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Add this to “posts I never thought I’d write”.
We are keeping the girls home for virtual learning this year. We struggled in the spring big time (including me crying to the counselor on the phone), but after a lot of discussion it was a no brainer for us to keep the girls home to keep the staff as safe as possible. I know not everyone has the opportunity to stay home, and I completely support whatever decision your family makes. Parents and educators are all sort of climbing suck mountain right now.
That being said, one the biggest lessons I learned the spring was that my girls need a place to “go to school” and be able to close the door at the end of the day. We converted my office into office/guest room last year, so we plan to remove the bed and add three tables from Ikea as work stations. I’m going to try to make each space it’s own little “classroom”, so each girl will get a cork board for schedules, photos, artwork, etc.
We painted my office Farrow & Ball “Caulk Green” (matched at Home Depot) earlier in quarantine, so mostly we will be working on decor. Here is my inspiration so far!
SHOP THE LOOK// Elements Wall Art // Cork Board // Rosa Parks Book // Writing Journal // Chunkies // Crayons // Cart // Alarm Clock // Supply Caddy // Google Home Hub // Table // Ball Chair // Wiggle Seat // Globe // Headphones // Desk Helper // Schedule
School Room Goals
- Have a middle school and elementary school side.
- Make it a place they want to be.
- Functional storage.
- Keep a manageable budget.
Luckily, we already have some of the bigger items on my list like the google home hub (for asking how to spell 1 million words) and the wireless headphones (gift from my dad during the spring schooling). We also already have one of the Ikea tables in M’s room, and for $30 they are no brainer rather than investing in desks for everyone when we don’t know how long this will take (size wise they are also perfect).
The one thing I’m torn on is if I want to do a traditional desk chair or if I want to go with a wiggle seat. Since they’ll be online most of the day, I’m leaning towards a wiggle seat (or a wooden chair with a wiggle seat as needed). They are out of the budget, but I love love love these chairs from Pottery Barn kids too!
A few more functional essentials:
These dry erase boards that the girls can use to practice handwriting are great, I like how they can write out answers and hold them up to the camera.
Every classroom needs an electric pencil sharpener!
I have these clear desk mats in my cart to let each girl personalize their desk without getting too messy.
I’ve wanted to try these plus plus blocks for awhile, so I added a pack to busy the girls when they have a longer video or live lesson to watch.
I found the coolest school posters from this shop on Etsy. They are a little pricey for decor, but I might grab one or two for the “middle school” side of the room.
I added some math manipulatives for busy work as well, and they may come in handy for the younger grades.
I’d love to do something hanging from the ceiling. Still brainstorming that one, but I think it’ll really help transform the room into something more kid friendly. I grabbed this peel and stick map off of Amazon for $15!
Overall I’m pretty excited to get started on this project and can’t wait to share a before and after once it’s done. If you are doing virtual school (or homeschool) I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments!