I picked up a Raskog cart on one of last year’s IKEA jaunts. I am pretty much in love with this little cart! For the first few months it lived in our laundry room holding detergent and bleach and other not-so-exciting-but-necessary-stuff. One day I was dragging books out of our home library to start our homeschool day, and it occurred to me that wheels would make the job a heck of a lot easier and more fun. So the little cart moved into our library and now I use it to store the books I need to work with the kids each day.
Every morning I wheel this baby out to the kitchen, where it is central to everything we are doing. We are very much a “homeschool all over the place family” but I tend to center operations in the kitchen. I originally thought I would store supplies like pencils, erasers, scissors and such plus books on this cart, but we have a lot of books so there is not enough space. On my next trip to IKEA, I am planning to get my Raskog a sibling and use her to store those sorts of things.
I use this cart for the books I need most days and the contents switch up as we finish books and start others. Each kiddo also has a crate of independent materials. So the cart is really for the subjects I do with them. I arrange the contents in roughly the order we work each day. I start the day with my youngest and the top shelf holds:
- A folder containing a printed chalk pastel e-book from You Are an Artist
- The Children’s Book of Art
- Life of Fred Goldfish
- The notebooks she uses for Life of Fred and her writing assignments
- Prima Latina student workbook, audio CD, flashcards, and teacher’s manual
- Our current Five in a Row read ~Salamander Room ~ plus the FIAR teacher’s manual and cookbook
- First Language Lessons (level 4) teacher manual and workbook
- Our current BookShark read-alouds ~ A Child’s Introduction to Poetry, Children’s Encyclopedia of American History, The Landmark History of the American People (available through BookShark), and Johnny Tremain.
Going down a shelf, my older kiddos do much more work independently, so their shelves are shared.
On the middle shelf, I have:
- Our materials for Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind for my 9th & 7th graders (available from The Well-Trained Mind)
- Those Amazing Musical Instruments (our 7th grade music study ~ it’s tucked under all the grammar books!)
- Art of Argument teacher’s manual and student book (for my 7th grader)
- A Treasury of Poetry for Young People (9th grade poetry study)
- Our current BookShark 6 read-aloud ~ A Single Shard
Then, on the bottom shelf I have:
- All of our materials for First Form Latin (9th & 7th graders) ~ these take up most of the shelf space!
- Discovery of Deduction teacher and student manuals (9th & 11th graders)
- Oak Meadow’s Environmental Science teacher’s manual (11th grade, tucked underneath the other books)
I honestly could not do without my little cart….and as a plus, it is just too cute. The only thing I am sad about is that I really wanted to get a blue one, but they were out of stock and it seems they don’t make a blue Raskog anymore. This color is the red/brown and I like it, but I have my fingers crossed there will be another fun and different color by the time I make it back to IKEA.