Sunday, August 11, 2013

A Glimpse Into Our Schoolroom

We were very fortunate to move into a home with a basement. I immediately started thinking about school and how I could use all of this space. It has been a long work in progress, but I finally have it done! My last step is spray paint the chairs for the kids to sit in. So here it is! I hope you enjoy. I will go into different things in future blog posts, today I will just give a quick overview.

 View coming down the stairs.

View from the other side of the room. 
 This shelf holds our seasonal bins, and sensory items. 

 Basket holds their lap books. White bins are for weekly toys. 
Book shelf will hold Charlie's tot trays. 

 Kids' desk and lap tables. 

 Shelf in the corner. 

 Puzzles, games, and misc. craft items. 

 Blue bins hold five weeks of lessons. (Post to come.) Clear bins hold other misc. items. 

 My desk. Holds my laminator, Cricut cutter and printer.
 Closer view of my desk. 

 Little art station. Their easel. Aprons hang on the stairs, and there is chalk, board markers and paper on the tote. 

 Calendar wall. 

 Calendar board. From 1+1+1+1=1

 We got this one from Oriental Trading. Yes, I know, July is over. :)

 All the cards for calendar board. 

 Wooden puzzles and books, books and more books. 
 Misc. craft items. 
And our small foam ABC mats.
 Big ABC mats. I bought them at two different places and thought they would link together, but they don't. 

 Just for fun, the other side of the room! Storage, laundry and work out area. :)

The chairs I'm going to clean and spray paint for the kids to use. 

I hope you enjoyed the little walk through. If you have any questions, or want to see a post about a specific thing, just let me know in the comments. :)

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thrift Store Finds!

 I love a good bargain! Who doesn't right? I spent part of the afternoon looking around a local thrift store. I found some amazing items for our upcoming school year. Here is what I found and how much I paid for it.

Car Ramp
I paid $3.00 for this.
I paid $7.00
I paid $2.50
Play tent
I paid $5.00 and it cam with balls.

My grand total was $22.00! Not one of these items is less that $20.00 brand new! My kids love all their new toys, and I love that I got them for so cheap!

*The tent and balls are not exactly what I have, but are the closest I could find.

Comment below with some of your great thrifty finds!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Check out my guest post

Head on over and check out my guest post on Ultimate Guide to Mommy Survival! I talk about preparing meals for when Charlie was born.