Our New ‘School Wall’

Last week I began a tackle on our new school area – the dining room – and let’s face it, at the end of the day, it wasn’t that impressive.

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It was just a start.

Check it out now!

I am totally in love with it. Thanks to everyone who offered their tips and suggestions!

As you can see, I decided to go ahead and let the dining room look school-ish. To be honest (and I know this is awful) it really doesn’t get used the way a dining room should. We rarely eat as a family there. And as much as I’d like to eat dinner as a family at the table, holding off on displaying the school stuff because I’d *like* to do something I’m not doing is just as bad as leaving the school desks in Little Prince’s room because I’d *iike* to use them more, too. See my point?

Besides which, even if we did all eat in there, it’s a heck of a whole lot more inviting than the big, white wall was.

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One of my favorite features: above and below the map, I’ve hung fishing line which uses colorful clothes pins to hang items. Doing this makes them moveable, replaceable, and interchangeable in a flash. I also don’t damage the wall with tape or sticky tack every time I want to replace something.

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My other favorite thing is the space I’ve created for Little Prince. It’s become obvious that my flimsy hope of him playing or watching a video while we do school and him leaving us alone is, well,.. flimsy. He has hit the age where he wants to be involved, too. So I moved out two of our dining chairs and moved the little table and chairs into the corner. WIth some cheap coloring and activity books from the dollar store, he can feel involved without climbing in the girls’ laps and scribbling on their school work. It may look a little cramped, but it’s really not. It worked out really well yesterday!

Tackle It Tuesday is hosted by 5 Minutes For Mom.

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Hadias
Hadias
September 9, 2008 9:10 am

Great job. Adding a fesh look always inspires everyone.

susieshomemade
susieshomemade
September 9, 2008 4:42 am

That’s a great tackle! What a neat space for the kids to learn in. I am in awe of homeschoolers. I wish I had the patience:-)

AmyG
AmyG
September 9, 2008 5:46 am

Great tackle! I bet the kids really love their area now.

Michelle Pendergrass
Michelle Pendergrass
September 9, 2008 6:49 am

You did a great job! Our dining room is the homeschool area as well. We’ve tried other places, it just works out better. And we don’t use the table as often as we should for dining as a family. Phil’s gone at work 12-16 hours a day so dinner is anywhere between 7 and 11pm. If he’s home at 7 or 8 we wait, but anything later, Zane and I eat without him. I should update our walls. We’ve had the same map and a couple other things up for a couple of years. (Why do I let things go… Read more »

Audra Krell
Audra Krell
September 9, 2008 9:36 am

This looks really great, you did a really good job. Dining rooms aren’t what they used to be anymore, and that’s okay. Everything changes and you are putting it to great use.

Sherry
Sherry
September 9, 2008 9:39 am

I love it! I need to rework our school wall. 😀 Great tackle!

MamaNut
MamaNut
September 9, 2008 11:38 am

It looks AWESOME! Now… when are you going to get around to tackling your dining set? 😀 We’ll have to set up a day for me to come down and help tackle it.

Amber
Amber
September 9, 2008 1:56 pm

Sorry, it’s not the Emperor’s New Groove.

The first movie is a Disney movie and the second is a musical. Gran Bat– Don’t you know the second one??

GranBat
GranBat
September 9, 2008 6:40 pm

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF!

mrs darling
mrs darling
September 9, 2008 9:36 pm

Way to go mama!

Gayle @ The White House
Gayle @ The White House
September 10, 2008 11:11 am

What a great use of the dining room. Looks good!

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