I really loved seeing this picture circulate Facebook because it was how our new bookshelf looked. I very often feel like the only one: the only homeschooler, the only African-American, the only Muslim, the only one who likes Butter Pecan Häagen-Dazs . I am sure that I am not the only one in any of those categories, although, it always seems that way whatever group I am in. So when I see something or find someone that lets me know that I AM NOT ALONE, I get super excited, and this was one of those times.
My actual bookcase looks like this, it started out as two bookcases about 4 years ago and when we moved here with an IKEA less than 30 minutes away we bought 4 more to fill up the wall. And we love it, one stop, no more trekking all over the house to find a school book, reading book, or dictionary.
I do have each shelf organized by subject, our main subjects are Islamic studies, Math, Language, African-American, History, Geography, Science, Self-Help, and it goes on. The books that we are working with have a color coded sticker on the page that each child is on. Recently,we took a trip down to Georgia where we are landlords and have many of our belongings in storage in the attic. Well, we found a couple of treasures, books that we have not seen for over seven years including all my Montessori Teaching albums and great African American history books. I have made all five Montessori Teaching Albums for 3-6 olds and now I actually get to use them for Little A. I have many other manuals for different subjects and they are all located on the bottom shelves of the bookcases.
|Another Islamic Shelf|
|General History/African American History|
|African American/Children's Shelf|
|More African American|
|General Children Stories|
I also did not buy many new thing, reusing the desks that I have had since Big A was little. And this children's cubby that was on it's last leg, we bought it used 8 years ago in California and the movers at first told me they would not bring it. Fortunately, for us the mover had a change of heart, he wrapped it up tight and added some screws. God is Great because it divinely fits right in the bar nook with only centimeters to spare on top, which gives it the support it needs on the side.
|Cubby that fits Divinely in Bar Nook|
I have found these boxes from Dollar Tree that are perfect for my Montessori material, like the Phases of the Moon work. They also work great for the Montessori Language: pink, blue, & green series.
We hung our white erase board in the kitchen which we use to write the menu, All About Spelling, Calendar and general lesson work.
Downstairs, we have more space for learning with a computer, board games, manipulatives & puzzles.
Of course, we can take our learning outside where I personally rather be. My Beloveds have used the area: building with fallen branches/logs and playing in the mud. It is a work in progress, but I love our new space and we are starting to get some great learning done!
|Cushy pillow and space to spread out = Great Learning Fun!|
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