It has been awhile since I have shared much from our homeschool, so I thought I would participate in this week’s Heart Of The Matter meme and show you our school room. Very elaborate and beautifully decorated, I am sure it will be the envy of homeschoolers the world over.
First, we have the independent learning center. This is where children may come to select activities and interact with one another during self-directed, exploratory activities. Note the purple curtain in the background. This is actually a sunroom-turned-bedroom and thus has three walls of windows, covered here for intimacy, but opened in the daytime to allow minds to range freely even while bodies are trapped indoors. Going with the Bringing-the Outdoors-in theme, my children are preparing for a camp out. Or is it a camp in?
With only 900 square feet, finding a place to get away is sometimes a challenge. Here, my daughter has solved the problem beautifully by retreating to the top of her bunk bed. And pulling up the ladder, which you cannot see in this picture. She has taken a quiet moment to read a book…at 11 PM! I think she may be a bit like me.
Many homeschoolers do the bulk of their teaching at the kitchen table. We did away with that nuisance long ago and no longer own a kitchen table. Instead, we use TV trays for just about everything that might pass as school. Here, the children are playing a nice game of chess. I love this picture because….well…it just looks so homeschoolerish. Nevermind that neither of them knew how to play when this picture was taken. It is all about the image discovery.
With limited space comes creativity, and every room and every piece of furniture does double duty. Here is an impromptu tea party on my old bed. And what tea party is complete without a baby dressed as a…actually, I’m not sure what they were thinking. Their living doll is pretty patient, however.
Last, but not least, is the center of our homeschooling: the sofa. And here you can see a little of my philosophy of how to keep toddlers under control while teaching: just give them the same tools and let them play along. Note the ubiquitous TV tray. Can’t do school without it.
As you can see, our school room covers pretty much the entire house. Nine hundred square feet may be small for a house, but it isn’t bad for a school room. All that aren’t pictured here are the laundry room because they aren’t allowed in there. Just LOOK AT WHAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF and I think you will understand why. And the kitchen. For some reason, young children near open flame requires a level of attention I do not have behind a camera, but if you follow that link, you will see my three year old in her chosen profession which definitely involves the kitchen.
And it is the school room of my dreams because here is where my children are now, building something for their futures that we cannot yet even guess at.
Homeschool Memoirs is also collecting posts about school rooms if you would like to look at even more.