Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bounus Room / School Room

I realized I never gave a tour of our home. We moved in in March and it has been a busy few months of getting settled and plugging away at school, but we have managed to unpack and organize our new place.

Most of the homes we looked at had a bonus room. And often it is above the garage. Sometimes they have closets and are used as a bedroom. Or maybe used as a TV room or game room. We are using ours as a school room / play room.

We have used these book cases to break up the long room to make areas or zones. Plus these book cases are wonderful to keep games and books out in the open where they are more likely to be used. I got 4 inexpensive book cases and they are lined up side by side and back to back. We don't have a Wii or another video style game (we may be the only family who doesn't) and our TV only has an antenna right now. But we play lots of games as a family and the kids read a lot.

The side of the book cases that face the school area, I used to hold coloring books, puzzles, manipulatives, craft books and other school books.To keep the kids books organized, I group them into categories (similar to how you would find them at the library) and then label the shelf with my favorite tool - the label maker.

Here is our school zone. We used desks for seat work. I like how they have cubbie inside the desk to store their junk. Keeps it looking tidy. As you enter the room, this is the area on the left.

Here is the view from the far end of the room. I love the slanted ceilings and the steps into the room. There is only one window on this far end.This is also from the far end of the room. My desk is tucked into a niche on the left (white swivel chair) and this is a reading area that the girls use all the time. We picked up bean bag chairs and these dish chairs instead of putting a couch up here.

You can click on the picture to enlarge it. I will have to give more tours of the place soon.


K-Sue said...

What a bonus!!! In our next house (or maybe in this one - we seem to be here for the longer haul than I thought) we want a school/sewing/craft room.

We don't have a video game system or Wii either.

carrie said...

Thanks for sharing - your room looks great! (And we don't have any video game system either - you're not alone!) I think it's wonderful that your girls love to read. I can't wait to see more of your home!

ScienceGeek said...

Very awesome space!

I can't get over how much Tally is growing into a young woman!

Karen said...

Good use of space and I love the labels on the shelves:) I always like to look at others school rooms~ I am glad that you are getting settled!

Lee and Bev said...

The pictures make it look really good - but it looks even better in person, believe me!

Susan said...

Thanks for the great makes us feel like we are there for a visit. Looks you are super settled and ready to get down to some serious schooling in that organized, great room!! Loving my label maker too. Thanks so much. So glad for you that God gave you lots of space!!

Christine said...

Great organization! How is the adoption coming along?

Tonya said...

Oh, Crispy, I LOVE your new house! I LOVE how ORGANIZED you are! I hope to get more in order this summer after we finish this school year. ☺

Thanks so much for the Mother's Day wish.. I hope you had a wonderful day as well. Mine was really MUCH BETTER than I thought it'd be. I always miss my sweet boy, but I think I'm finally figuring out how to best handle the holidays. (By keeping REALLY BUSY) ☺

Okay, I won't keep you.. I hope you all have a WONDERFUL week!