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Our Schoolroom ala Ikea

It’s finally happened! After 2 long years of saving and waiting, and saving, and checking online, it finally opened. Ikea. Right here in my backyard! (Well, not MY back yard, but you get the idea…its close…real close…almost too close.)

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Anyway, like I was saying I’ve been eyeballing some shelves and desks for a couple years now, and so as soon as it opened, I headed out. I know crazy right? Going to Ikea right when it opens. But I didn’t go on opening day, I went the next day. It was a weekday, so I figured all the fanatics would be back at work after camping out, so I was safe. Good call on my part too, it wasn’t bad at all!

I seriously love everything in that store! I did get a little lost at one point though (I forgot how crazy-mazey it is in there) had to call a BFF to get me out LOL! She directed me to those handy little arrows on the floor and told me “follow the arrows, they’ll lead you out”. She was right. I stayed on the arrows and after just 2.5 hours had made my way all the way through the store.

I did get lost in one of those little apartments they have set up, a super cool closet lured me in. But eventually I found my way back to my trusty arrows. So happy they have those things.

But anyway, I’m sure you all don’t want to hear me ramble on about my trip to Ikea. The best store ever. So I’ll get onto my new schoolroom setup!

I started out by taking most of the things out of our school room to make new for the Ikea bliss.

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Next I recruited the help of some able bodied folks to help me assemble.

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And assemble…

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And assemble. Why I thought swivel chairs that raise and lower would be a good plan is beyond me. I got sucked in to all the goodness by Ikea.

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I know some of you will be disappointed that I’ve ditched my little desks for this year, but we’re going to try something new. We did school some in our kitchen last year and I liked having the kids together at one table. It made it a little easier to keep an eye on what everyone was doing, so we’re going to try that again this year with this cool setup.

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And don’t worry, I didn’t ditch my workboxes, they’re still in the room. I was planning to use the Ikea drawer units for my workboxes, but couldn’t part with the 10-drawer ones I’ve used for the past 2 years, so for now the Ikea drawers hold their larger books and supplies like pencils, scissors, glue etc. That way people aren’t fighting over those things and they’re readily available in their top drawer.

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After re-organizing all of our stuff in the new space, we ended up with this. I LOVE it! Got our big USA Wall map for our Road Trip USA studies.

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What’s this whole setup include? I’m not advertising for Ikea here, but I figured some of you may want to know how to put this thing together yourself. They also have table legs you could use instead that are much less expensive, as well as Amon Shelves that are cheaper too. They also have different colors and sizes. What inspired me to go white with four young children and a bunch of enticing markers in the middle of the table is beyond me.

My school room is about 11′ x 14′, the total size of the desk is about 5’x5′.

Here’s a close-up of the drawers and chairs for you. I turned them all in a pin-wheel pattern so that one set of drawers is facing each student. I’m strongly considering getting a glass top cut for this to protect all my whiteness, but that’ll have to come later as budget allows.

 

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I used my old cube system from Target for my Teacher’s Manuals, the old bookshelf for games and such, then proceeded to fill my new Ikea Expedit Wall Shelf full of goodies.

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And, yes, that is my Letter of the Week curriculum in the binders along the top row. Wow, all that for $10, I must really like you guys ;o). In case you’re wondering, I purchased page protectors, then put all the games inside those in binders. 26 binders. Really. No kidding. Plus a few more for the K4 Curriculum as well!

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This cool Making Memories Caddy was one of my old scrapbooking items. I dumped out the supplies and filled it with markers. Yep, you know you’re a homeschooler when you start sacrificing your scrapbooking supplies in the name of school.

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Here’s another look at our shelves, calendar area and All About Spelling board below:

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On the opposite wall is my whiteboard, Word Jail bulletin board, and a smaller USA map we’ll be using for our Road Trip USA this year.

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Now that I had my room all set up, the last thing to do was sort all my curriculum for the year.

Glad I got a big table. Yikes.

Pray for me.

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So that’s it, our schoolroom is all set up, curriculum is put away, and all’s ready to go. Too bad the kids aren’t allowed in here anymore or we could start school tomorrow ;o)

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Have pics to share? I would love to see what all of you have setup, leave a comment below to share!

301 Comments

  • Michele August 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    It is so inspiring, Erica! I am drooling over here. I wish I was young and your child. 😉

    Know exactly what you mean about IKEA being too close – ours is about an hour away and is still very, very dangerous. Especially on a Saturday morning when my daughter and I feel like sneaking out for a few hours together.

    xoxo michele

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  • Holly A. August 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    It’s honestly beautiful!! I love it 🙂 We are currently building a house that includes a classroom space (aka a spare bedroom) so I’m glad you posted, it gives me tons of organizational ideas!

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  • Jessi August 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I love IKEA. Our school room area is a heck of a lot smaller with only a 3 1/2 and 2 year old, but is also mostly IKEA goodies. Trofast storage with bins, Kritter table and chairs, Billy short bookcase, Mala Easel. 😀

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  • Sarah Gill August 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    What a wonderful room. You obviously “homeschool” not “unschool” … I have my dining room set up a tiny bit like that. You both did a great job… well done. Good Team Work. 🙂 LOVE the central table
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  • Taunya August 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    What a fun room to learn in! Looks awesome!

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  • Valorie August 16, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    OMG!!! I LOVE IT!!!!! Such an awesome space! 🙂

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  • Kristen Akers August 16, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I want to go to your school too! How fun. I do have a question….where did you find the alphabet letters that you have around the top of the wall. I can’t find them anywhere and I figure I will just make them if I can’t find them. Thanks for your help and all you do! You are a true inspiration. Again….such a cool room!

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    • Terri August 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Kristen,
      Hi..just wanted to chime in here and let you know that you can typically find those alphabet letters that are around her room at your local teacher supply stores. I hope this helps!

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    • Alasha May 9, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Hi Kristen! I just found some at The Dollar Tree last week! Apparently, they always have teacher supplies on hand. Who knew? I imagine closer to August there will be a much larger style choice.

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  • Jen Guarino August 16, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Your room looks wonderful! I cannot wait to hear how it works out for you!

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  • Method Mom August 16, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I LOVE IT!!! I hope one day I can have a classroom too.

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  • deborah August 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I too love Ikea. I’ve been known to just go there for window shopping and lunch. LOL

    Love, love, love your school room set up. :o)

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