So, post your favorite photos of your space, or just give me ideas. We tend to like Waldorf inspired classrooms, especially since. Dd1 is only 4.
I don't have much $$$$ for the project, so the close to free, the better.
I have to agree with Moomin about where kids like to be - which is wherever you are. I was excited when DD was little to set up a room, too, and it was lots of fun to plan and decorate, but we always ended up at the kitchen table or the living room floor. It would be good to have a place where the materials are organized and accessible, though.
I would say as many bookshelves as you can get in there the better. And I would go with wider ones that you can put storage bins on. I would imagine I am not the only one who has ended up with an amazing amount of books and educational magazines and art supplies and an ant hill and a butterfly deal.....
I have contemplated setting up a special area for school- but our dining room works pretty good for us. I have a very large shelf and drawer combo in there that I have the books we are currently using and our supplies.... I would like it to look nice and am trying to work on that this week. I can't handle how cluttered everything there is. Anyway- I am thinking that each kid needs a bin/basket for their stuff on it. I think if we had a separate room we would be less inclined to pick things up at the end of the day and then things would get misplaced- which it is hard to do math if your math book is missing and ends up in the toy box... You may be much more rigid in things than I am though :)
Very inspiring :) I love the idea of a comfy couch for snuggling up to read together.