I thought it'd be fun, in the spirit of "back to school", to give a little tour of our homeschool. Although our learning takes place everywhere, here are the spaces I've tried to organize in hopes of maintaining some structure and order(ish) to our home.
The "Discovery Room"
It's amazing what you can do with a (very) tiny room. We call it our Discovery Room because the idea of having a 'school room' didn't appeal to us. I don't really want the children to think learning happens in one place at one time. It is, however, a room we use to explore and discover, so the name is fitting!
|Our "Discovery Room" in the bright midday sun.|
|Our Discovery Room book shelf with our Core books, research books, other curriculum, and living books for this year's studies.|
|Our shelf of Sonlight Core B books.|
|Art and Music Appreciation shelf. (Yes, we love Usborne...)|
|Resource books and Encyclopedias. The folders on the far right are divided into Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, and Medieval Times for our study of Core B (World History).|
|The other side of the Discovery Room.|
|Language Arts shelf.|
|Our Letter Drawers and Word Boxes.|
|LOVE this reading program, Very First Reading from Usborne.|
|Our Science shelf and box.|
|More writing tools. I like having little notebooks and small pads of paper available for them to grab quickly and create projects.|
|Another writing/creating basket I put on the back table.|
|Our really simplified version of Workboxes. Each child has their own row of bins (once again, thank you, Ikea). Top bin is Math, middle bin is Language Arts, and bottom bin is their own little storage area for drawings, papers, etc.|
What I really love about our Discovery Room is the peaceful, engaging place it provides for the children to just be. They will go to that room to draw, to build Lego, to pull out Science experiments, to complete their assignments, and to just explore with their own creations.
Here's a peak at the kids, from 6:30am this morning... I woke up to them happily engaged in their drawings... looking in through our old window on the back deck -
|Early (VERY early) morning quiet creative time...|
The Kitchen/Dining Room Area
Alright, so... this is our kitchen... it's slightly odd to photograph it for this, but it does make sense to include this space. So much of our messy work is done in the kitchen - arts, crafts, Science experiments, cooking, baking, creating, you name it. We use this space constantly. (It also happens to be the biggest room in the house, so we gravitate here, I suppose!)
|Our little country kitchen... so many memories are made here!|
Our Reading and Rest Room (AKA Living Room)
And once again, sooo... this is our living room. This is a part of our 'homeschool' because it is where our children land when they are looking for a time of rest. Often times throughout the day, I'll glance in the living room and find one (or more!) of our children curled up with a book, enjoying a moment to themselves.
We have a LOT of books. I've tried my best to organize them in a way that makes sense but is also engaging and appealing for the children. Below I've shown two of our shelves that include fiction, bibles/bible story books, and poetry books.
And.... our outside learning space... the deck! Love this...
|I don't think there's anything better than doing our work and reading on a sunny, breezy deck... especially when we've been inside for 7 months of Winter!|
Organization - the Weekly File Box
Alright... so, once again, I feel a little silly sharing this kind of thing, but I know how helpful it could potentially be for those of us that struggle with organization. Here is an idea I got from somewhere at some point in time from some other blogger out there... vague enough?
I have found this system SO helpful in keeping me organized. At the beginning of the month/year I make most of the photocopies I'll need of reproducibles, etc. For the month, I will pull the needed material and put it in this file box in the 'print outs' section. Then, I can filter through the days as I go on a weekly rotation. I know exactly what we will be doing Monday-Friday because all the copies are already separated by day. It's so easy!
|I know Wednesday we will be working on the "This is the Life" page in relation to our study of Charlotte's Web. I write in in our schedule and on the Wednesday, I pull it from the file, ready to go. Easy peasy!|
Well, I think that's about it! Thanks for coming along on the little 'tour'.
Can't wait to share more memories with you this year, friends!