The last two days that I was missing in action from my blog were spent painting our new library reading room. We took a “vacation” from our usual math and reading subjects.

I have always dreamed about dedicating a room for a library, but just for myself, with floor to ceiling bookshelves, a floor globe, a fern, you know the typical old library theme. It was not high on the priority list. However, after reading the Read-Aloud book, within hours I had started in on our new, fun Children’s Library Reading Room! I wanted a vibrant room where we’d be excited about books and reading. I chose youthful, playful lime (lime heart) as I always loved that color. Halfway through the process, I thought the room could use a bit more energy and brightness so I went out and got orange (casa de oro). I would have never thought of using orange before, but I love the combination!

Satori was very excited about the painting process, and she painted the lower part of the lime wall.

Satori painting

Satori painting

We even made some walls magnetic! I was worried it wouldn’t work with our textured walls, but it works great! David was very doubtful when he saw the BLACK magnetic primer plastered horridly on the walls, but with just 2 coats, I couldn’t have asked for a better result. I gave Satori a jar of magnetic numbers and she immediately put down 0-9, just like in our Math-U-See!

Magnetic walls

Magnetic walls

Today we’ll let everything dry and hopefully over the weekend install the rain gutter bookshelves. I’ve got a fun purple couch ready to go along one wall, and I’m going to order colorful bean bags for Satori to read on. I’ll put our colorful maps on one wall. Maybe put up an inspiration wire to host Satori’s artwork and crafts…

Here is the bare room, with fresh paint and freshly washed carpets!

Freshly painted/washed carpets

Freshly painted/washed carpets

While I was painting yesterday Satori worked on her online ReadingEggs.com, we haven’t logged on for a few months. She goes through it super fast now compared to just 2 months ago now that we are going through our Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading book. She’s now on Map 4. And hey, I noticed they use the exact same color scheme as our new reading room – orange and lime!