Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Home (Sweet) School with Wallies

Do you want a chalkboard that is light as a feather, easy to move, and doesn't cause injuries?  Then you want a Wallies chalkboard.  These chalkboards are perfect for homeschools, offices and bedrooms.  They are easy to move and you can write on them with regular chalk.  I tired the Wallie chalkboard in different ways.  I did this while carrying my new born in a sling.  Now you know it is easy.

There was not much do in terms of perparation for these giant stickers.    You just remove them from the clear box, peel a small part off from the backing and voila you have a classroom.  I tried writing on the chalkboard right away and it was nice and smooth.  It is important to smooth the sticker out in small secitons as you work.  Also you can't use side walk chalk on these chalkboards.

My cousin took these picture.  Can you see my newborn in the sling?

MyWallie chalkboard is ready for some accessories!

These strips come in various patterns, themes, and sizes.  All you need are a pair of scissors and tape.  You can create a border that changes or have one that stays year round.

My new chalkboard from Wallies!
Wallies carries a variety of shapes and sizes. (They have the solar system, trees, animals, you name it!)  This set comes in four.  I wish I had known about these in my public teaching days!

The news is out that I am homeschooling our son for the first time.  We have a lot of work ahead of us.  Today we set up the room (see below). We also picked  a name for the school - Home (Sweet) School.  I am sure there a millions others who have picked that name.  Thank goodness Urban Bubbles sent me those chalkboards from Wallies.   It was lots of fun.  Get ready for our Home (Sweet) School tour.  So excited.

Here are some before shots:  (This room was used as a playroom/craft room for the past year.)

Now it looks like this:

My second said he wanted to model - with his shirt off. Can you see our new word wall?

Our new word wall. We will only keep new words on the board until they learn them.

I used cushions to hide my supplies and made a reading nook.  The kids started using it right away!

Storage for our stuff.  Each subject has a shelf.  I love being this organized!

Supply central!
Another place (filing cabinet) to make words.

I keep a school picture to remind me of what worked and didn't for me.

Quiet work station.

I think I'll end on a quiet note.  The way most long days at school should end. Thanks again Urban Bubbles and Wallies for making our classroom into a Home (Sweet) School!


Miss G said...

I clicked over from a comment of yours on MOB Society. Wow! I am so impressed with your classroom! It looks fantastic. Happy Homeschooling! May God continue to bless you and guide you as you raise your kiddos. Kelly

Myrtle's Turtles said...

Thanks for the visit Kelly. It looks like you have your hands full with your little guy! Thanks for the compliment - I hope I can relax and enjoy this time!

Alex Johnson said...

I found your blog through BlogFrog's Friday Follow.

And I'm so glad I did! :)

I was homeschooled my entire life from K-12. I'm now taking dual-enrollment courses at a local community college as part of my senior year.

Being homeschooled was one of the most rewarding parts of my life. I loved it! I'm so glad homeschooling is becoming more popular!

You've really outdone yourself with all the organization and thought that you've put into it. Outstanding! :)

And let me just say, that reading nook is absolutely adorable!!!

I know that God will bless you in all your homeschooling endeavours.


D and A said...

looks fun. I am also a homeschooling mama. You will have a blast and the chalkboard does look cool.

Amy @ Missional Mama3

viewfromdownhere said...

Thanks for stopping by! That chalkboard is pretty cool and definitely an easy way to help make a room a classroom!

L. Eleana Johnson said...

Your classroom is amazing. I was reading your about me section about the mommy blog thing, and I've been thinking about the same thing. I want to just be me, and write. I love the mommy blog designs, but I'm just not all things mommy.

BTW, you have a beautiful family!

Eat. Live. Laugh. and sometimes shop! said...

Love that chalkboard! I am amazed by mother who home school. My hat is off to you! Thank you for visiting!!

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to do a chalkboard for my son for a long time. I was thinking about the paint that you can buy, but I really like the Wallies idea much better. Thank you SO MUCH! for sharing this with me. I want that. :)

Amanda said...

We're in the process of converting the garage into a play/school area for my 3 year old. You had me inspired!!

Jersey Diva Mom said...

Best of success w/ homeschooling. I admire moms who take this on, I truly do!!

ps- ff from BF visit- Have a great weekend!

DANA said...

That looks like a lot of fun for you both! I found you on follow me friday and have enjoyed reading and being a new follower!

Elle said...

I hope to home school my girls when they are older. Your room looks great I am sure it was hard work. Good luck this year and be blessed. I am visiting from the blog frog.

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

I've never heard of Wallies, but I love the idea! And you've really made that space into a great school-like environment, well done!

Jennifer said...

How cool! I want a wallies for my house. I do not homeschool my kids but I am always struggling to organize all their art supplies etc. I like the way you have laid out the space and will take away ideas for my own kids art areas!

Visiting from BF!

Unplanned Cooking said...

I love that chalkboard! I have been looking everywhere for one like that (saw that chalkboard paint but wasn't ready to commit :).

Stopping by from BF

Myrtle's Turtles said...

The great thing about the chalkboard is that it peels off. You can restick it to another part of your home if you chose!

Hannah said...

LOVE the chalkboard and I know exactly how it feels to be so organized. Kuddos to you -looks great!

Visiting from BF FF

Lisa Madden Bass said...

Your class room looks GREAT! It is so nice to meet you, I found you through the Blog Frog, and am a new follower.
I cannot wait to see what more you post in the future.
Stop by and visit me at ALL THINGS WONDERFUL,, I would love to have you.
Please keep us posted on how homeschooling is going, please. I have a 6 year-old, and am uncertain what the future is going to hold with regards to public school.

Have a great weekend,

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! I am in love with that chalkboard! My daughter needs a more creative mother! lol! Your uber organizational skills will keep me coming back for more!

Kristen said...

What a great product! My daughter would love a chalkboard where she could practice her letters.
Your classroom looks so well organized. I wish you much success this year! Having young ones and trying to teach the older ones is a challenge. I homeschooled for 2 years and found it very rewarding.

Deborah | The Dance of Frugality said...

You've got me so excited to homeschool! My son is 2 and my youngest daughter is only 11 months but, nonetheless, we've started pre-preschool with our son! You've done a great job organizing and setting up your school. And I LOVE the chalkboard! I'm going to get one, too!

Chef Dennis said...

that chalkboard would be great for my kitchen, I can write daily instructions on it! Thanks for the info!

~Brenda said...

Found you and am following you from the BlogFrog! I just finished our homeschool room today, although I haven't hung our dry erase board yet. I looked high and low for a chalkboard and they were so expensive that I couldn't do it. Would love to get a Wallie, but am unsure of whether they'll work on a textured wall. Also, I only see a few select sizes on their site. Do they come in different sizes?

You can email me if you'd like at I'd really love to have a chalkboard rather than a stinky dry erase. :))

So glad I found you. Looks like we have MUCH in common (except my kids are teens). :)

Blessings to you,


Dorian said...

Hi Myrtle..your blogs so great and filled with ideas! That's why I've awarded you with A Blog Of Substance Award! Go to my blog for details and to pick up your button thingie!

Amiko said...

Love it!

Kara Marie said...

I found your blog through BlogFrog's Friday Follow!
I am impressed that you are home schooling your child - your classroom looks wonderful, and the reading nook is adorable!
Good luck this year!!