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.
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.
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.
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.
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.