It's Spring Cleaning time in the learning room! Time to re-do the bulletin board and book displays, change up the window decor and refresh the nature shelves. That was the fun stuff - there was also the washing of windows, the dusting of wood, the shampooing of carpet, etc. But it all needed to be done and when it was done, I decided to take pictures to share!
So first, a look at the "window of books," the heart of our learning room, I'd say. April is for Amphibians, as you can see from our books on display:
Links to most of these titles can be found in my sidebars; all but a few I borrowed from the local library (or through inter-library loan). Included amongst the books are back issues of Your Big Backyard
open to pages on Spring Peepers, Salamanders and Mallard Ducks. In the middle of the windows you see our Lenten cross, teeming with life, and below on the bench, are the boys' schoolbooks.
Here's a late day peek at our Eastertide window decor:
I (meaning Bill) put up the forsythia garlands, along with a couple of strings of pretty pastel flower lights. They're a tad garish, but the boys love them. :)
And here we have the worktable - scrubbed clean and bright:
Note the dueling laptops (mine on the left, Bill's on the right), the spring tin of school supplies at the head of the table (close-up below), the empty in-basket ...
... and the napping cat, who often claims the in-basket for his own:
A closer peek into our school supplies tin:
I bought this pretty spring bucket at Magic Cabin
several years ago. (I looked for a link, but I don't think they still sell it.) Inside I placed three tin cups, one each for pens, colored pencils and writing pencils. A jam jar in the back holds rulers and correcting pencils. Also tucked inside here are flashcards of various sorts, and clamped onto the front edge are three large bull-clips, red, blue and green.
In the backdrop, on display, is the April nature blessing page:
Just to the left of my laptop, I have a cubby bench; on top are displayed some current reading materials:
On the left is my magazine pile, in the middle is a new gardening book
(on top of test- prep workbooks) and on the right are some resources for planning spring kinder themes.
The windows facing the front yard also sport forsythia:
No lights here, but there are pretty Easter eggs hanging from a length of twine. (I didn't make these - I bought them at Michael's for .99 cents.)
And here's how the bulletin board looks just now:
I got the frog life cycle poster at a local teacher's supply store. The papers hanging below are Earlybird's homework from speech therapy.
I always have the most fun working on the nature shelf:
Budding branches, vernal pools, ducks and birch trees are the focus this month.
Can you spy Figaro hidden in the moss?
Well, thanks for joining me on this latest tour of our learning room! Hope you enjoyed seeing the spring changes.
And by the way, Teresa asked if I would do a post on my kitchen, and I would be glad to. I'm cleaning feverishly this week, so it might not be till after Easter, but then I'll be happy to invite you all in for a cup of tea at the counter. :)
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!