Around Our Homeschool Room

Our homeschool room – sometimes we use it a lot.  Sometimes we are gathered in the kitchen around the table or counter.  Sometimes we are laying on the floor in a bedroom or cuddled up on the couch.  But this room is the headquarters… and the storage room.  I thought I would give a mini tour around the room.  Literally.  I stood in one spot and took four pictures just to show you a little of our classroom.

Classroom 1

When you walk in, my desk is facing the door.  I have a little set of drawers that holds papers, files, etc.  On top is a basket with all my teachers manuals. To the left are some colored cutouts. Those are the books that we have read together this year.  Alyse has her own little wall of cutouts for her books on the other side of the room.

Classroom 3

This room is almost all windows, which I love, but we only really have one wall.  Sometimes it kinda drives me crazy that this wall is top to bottom posters, but we are working with what we got.  I did hole punch a bunch of charts and posters and put them on the chart stand that is to the far right.

We only have a small white board right now.  Eventually I would like to get a bigger one.  We have a small black board also.  We don’t usually use that one very often.  Our yearly verse is written on it and the girls say it everyday.  (Psalm 19:14 – May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.)

The bookshelf has a bunch of baskets filled with flashcards, paper, computer games, CDs, and other things.  Each girl has a basket too that they have extra books in.

We have a calendar and a “Math Meeting” pocket chart (the green one on the cabinet door).  The yellow pocket chart is their Spelling Spot.  Alyse writes her spelling words each week and puts them there and Breeley has about 10 sight words at a time that she has there to work on.  The bulletin board on the top is for their art projects to be put on. Above the door is multiplication tables.  On the side is our daily count of how many school days we have had.  Each month we change the theme.  Apples, pumpkins, snowflakes, hearts, etc.

Classroom 2

This is my usual view.  Well, actually there are usually three little people in those seats.

We bought the desk in the middle for Alyse about 2 years ago.  This summer I posted on Facebook and asked if anyone had seen anything similar to it for Breeley.  By the magic of Facebook, my friend Ashley had 2 that she was trying to sell.  Amazing! One is a little smaller, but that works perfect for Cammie.

The cabinet is full of books, manipulatives, files, craft and school supplies, etc.  I try to keep it organized, but since this school year is almost over, it isn’t really in the best of shape.

Classroom 4

The windows in this room make it very bright, which I like.  They also can kind of distract the girls a little.  We just put a birdfeeder on one of the windows, so that is their latest distraction.  We also have a little seed science project on one of the window ledges.

The girls each have their drawers, one for each subject.  They keep their books and whatever is needed for their lesson in the drawer.  In the middle is another vintage school desk.  The crate has a bunch of books (mostly for Cammie to look at or for me to read with Breeley.)  We also use the bench front to stack projects on.  Those are some canvases waiting to be painted on when its a nice day, and some books that I need to go over with Alyse.  The little white chair pulled up to my desk is our conferencing chair.  That chair makes it easy to have one on one instructional time with the girls.

This whole room is colorful, kinda crazy, and a comfortable spot for us to work in. It makes my teacher heart happy to have our own little classroom to work in. As I said, now that it’s towards the end of the year it is a little messy and unorganized, but I like the phrase: Excuse the mess. The children are making memories.

The Rooms Are Filled With Precious and Pleasant Riches

 

Prov 24

I love our house.  We have lived in it for about 2yrs now.  This is the house that we saved and prayed for.  It is a white “farmhouse” (no farm, no animals – even though the girls would love that!) with a wrap around porch out in the country.  Now, it may not be your dream home, but it is ours.

When we were building, I told our builder that I wanted our house to feel like it was built 100yrs ago.  I love vintage/antique things.  Since we moved in I have been slowly buying more and more vintage things and love decorating with them.  I really want our house to be full of things we love – precious and pleasant riches.

Here is one of my favorite corners of our house:

family room

 

This is in our Family Room.

The window is from a little vintage shop not far from our house.  (I had to fight Josh for that window.  He didn’t get why I wanted to put an old window on the wall, but he has learned to go with it and not fight my decorating plans.)  I made the wreath on the window and also the burlap wreath above the fireplace.  The fireplace is an example of Josh doing whatever he can to help make my dreams come true.  When we were building, our builder told us that because of our porch we could not put a fireplace on any wall in our family room because of fire codes.  I was devastated.  But Josh did some research and found these fireplaces.  They use real flame/smokeless gel burners.  So, no we don’t get a huge roaring fire, but we do have real flames and they look pretty.  He also did all the moldings himself after we moved in. On the mantle is a beautiful framed verse that I got as a gift from a friend and a portrait of my girls taken and given to me by my friend Angela.  The other things are all Hobby Lobby finds – I like Hobby Lobby.  A lot.

The chairs were “stolen” by Josh.  They were in his mom’s garage for he thinks around 20yrs.  About 9-10yrs ago he took them and they moved to our garage.  For years we have wanted to use them, but I kept wanting to get them re-covered.  Finally, a few months ago, we decided not to waste them anymore.  Josh brought them in, I cleaned and cleaned them, and now they are bringing a nice touch to our family room.

To the right is my “verse wall”.  (I will go more into detail about that another time…)