Friday, February 15, 2008

Where Do You Homeschool?

I have so enjoyed lurking today and getting a glimpse into so many school spaces. It has really given me inspiration and has gotten me excited all over again about the beginning of our homeschool journey. I decided to take the plunge and share photos of what will be our homeschool space and hopefully benefit from your ideas and advice!

In our new home, we are blessed with a large room with lots of windows, lots of drawers, and lots of bookshelves and cabinets. This room is currently the playroom and will extend to being the school room next fall. We hunker down in the bean bag chairs for our read-alouds now. I think that the drawers and shelves and cabinets will be really helpful with all the curricula and manipulatives and books and supplies we will collect. However, I can already tell that we'll need to start troubleshooting.

For one thing, the bookshelves are not adjustable and are a little too short for notebooks. Other than laying notebooks on their sides, do any of you have any suggestions for storing notebooks?

Within the drawers and cabinets, I can tell that we will need additional storage solutions like bins and baskets. Do any of you have some favorite storage solutions you'd like to share?

The windows are great for letting in light, but they don't leave much wall space for displaying materials (posters, whiteboards, bulletin boards, artwork)? Any suggestions? I have a couple of framed Mary Engelbreit posters from my old classroom that I have my heart set on including in the schoolroom, but would like room for instructional materials, too!

We will add the schoolroom a table and four chairs of my husband's from bachelor days. The top is laminate and easy to clean.

This is our space, and I would appreciate any advice on setting it up for homeschooling. I promise to repay by sharing once we are in the groove ourselves!


Rachel said...

That looks like a PERFECT room!!

As for displaying things when you don't have space on the walls, Amy at once shared how she repurposed the base of an old cheval mirror, put a rod (can also use a stick from a mop) on the top and then got binder clips... She punched holes into the learning posters that she wanted to display (if they aren't laminated, I would recommend doing that first) and then hooking the clips on and hanging it from the Rod. It makes for a pretty display, but you can also create something similar many different ways -- it just depends on what you have on hand, how much money you want to spend or what kind of garage sale/thrift store finds you can get! :-)

Looks great, though, I can tell you will love it!


Anonymous said...

Now that's what I call a great space! You will have fun making it into your school room.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you joined in today! I LOVE your room. The only suggestion I have is for the those kiddos some binoculars and a nature notebook. You won't even have to go out in the winter! I love all those book shelves. You are going to have a wonderful time setting that room up when the time comes!

Amy Wyatt said...

This room looks awesome! You will have fun making it work for your homeschool many possibilities.

Anonymous said...

I love the shelves, drawers, and windows in your future school room. I would love to have a room like that. :)

Mommy Reg said...

I love the wall of shelves and cabinets. That is so useful with homeschooling. I use dish pans for each of my kid's individual school work. And at my last house, we had a room for homeschool but always found ourselves moving to the couch in the living room. In the homeschool room though I had a whole closet just for the books. The room had a couch too but it was a small room and I think that was part of the reason why. The kids just had their computer time in there other than that we always wanted to leave that room. Where we moved to, doesn't have a closet like that so I am trying to figure out where I am going to put all my books. Here is my post on where I homeschool. Where I Homeschool
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LisaWA said...

Oh! I would love to have that room! The cabinets and the window seating! I can’t wait to see what it will look like!

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