Monday, August 9, 2010

School Room Makeover

Not Back to School Blog Hop

Every summer I feel compelled to rearrange our school room.  This year we gave it a major makeover......well major for me!!  We painted and put in faux wood laminate flooring.  I love it!

Technically our school room is a formal dining room, but we have never been formal dining room kind of people so it has been an office/schoolroom from day 1.  It is conveniently located near the entryway and the kitchen.  From the entry way you can enter through french doors....from the kitchen there are single wide double doors (clear as mud?).  There is a nice big bay window that I love for light, but it significantly decreases my wall space!  Plus there is another window that eats up more wall space.  Anyway, we make do.

The Not Back to School Blog Hop is all about school rooms this week so be sure to check it out!!! I love, love, love peeking in at other people's school rooms.

If you want to see what our before pictures looked like you can look at last year's school room photos blog post here.

Here's what it looks like now:

This is the view from the entry through the french doors.

Same, from a different angle.

Inside, looking out.

Some of the games we will use this year.  We have3 other closets where we are storing games.  It is a little out of control, but these are the games we will use the most this school year.

Our book shelves, sorted by subject!! What an endeavor that was - I had books on the floor for several days because I just couldn't decide how to do it and then I had to keep adjusting shelf heights and moving things around.  Alas, it was completed and I have no plans to change it anytime soon!!

Just a closer view.

Farther away...there is that annoying window taking away from my wall space!

On the left side you can see part of the doorway leading to the kitchen.

Close up of our art and music resources.  I plan to expand in this area.

This shelf houses my most referenced books and frequently used items (with art & music items being the exception) like dry earse markers, colored paper, narration jar, wooden letter magnets and the middle and bottom shelves are school books for this school year. Bear is the middle shelf and Noodle is the bottom shelf.

Student work zone.  Bear on the left, Noodle on the right. They each have their own bulletin boards.  Bear just has snake pictures while Noodle's board is mostly for his calendar and displaying his Science Fair Ribbons that he is ever so proud of!

Teacher's desk.

Teacher's desk and whiteboard from a different angle.

I hope you enjoyed the school room tour!!  Now I am off to tour everyone elses school rooms.


Marsha said...

What a great makeover! The yellow walls are so cheery and the floor looks wonderful. Thanks for the tour!

Becky C said...

Hey Mary, Love your school room. Thanks for visiting my blog. I got the glass jars with lids at WalMart! Just around 10 bucks a piece (maybe less). They are in the kitchen area. Thanks for following me, I will too.
Becky C
A Country Classroom

Mary said...

Thanks Becky! I am going to look for those next time I make a trip to Super Walmart! Have a great school year :)

Julie said...

Love it! Have a great school year!

Sheri said...

I have the same shelving units-and I too suffer from not enough wall space...but like you-we make do. I wish I had that desk man-I am tired of doing it all on my lap or at the kitchen table. Looks like a sweet room you have there-enjoy your school year!

Nicole said...

Looks great! I love your wood floors!

We're in TX too. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Deb said...

Your room is so bright and airy! I love the french doors - you have an area that you can close off, but it's not totally segregated from the rest of the house. Very cute!

Your littlest boy in the picture in your header...he's a cutie! (not that the other two aren't, but I can see he's spunky by his body language...oh, you know what I mean!)

joelle said...

You have a very nice school room.I love all the shelves and the boards. And it all looks so well organized, good for you! Have a great year.

Jenn said...

I have major schoolroom envy. That is beautiful. I love it!

HeartofWisdom said...

Great room. Love the yellow. Thanks for sharing.

Breezy Point Mom said...

Wow - you have got a FANTASTIC school room!

LaughingLioness said...

I love your room! So organized and light ; ).

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