Science
American History (includes speech, debate, and plays)

Emily (6th grade)
At home:
Math: Math-u-see
Language Arts: Abeka
Typing: Mavis Beacon
Outside classes:
Science: Apologia human body
American History (includes speech, debate, and plays)

Benjamin (4th grade)
At home:
Math: Math-u-see
Language Arts: Abeka
Science: Bob Jones
History/Geography: Abeka
Typing: Mavis Beacon
Outside classes:
"Friday School" is a fun supplement to regular at homeschool lessons. Includes reading/phonics, science experiments, art, history/geography lessons, math facts, PE, music, drama, foreign language, holiday fun, and Show and Tell.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit and taking a look at our new school room!


Unknown said...

I searched for "There is no place like home," and boom - I found my way here!!!

It reminds me of my own home where I did a lot of rearranging. In fact, hubby and I just finished the living room.

I love Ikea! Their stuff are great coordinates that look clean and well-organized.

You did great! :)

Barbara H. said...

That looks very attractive! I love the way you have the boxes spaced in a pattern on the shelves. I wish we had an IKEA here!

Kimberly said...

It looks so lovely, but mostly I am just happy to see a new post from you!

Mel said...

I really love how your room looks now, very streamlined and hip!

Everydaythings said...

it looks fantastic Kelly! just like a proper schoolroom!

what do you do when the children are studying or learning?

Heather said...

Wow, Kelli It looks great! We have the same wall unit and I ADORE it. So very sturdy especially with the books in it. Nice to see a new post. Hope this 100 degree weather is not killing you guys. It is about killing

Just Mom said...

I love how you organized your school room! Sadly, we don't have an IKEA here. :-(

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelli!

It is so good to see a post from you! Your school room is so nicely organized. I have never been to IKEA, but everyone seems to rave about it. I hope you and your children have a wongerful first week of school. Take care.

God Bless,

Arlene G said...

Loved seeing your new class room. I am sure things change as the kids get older. They are not into the cute classroom posters etc....which I must admit I still love. As a matter of fact, I love to put up things in the grandkids corner. Waiting to hang cling fall leaves to the window!!!!

P. said...

All neat and tidy!

Southern Lady said...

I love your school room. Carson just does her work at the kitchen table. It would be so nice to have an area like that. She will be in 7th grade too. We have used some of the same curriculum that you are using. Good luck with the coming year! Carla

Needled Mom said...

Have a wonderful and productive school year ahead.

Huskerbabe said...

Very inviting, it makes me want to sit down and do write an essay. :)

Anonymous said...

The schoolroom looks great. I love seeing how it has changed over the last few years. I am sure you are excited to have so much more organizational space with the new cabinet system.

Hope your first of school goes smoothly as you get back into the routine. :)


Jenn said...

Looks great, Kelli! I am hoping to get some organizational tools once we move into our new house next week. :D

Anna said...

Looks great. I hope to see our room change over the next few years as well. We don't need much space right now for kindergarten though. Enjoy the beginning of your school year.

Troop 2449 said...

I must say that I love your school room. If we had the room I would hope it looked that organized!

Marie said...

Your room looks great. I wish you a wonderful school year!

Kathi said...

Your homeschool room is perfect and orderly, Kelli. I know I have asked this before, but would you please mind telling me again what type and make your camera is? Your pictures are clear and stunning. Thank you. Kathi

moreofhim said...

Love your classroom!! It is so organized and functional. I have never been to IKEA and must do it one of these days.

Thanks for sharing the pics.

God bless you - Julie

Janice said...

It was fun to see the changes in your school room over the years/months. It looks very efficient and nice with the new look. Have a wonderful school year! The summer sure flew by!

Bella @ Lil Daisies said...

Your school room looks so neat or organized! I love it!

Blessings for the new year!


Elizabeth said...

Wow, I am impressed! I have never seen a better school room in my life. You are something else! I hope and pray your school year (don't you love the promise of a new one?) is everything you hope for it to be and more!

God bless!

Lynette said...

Love your new school room, we got the Ikea Expedit desk and bookcase new this year also, we are loving it!

Mindy said...

Your room is so nice and beautifully organized! Wishing you all the best for a productive year!

Katie said...

Everything is so neat and orderly! Looks like a great place to learn, hope you all have a wonderful year of lessons ahead of you.

Unknown said...

Thank you for posting the evolution of your school room. Ours has changed a little over the years but the biggest change came this year too. Your room looks great!

Birds and Blossoms said... inspire me! Home schooling 3 kids AND running an Etsy shop!!!

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Have a blessed week.

Danene said...

Hello~I was wondering if you could share what they use in your daughters English I class? I am trying to put together an English class for my children, and finding it alittle overwhelming to do-trying to cover everything. Any helpful info would be appreciated. Thanks~Danene