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ABall
08-14-2006, 12:20 AM
http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/141589.php

KrisRV
08-14-2006, 08:17 AM
wow. Amy that is only my dream room for my girls we don't have anything like that. That is so neat. Thanks for sharing.

sixcloar
08-14-2006, 10:13 AM
My dining room doesn't quite measure up to that! :)

ABall
08-14-2006, 11:00 AM
No ladies my dining room table doesn't look any thing like that either but I did think it was neat. (Most houses around here are just one story--except the new very expensive ones). I am going to be putting up a weather center and school like calandar and alphabet chart and taking down some of my coke cola decorations for the cause.

phoenyxstarr
08-14-2006, 11:03 AM
I wish we had a room like that, or even the space in the living room to do something like that, but space is very limited here & we can't even add a room on because we live in a rental house right now. We're going to have to move by next summer though, we have a new baby due Christmas and you can't put 3 kids, even if they are all girls, in the same bedroom. At least not in this house, the rooms aren't big enough.

sixcloar
08-14-2006, 01:47 PM
you can't put 3 kids, even if they are all girls, in the same bedroom

We have 3 girls in the same bedroom. It is the Master BR (It was the biggest, and we did have to give up the bathroom in there). We are also in a rental house, so we have to work with what we have. We have bunk beds with a full on the bottom. All 3 share the same bed. When money is tight, you just have to do with what you have. The difference in price for a 4 BR house here is about $600 a month... WAY more than we can afford!!

When we move next summer, I'm really hoping for a 4BR house. I'm prayng hard about that!!

phoenyxstarr
08-14-2006, 02:06 PM
We have 3 girls in the same bedroom. It is the Master BR (It was the biggest, and we did have to give up the bathroom in there). We are also in a rental house, so we have to work with what we have. We have bunk beds with a full on the bottom. All 3 share the same bed. When money is tight, you just have to do with what you have. The difference in price for a 4 BR house here is about $600 a month... WAY more than we can afford!!

When we move next summer, I'm really hoping for a 4BR house. I'm prayng hard about that!!

You are lucky that your master BR is that big. We gave the bigger bedroom to the 2 girls when we moved in here. Just the girls' beds are in there, we keep the baby's clothes in our room & the older hangs up all her clothes, so that saves on needing a dresser in there. There is no way, that 2 cribs and a twin bed are going to fit in there & leave enough room to walk in there. Although our youngest may be in a toddler bed by Christmas, you never know what she's going to do next. Plus, my sonogram wasn't exactly clear on whethere it's a girl or boy. They think a girl, buy my S-I-L looked at my sonogram and said she saw little boy parts, not little girl parts. DH is hoping for a son anyway. We all know how men are about having sons...

becky
08-14-2006, 03:44 PM
Amy, I took down a good bit of my cow pictures to make room for school stuff. It makes me wish for a whole separate classroom.

AmyU
08-14-2006, 05:54 PM
2 more weeks and I will have a classroom/office. Thats when my daycare closes and my son doesn't need the toy space, he getting kinda older for toys, he only has a few small boxes now. I wish is could be like these peoples class room. But I will just be happy to have a room for all our school stuff, instead of taking up a corner of the living room.

sixcloar
08-14-2006, 08:18 PM
Phoenyxstarr,
I understand about the clothes space. We also gave up the walk-in closet with the MBR. All 4 kids clothes are in it, beacuse my son's closet has no clothes bar, only shelves-- great for toys, but not clothes! :) We have a dresser inside that walk-in closet, beacuse there was no room for another in the BR. Right now 2 of my girls are sharing a dresser, because of space, but there really isn't enough room in it. We have to hold the clothes down and slam the drawer! It makes it hard to teach them to put their clothes away neatly, because really, they can't. When you open the drawer, things fall out!

JenniferErix
08-19-2006, 01:06 AM
I feel like a guilty bunny.....
My kid's classroom / playroom is almost exactly like that!

My husband built a loft bed to fit a queen sized bed, for the twins. It doubles (As you can imagine) as a Fort, Reading Spot, Hiding Spot, Pirate Ship, etc.

My youngest's bed is under that, but it is a flex pace and eventually, it will be a built in corner desk. The loft bottom of the bed is 5 feet up, so an adult (ME) can walk underneath it.

In another room (Our masterbedroom) is our classroom / playroom. This is about 15 feet by 20 feet. There is a large double window on one wall and on another wall, there is a smaller window with a deep window sill. (The wall on that side is one foot thick.) We use this as a science window (Plants and what-nots).

That side of the calss is made of full sized bookshelves back to back, with one side against the wall. There are 6 total, so they look like a small library.

We have a large 12foot by 9 foot rug on the floor. and a sitting level large square table. (Got it from Ikea for $40!) We have an old small end table in a corner with the 21" TV/DVD player on it.

Oh! And we are in a 3 bedroom apartment, so we cannot change the building, like we could in our house. (We did things like "Dutching" the doors. (Cut a door in half, so you can close only the bottom to control the babies. MUCH MUCH MUCH better than ANY baby gate!)

Oh! And we used to have three matching "School Desks" that were FABULOUS for about 2 weeks, then they fell apart and we realised that we just needed some cliboards and a nice open project table...

Here are some photos taken at various times....

This was when the twins were 4.
It was taken in our old house....
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Our Science Window...
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Various photos of classroom/playroom, right after we moved to the apartment.... Again, it is BAREN compared to now....
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And here is our patio..
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sloan127
08-19-2006, 09:30 AM
Jennifer, I love the idea of the two bookcases back to back. I never thought of that! You would think I had never been in a library. I am going to talk to my husband about doing something like that with shorter bookcases for my youngest daughter's books. Thanks for sharing the pictures and ideas.

KrisRV
08-19-2006, 10:53 AM
Jennifer, Your classroom looks wonderful, it's my dream room do you think you could help me do my room. Remember we live in a RV and there is 4 of us.

JenniferErix
08-19-2006, 05:36 PM
I need to take some photos of what it looks like now. However, my camera needs bateries and that ain't happening until next friday...

I do not recommend anyone doing what we did.

What I mean by that is, we spent waaaaaay too much money on the "Classroom" stuff. Heck, there is NO way we will be able to consume all of the consumables. Mainly because I am adicted to school stuff! But all of that happened BEFORE we moved to this city. Beforehand, we had nothing around us and had to buy everything we used. For example, we had one teny tiny library, with nearly no resources.. But now.. WHEW! We have a library system that is just FABULOUS!

WE hardly buy anything now. Nearly everything you see was baught when we lived out in the boonies. Now we keep wat we have and use it. ANd borrow most everything else from the llibraries.

Now, not everything is a regret, of course.....
The loft bed, was a need and was a SMART investment! Especially with it being a Queen sized bed and having my husband build it with "Rails" all the way to the ceiling. The theory was to create a playspace, like you would have a MDonalds. We have 9 foot ceilings, so it works out. It was about $100 for the mattress and about $350 in wood and supplies. But it is better and more solid than anything you could but for $2,000 around here...

The bookshelves do not match, because they came from all over the house. I robbed my own house! haha! They were originally about $30 each.

The TV/DVD was $99 at Christmas-time at walmart. The table it sits on was a throw away from my Mother-in-law.

The large 12 foot by 9 foot rug (To prottect the apartment's pale, light tan carpet) was $79 at GardenRidge. (LOVE that place!)

We got a large globe from walmart for $15.

I used to belong to "Brighter Vision" and have tons of their workbooks, manipulatives, stickers and hardback books. But I canceled it. ($15 a month!)

I have an entire level of a book shelf of Childcraft encyclopedias (Whole set for $5 at a thrift store!)

I have an entire row of a bookshelf of Text books, all for about $.25 each!! I have listed these before...

We have a large 3 foot by 5 foot American Flag on a pole that hangs at an angle off the wall. ($15) We have a TExas flag, too, from my family.

We have glow-in-the-dark stars and nine planets on the bedroom ceiling ($5)

There is a local teacher supply store, nearby that has my photo next to the register, with the words, "Do not sell to this woman under penalty of law!".. Ok, Kidding.. but it did get rediculas (SP) at one point. I have learned, or I am learning that pencils and papers can be just as workable as tons of workbooks. (Sigh)

Then, in the middle of all of this, I spent too much money on printer ink and reams of paper printing everything I found on-line. (Stupid, stupid stupid....)

Now, we do not drink, smoke, do drugs, party, go bowling, have friends over, play bingo or lottery.. or well.. ANYTHING.. so all of our money goes to bills and the kids...

Of course, if I would have been more frugel (SP) with my money, I would have had more saved for emergencies...

I am doing that now. We do not print or buy anything that is not going to be used in at least two months, unless it is a prepackaged curriculum or other major steal. WE regularly OVER-use our local libraries. And I spent more money on blank 70 sheet $.10 notebooks and pencils than anything else!

So don't be like me... Never buy or print anything you do not plan to use within a month or two... (Exceptions to every rule, of course)

Oh! And we have maybe ONE shelf on ONE bookshelf that has regular reading books on it. WHY? Because I figured it out hat buying reader books was a waste. WE no longer buy things that are not consumable, and so, we use our libraries for everything else! At any given time, there are about 30-50 items from the library in our home. We have a special shelf for library items. You can even get computer games! Name brand!

I have used my flatbed scanner for library books and stuff like charts and stuff... (I scan the page, then print it, or SAVE it till later...)

Oh! And I allways print in DRAFT!@ It uses about 1/3 of the ink! << Great tip!

I will take better, updated photos, when I get more batteries.

As far as helping anyone else. I do not know. I do know that having more than one use for something, such as more that one use for a space, is VERY helpfull!

jen

JenniferErix
08-19-2006, 05:45 PM
Here is a security tip: When you have two bookshelves back-to-back, such as these, it is always a good idea to bind them together, somehow. Depending on the type of wood or type of bookshelf, there are many ways to do this.

Our shelves are cheap partical baord $30 bookshelves. Therefore we did not care what bolting them together would do to them. So we simply used a drill to drill a whole 2/3rds of the way up through the backs of two shelves. Then placed a bolt through the hole and a washer and nut on the other side and screwed it all together.

For further security against CLIMBING monkeys...
Bolt each of the bookshelve to the wall, from the side that is touching the wall. Again, about 2/3rd the way up.



Jennifer, I love the idea of the two bookcases back to back. I never thought of that! You would think I had never been in a library. I am going to talk to my husband about doing something like that with shorter bookcases for my youngest daughter's books. Thanks for sharing the pictures and ideas.

Syele
08-19-2006, 06:41 PM
I'm praying for a new apartment so we can have 3 bedrooms. It would be so nice!

Right now our living room IS our classroom. And I wouldn't take pictures of it. LOL

Elizabeth77
08-24-2006, 11:39 PM
Wow! What great rooms. . .Jennifer's and the family in AZ. Makes me want to turn our bonus room into our classroom after all. That was my original plan, but then I found it easier to do school with Rachel at the kitchen table so I can clean as she works in her workbook and can be there quickly and easily as she asks for help/wants to show me what she's done. The bonus room is upstairs, and I guess I just didn't want to deal with constantly going up there to do school. Maybe we could have the classroom up there anyway, but still do some work downstairs at other times. . . Hmmm? Something for me to ponder. Right now bonus room is the "playroom" and there are toys everywhere! Organized of course, but just a lot neatly everywhere in the room along the walls. I'd have to reorganize stuff to make it a classroom.

LoveMyMan
08-25-2006, 02:12 AM
I will resist. I will resist. Even after seeing Jennifer's fantastic photos, I will still resist! LOL ;)

Three years ago, when we moved into this big house and started getting things together for homeschooling, I envisioned exactly what that family in AZ has. A loft, desks, a computer nook, books everywhere, posters, etc. Basically, I pictured a big ole' reproduction classroom. Thankfully, we didn't have any money at the time to put toward The Cause.

I say thankfully because I really don't think it would've worked for our family. My children are small and they keep on coming. Holing myself up in a classroom for hours at a time, separated from the rest of the house, trying to keep babies happy in there - ugh. If I had a 14 y/o and several other older children to help like the lady in AZ, then maybe. But, I don't. And at this point I'm as happy as a clam with the children doing sit down work at the kitchen table. I laughed out loud when I read part of that article. "Many homeschooling families are forced to spread their things out on the kitchen table", LOL! What if we do it by choice!? :)

I don't think there is anything wrong with the school-at-home approach, if that works for a particular family. I thought it was what I wanted -- I still want the loft and all the books, though! LOL. But, I feel much more relaxed knowing that I can use our whole house and our yard for school. I hope we can make it work for years! If the computer is in the master bedroom, someone can be up there doing a Spanish program. Older kids can read all of their history, science, lit, on the couch or in their beds or on a blanket outside. Math and writing need a table, but the kitchen table is fine for that if children rotate. A desk in a bedroom might be a good idea for kids that need quiet. Not all children do, though. Some learn best while they toss a nerf ball back and forth with their brother.

I still love brightly colored posters of the continents and mobiles hanging from the ceiling. When I think about it, though, it's because that's what I'm used to. That's what I associate w/ school. I'm not convinced that my children will learn more with a floating teradactyl above them, though. I'm not bashing home classrooms. They really work for some families. For me, though, school is part of what we do at home. I want it to be seamless and relaxed. I love the idea of snuggling up with my youngest ones, reading on the couch while the older ones do seatwork at the kitchen table just 10 feet away. I love the togetherness of that :) I love schooling in a homey, cozy, unfabricated way. And, yes Jennifer, it's cheaper, too! LOL.

I just would hate for any of us to feel inadequate if we don't have rooms that look like they're straight out of a school supply website. It's not the red bookcases and snazzy map rugs that kids need to learn. It's a loving, stimulating environment where they can really learn to love learning, and be HOME with us :)

Maybe I can fit the loft in a bedroom??? LOL.

LoveMyMan
08-25-2006, 02:19 AM
I am a pregnant woman with insomnia, evidently feeling very passionate tonight about kitchen tables ;) Sorry for such a looooong post.

Night ;)

Syele
08-25-2006, 02:25 AM
heh Jacci I agree, I love the idea of having a "classroom" with all that stuff but I know deep down, when I get my extra room it will likely be a playroom for all the toys with extra storage space for our School stuff. I might even get nutty and put up a bulletin Bord (I love making those things!) but Sami will probably still come do her schoolwork in her favorite spot... smack in the middle of the living room floor. I can't even imagine how she thinks it's comfortable. there is no rug (tile floors) and she has a nice desk with a computer and a small table and chairs her size AND a princess school desk. Even so, she picks the floor 100% of the time. She dosn't care about a schoolroom, she wants to be in the middle of everything.

Elizabeth77
08-25-2006, 08:20 AM
That's a good point, Jacci. Brings me back to why I decided against making the bonus room into a classroom in the first place. The kitchen table also just seems to work better for us, so that's why I ended up not making the classroom thing. For a moment there I was starting to get ideas again. :lol: Like you, I do still like the idea of some kind of reading nook for when the kids are older and can read by themselves. . . .but without the full blown classroom look! ;)

phoenyxstarr
08-25-2006, 11:42 AM
Right now my dd does her schoolwork in the living room, mainly, with the TV off. She comes into the kitchen with me when she needs help with her assignments now. Thankfully, she's almost completely over her fear of asking questions.

She used to do it at the kitchen table, but that's where the computer is now because the TV took over my computer desk. We got a bigger TV that wouldn't fit on our TV stand, it's a 25 or 26" (I don't remember which) that we bought off hubby's co-worker for $50 when he got a new TV.

DD has a desk in her room, but she never does anything at it, not even her coloring. She did do her paint-by-number at it though, but that's because I told her she couldn't do that in the floor with Sissy crawling around.

JenniferErix
08-25-2006, 07:00 PM
I love our classroom / Playroom.
We have tried to school whereever we land, it did not work for us.
However, I'm sure it will, when my kids are older. But for now, this works.

Everything we have was got by way of thrift store, or "Stealing" from another part of the house, or from well thought out buys. For example, we do not buy books that can be read from the library. And all has been purchased over a matter of about 4 years.

My children are practically the same age, so it is like we have a class, and thus, we need a room.

For us, having the school work in a "Special" place, helps us to concentrate on our work, when we are in the classroom. Although, that work may be something like the mad-mad painting of the popcycle sticks activity we did the other day! (Man, what fun!) (See Photo) They were helping me make some "Manipulatives". Now this is 1000 popcycle sticks for $3.25 at Walmart. And we use them for EVERYTHING! haha!

Basicaly, the classroom model of "School" works for us, becuase it allows us to "Centralize" our things and our brains. This works for us, because although learning goes on all the time, and just as people take breaks from "School" in the summer, we need a daily break form "Class".

We are proud of our classroom. I have receintly moved my sewing table in there, and now, we are in there almost all day! We do School, Playtime, Movie watching, sewing, crafts and so on..... It is practically a "Family Room".

Here are some colorful photos taken, by hubby, of us painting are $3.25 box of 1000 popcycle sticks, some paint and a box of paint buckets (The paint buckets number 5 with matching brushes, toppers and closable lids all for $7!!!!! That was a steal!. We had a blast!

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Anyway, I do nto want it to seem like we homeschool for the fun of being able to "Play Class". Sure it is fun, and keep me FAR away from a Back to School sale! haha! But, this works for us, and it is bright and happy and fun!

jen

JenniferErix
08-25-2006, 07:50 PM
I would also like to show some money saving things...

In this photo, you see a ball that has writing on it.
It iw my $0.88 version of one of those "Alphaballs" that run about $6-10, here. We went to walmart and got the cheapo $0.88 beach balls and a magic marker and wrote letters all over it. WE then play with the ball and ask stuff like, "What is under your right hand? Is it a vowel or a consonant? and so on. I also have a Math Ball, a Noun, Adjective, Verb Ball, and a Numbers ball. Again, all costing $0.88 each!

http://www.jennifererix.com/images/c/letterball.jpg

I basically walk through the school supply stores and get ideas. I make almost everything we use.

The following shows the calendar center, we have. Now, it was cheaper, to buy the premade laminated calendar from Office Depot, than to make it and go to Kinkos, so that is paid for. But Everything else is house made. WE printed in draft, which makes the ink last forever, and we buy the generic ink refills which are half the price and have twice as much ink in them....

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This is my chalkboard, where we write semi-permanent vocabulary words. This is up there so when the boys are looking for the answer, they are prompted to remember the verbage. This has helped emminsely! (I know I spelled that wrong! haha!) Got this from a yard sale. (I stole the White Dry-Erase Board, from Hubby's office.)

http://www.jennifererix.com/images/c/chalkboard.jpg

Now, here is a cool idea for using those 1000's of popcycles... Puzzles.....!!!
We made a tounge and cheek puzzle of us painting the sticks, themselves! haha!

http://www.jennifererix.com/images/c/poppuzzle.jpg

Here is the bed, my husband made. It is huge, and sturdy enough to hold the whole family of five!
I plan to use this as a "reading Loft" when the kids are older...

http://www.jennifererix.com/images/c/kidsbed.jpg

And finally, I would like to show what it looks like on a typical day......
Each child has his or her own cubby box. (.50 walmart) and their own crayons (.20 walmart), for classwork only. This keeps them concentrating on their work, and not fighting over who has the green crayon.... Been there.. don't wanna go back! haha!

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Also, the toys you see are their toys. These are not things bought for the classroom, they are simply their toys from christmases and birthdays past. They have nearlyno toys in their bedroom.

So there you have the complete story.
This is what works for us, we have fun and play all day. We have built this over time and had to get creative in most cases. The store bought posters are a bonus,but they are $1.99 at Teacher Heaven.

I just wanted people to know that if you like the idea of a room, it needs to reflect what works for you and that it is something that is built over time, not over a weekend.

Jen

MelissainMi
08-25-2006, 09:31 PM
I originally was going to HS in the basement but it gets too cold in the winter down her eto do it. So I put a 2x2 table in a little knotch of my dining room and turned that area into our school space. I would love more space but I love my dining room decor too

Syele
08-26-2006, 12:11 AM
That bed look awesome! I like the letter all idea too. :)

KrisRV
08-26-2006, 11:02 AM
It looks wonderful and looks like you all have lots and lots of fun together. That is my dream room. Wouldn't work in my rv no extra room to put things. LOL

JenniferErix
08-26-2006, 01:33 PM
The letter ball is a BLAST! And it can be used with mixed ages, which is our situation. Some companies sell a pre-printed "Letter Ball" but why buy it, you know?

Again, our cost less than a buck a peice and we can put anything we are studying on it. This would be true for history facts, geography terms and so on. And the game rules are simply, toss the ball, and the asker asks, "What's under your left or right hand". Then the questions can get more comlex depending on the child.

I highly reccomend this activity for further reinforcing skills. Sasha plays with us, and she is asked: "What letter is under your left thumb?", or, "What sound does it make? or, "Can you name something that starts with that sound?"

The twins, playing at the same time, get asked different questions. Such as, "Is it a consonant or a vowel?" If it is a vowel I will ask them, "Why is it a vowel? (Becuase it has more than one sound), or "Can it be used as a word all by itself? (A, I). Name a NOUN that starts with that letter, Verb, Adjective? ..... and so on.

The combinations are endless!

We do the same for the "Math Ball". I have one with just numbers and another with addition and subtraction problems on it. Again, he combinations are endless, and the kids retain so much more!


jen

LoveMyMan
08-26-2006, 06:10 PM
Oh, Jennifer, I didn't mean to say that your schoolroom wasn't great for your family! I on purpose emphasized that I truly believed the classroom approach works for many, many families. My best friend schools her children in a lovely classroom right off their dining room. Your schoolroom is really awesome, and I'm very happy for you. Truly and really :)

I also know that you would not expect it to work for all families. I just spoke up because there have been more than a few times that young moms I know would get all worked up trying to create a schoolroom in a tiny house or keep a baby "out" of the schoolroom, or stress about not having enough money for things like map rugs or 6 school desks, or whatever.

My point was really only that we all need to figure out what works best for us and not feel inadequate or like "lesser" homeschoolers if we don't fit the school look. I just like to encourage other moms who find the kitchen table and the couch to be ideal. That's all :) Really :)

Thanks, by the way, for posting all those pics. What fun!

JenniferErix
08-26-2006, 09:27 PM
That's cool. I understand. I got the feeling that everyone felt I was spending time "Dressing" the room, instead of "Grooming" the children. And I wanted to show that if a person wanted to have a classroom, that I really did not spend the kindo f money that it looks like.

Anyway, I totally agree with you that everyone does what works for them.

I can see me and the kids in a couple of years doing the kitchen table thing. Mostly because they will be older and fancy colors and stuff will not mean as much.

Peace!

jen

Sherry
08-26-2006, 10:05 PM
Anyway, I totally agree with you that everyone does what works for them.

I can see me and the kids in a couple of years doing the kitchen table thing. Mostly because they will be older and fancy colors and stuff will not mean as much.

Peace!

jen

Jennifer,
Thanks for sharing the photos of your children and school room.You have beautiful children. It's great you have such a special place in your home to do your activities in. When my oldest were real little I remember needing to clear the table off once or twice everyday for meals when it would have been so much nicer to just leave our projects out. You are so wise to realize that this time will pass so quickly and to make the most of it now. " I can see me and the kids in a couple of years doing the kitchen table thing.Mostly because they will be older and fancy colors and stuff will not mean as much." I do have a few school items still that all of my children have outgrown. Maybe someday there will be a neighbor child or some other child I can use some of these fun projects with. What about Grandchildren ? I didn't say that. It would stress out my son-in-law if he heard me say the G word so I refrain from that word around him.LOL. My dd and sil are waiting awhile on that.
Jennifer, I have a "schoolroom" now too. It's really great to be able to have bookshelf room for the many books we have collected over the years and be able to find them. Sometimes we do school in the schoolroom and sometimes not. My oldest homeschooler , age 17, prefers to do his schoolwork in his bedroom or his Dad's office/den on the main floor most of the time. The schoolroom is upstairs.

JenniferErix
08-26-2006, 10:12 PM
Oh My!

You said "GrandChildren"!

That makes me laugh because I tell my husband all the time, that I have to hold my tounge... And that I will have to hold it in the future... because I can't wait for my kids to have kids...

Oh! It is so horrible.. (I say that tounge in cheek) They are 6 and 3 and I am already grinning at the thought of being a grandma, someday! hahaha!

My husband says, parish the tought for a few years!

But Seriously, when my kisd tell me I will be a grandma, I will be one of those wild women you see on Americas Funniest Home Videos, who freak out, sceaming, "Oh! Thank you Jesus!"

Haha!

LoveMyMan
08-27-2006, 12:32 AM
LOL, me too! I already have my name picked out! LOL, I'm Mimi and their baby dolls call me that! LOL :)

Umm-Layth
09-02-2006, 10:46 PM
Beautiful! I am jealous and I think I am going to spend the next hour or so fixing up my sons room (as small as it is!), God Willing.

Wow. Just beautiful : )

JenniferErix
09-06-2006, 01:44 PM
NOTE: I have a bandaide on the tip of one of my fingers, so my typing will me more horrendous than normal, sorry.) :)

Anyway,
Just rememeber that my room is something that has been worked on for about four years. And it is not a pretty up close as you may think. ALso, I did not oplan to make a "Class room" per se, it just turned ou that way.

Again, the bookshelves I "Stole" from other rooms from my home, which is why the do not match. Also, it is a multi function room; It is a classroom, a playroom a sewing room and a general family room. So it gets a lot of use.

I find that with my three kido-s being close to the same age, and being so young, that for us, a classroom atmosphere, sems to work best, because we are having a "Class".

We have that whole thing with repetition, such as daily changing the calendar and charting the daily weather, and we needed places for those "Stations" if you will.

And that's another thing about homeschooling I love. Choices! This may work for me, and be completely wrong for someone else. Also, it workd for us today, but next year, it may be completely unnessasary.

So, just enjoy yourself and do what feels right for your and yours, of course.

jen

bunnytracks
09-06-2006, 06:15 PM
wow!!!! That is cool. WE use an extra bedroom for our school. It has desks in an a dry erase board. I thought we had it good. LOL

vantage
10-04-2006, 02:30 AM
clothes space??

How much room does it take to hang three pairs of jeans, a pair of shorts, a "dress" shirt, and 6 holey t-shirts?

swellmomma
10-04-2006, 10:15 PM
wow there space is amazing, Coming from a daycare background that is what I have always pictured my space to be like. Currently I use my main floor, the kitchen is our main space, with my walls covered in pocket charts, bulletin boards, white boards and various posters, and then the livingroom has all our books, world maps, art gallery and of course tv for video watching(we don't have cable). I lvoe theloft, what a great way to fit everything in. I think that this winter as I am turning our toyroom int he basement into the school room I will look into a loft like that.