The other day I mentioned how we are in back to school mode around the abode--including our latest back to school mantle.
I also mentioned how my oldest will be starting (full day) kindergarten. And with that, will come a bit of homework each night (which as of right now she is excited about:) .
SO, I thought we better get our materials organized and create a sort of homework station so that everything we may need would be in one place.
The first thing I thought about was "where" we would probably sit when working on homework. I instantly came up with the dining room for a few reasons.
1. It is right off of the kitchen so she can work independently (at times) while I cook dinner.
2. There are lots of windows and light in that room.
3. There is a large table to work on and some storage to boot.
So I got to work converting our dining room buffet into a homework cabinet.
(The buffet was originally full of placemats, napkins, and other seasonal/occasional dinner items that were moved to a cabinet above the fridge and our diy storage bench under our kitchen table.)
Here is what the cabinets looked like once I took everything out and gave them a quick cleaning.
And here is one of them now.
I put in some trays I had on hand at the bottom of the cabinet. Then I labeled them so that each of my girls got a tray and another for paper.
The top became a place for leveled readers organized in a letter sorter and basket.
Here is the other side.
Here I put in magazine boxes (I already had) and labeled them so that I could put learning resources in them as needed.
The top holds the kids Leap Frog Learning games and devices.
The inside of the cabinet doors originally looked like this.
I added some adhesive cork squares and now have a place to hang reminders, sight words, incentive charts, etc.
The little shallow drawer up top
now holds a small office supply organizer for things my husband or I may need when helping the kids.
And the bottom drawer now holds a pencil box for each girl full of supplies they may need.
Last but not least is the "homework board" I created. Prop it up on the table as my kids are working and it is almost like an instant classroom. :)
To do this I just used a large foam/project board (found at Hobby Lobby)...
And lots of learning resources I used as a teacher
(many of which can be found online).
Now we're that much closer to being ready for the new school year to begin!
Stay tuned for a few more stations/systems we are working towards putting into place around here. New school year here we come!