My "school" setup for Xander got a major overhaul last week. I have been struggling with our set up for a while and am so grateful to have a solution. Xander was really getting to the point where I wanted to be able to offer him more trays each week. However, while I loved the the shelves I had before, they really limited the number of trays I could have. I looked for some way to add another tray to each cube, but didn't find anything that used the space well. I also thought about a drawer cart (like this) but have no place to put it in that room. A big part of the problem is that I have a big room, but use it for my bedroom, Xander's bedroom, my office, and Xander's school area (when I finish grad school and get my own place again I hope to dedicate a room to Xander's school). Anyway, I wasn't finding a solution, so I made the three hour trip to the closest IKEA. After much debate and back and forth, I ended up with three TROFAST units, which seemed to fit the space the best.
I love the versatility. I can have about 8 trays going, plus a couple of shelves for puzzles, and an extra shelf, and still have some storage.
While I was at it, I did a bit of sprucing up in other areas of the room. This is where I used to keep some of Xander's tot school things. The binder is where I put the page from his Tot Packs. I had some shape related books and the bin held dry erase markers, an eraser, his minibook from the current theme, pocket chart phrases, shape cards, 3 part cards from the current theme, and his car and train for the highway shapes.
I bought this little three drawer container from target to organize the things from the bin. Granted it isn't a huge change, but it will shave me some time digging.
One drawer will fit the mini book and simple puzzles, one will fit the pocket chart phrases and 3 part cards, and the last will hold the dry erase markers, eraser, and car.
I also picked up a neat little shelf on my trip to IKEA. Here is Xander trying to help hang it.
Little man, big level.
The end result of Xander's little corner. I absolutely love it! For now the shelf just has a few books that go with our theme. When we get to letters (working on the materials for this fall), I plan to put letter related materials on the shelf. I feel like it really rounds out the corner. I also love that his table is light enough I can pull it out into the room and work across from him. I also keep his pocket chart there for easy access.