Monday, September 10, 2012

K-4 Adventures - Our Homeschool Setup

So, I'm a little later than others with the school posts, but things have been really crazy around here. :)

I am homeschooling Titus for K-4 this year, and we are both super excited and love it! We took him shopping for supplies several weeks ago, and I was very happy with my finds.  We found some
"fat" pencils that are so much easier for him to manage. And I was also pleased to discover JUMBO crayons - and they seriously mean JUMBO! I've purchased large crayons in the past, but these are amazing.  We also got scissors with spring action to help him with learning to cut a straight line.
Additionally, he picked out a Spiderman notebook, folder, and coloring book, and some Batman pencils - typical boy!!!!

Taking him with me to shop really did help build his anticipation! He asked me literally every day for a week if we could start school. I still can't keep him out of his school supplies. 

You can see in this picture the size comparison of the crayons. From L-R JUMBO, Large, and "normal"

Part of the delay in starting was that I was waiting on my Ikea Expedit shelving. We planned a trip to Ikea for Labor Day so we could pick it up.  Titus was very excited to wake up the next morning to his "school room!"

Our School Room
FYI - the ITSO large fabric bins at Target fit the Expedit openings perfectly! I snatched these up on clearance for $2.48 each.

I also purchased the hanging rods and baskets and buckets from IKEA.  They definitely have cheaper versions, but since this room also functions as my piano teaching studio, I wanted a classier look.
The cute little picture frame stands are also from IKEA -  I snagged them on markdown for .99¢ each!!

Some Fun Details
I just love the clips for hanging his artwork! ♥

The paper roll is also from...surprise...IKEA! Can you tell we love the place?  I think this adds so much to the "school room" feel, and it's super fun! :)

While the room is function-able, it is definitely not finished.  I still need to make and hang the curtains and add some wall decor. I'd also like to add a brightly painted shelf above the rod on the shelving wall - just for a pop of color and some additional display area.

R- Colors I'll be using for decorations. I got the 8x10 frame on sale at Hobby Lobby for $10 - LOVE IT!!!!!!
L- I will be hanging teal curtains just like the ones in our family room. I snagged these table cloths on clearance at Target for $3.88 each and will just hang them as-is from curtain hooks.

I really love the flexibility of homeschooling. We are having a great time, and I love that I get to teach him! Today we discovered this spider on our front step, so after googling it, we had an unplanned science lesson. FUN!!

Daily Discoveries

 I'm hoping to post more updates on what we are doing this year in our K-4 adventures!!!
So stay tuned....

...but definitely don't hold your breath!!! :)


  1. Love it! Titus is such a sweet boy and growing up so fast!

  2. Oh I missed this post! I love the setup - it looks GREAT!! :) I'm sure Titus is having so much fun!

  3. This looks adorable. I love IKEA and am so sad one isn'tnearby. I do go there a couple times during the summer when we travel with the YC. The teen guys really hope I don't find large stuff because they'll be sitting on it all the way home. =)


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