Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Our school room

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I always hesitate to say “our school room” because we actually learn in many rooms of our home.  And yes, our school rooms do come with a very energetic 3-year-old.  (see picture above– bottom left)

Our first learning area is our living room (shown above).  This is where we begin our days with Bible and memory work.  You’ll find us returning to this area to read books together and play blocks & games on the rug.

Behind the couch is our “middle school” for the two older boys, 6th and 8th grades. 

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Tucked behind the living room door is our nature table and memory work board.  As the year goes on, this area will be filled with nature finds and books. 

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From our living room we go into our middle room which is the home to our “elementary school” for the girls, 3rd grade and Kindergarten.

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There is a folding table (you may see it in the picture above – under the calendar) that is pulled out and set up for the girls to do their school work. 

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To help keep up with paint, extra glue, and other supplies we use a shoe organizer behind a door in the middle room.

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We also have little storage containers to take to the desks that hold pencils, markers, crayons, etc.

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And shelves…you can never have enough shelves to help organize school things.

These shelves hold books and items that we will need this school year.

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Our children’s books, unused school books, manipulatives, art supplies, and preschool things are on shelves in the hall.

 I’ve written more about homeschooling in a small house here

This post is linked to Heart of the Matter’s Not Back to School Blog Hop.





  1. HomegrownandbeeyoutifulAugust 17, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    I've been trying like a mad woman to get over here and visit you. love this post. you have a lovely way of making things flow in your homeschool. I admit I'm getting a little nervous this year. I will be "officially' schooling two children. How can you be in so many places all at once? I'm not sure I'm ready for summer tobe over with yet:-)

  2. I love your photography on the site! Well done. It's got a beautiful layout. I like reading about your home schooling adventures- mine's too little to think about school right now. It takes a lot of love and gumption to home school and blog and be a mom and wife! Well done.

  3. Sweet Country LifeAugust 18, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    WOW! Looks great and so clean and organized! I am ever so impressed! ;o)

  4. I've been missing you, Amanda! :) Really, though, I understand being busy. I have a hard time visiting blogs very much anymore. I try to fit it in a few times a week when I can. I get nervous every year about adding more kids to the school. I still get so nervous about that very energetic 3-year-old up there! Honestly, I can't be in so many places at once so I just do what I can. I focus a lot on getting the younger ones to read because that is what lessens my load as a teacher. It does help a lot as the older ones get more independent.

  5. Thank you, Mollie. Your comment made my day. I was having a bit of a rough day and then I read your comment. It was just the encouragement that I needed. Thank you!

  6. Thank you, Kristin. And after just one half day of working on school routines and a little does not look so clean and organized. I can only imagine what it will look like in a month! ;~)

  7. I just love all of the organizing idea. What great spaces.

  8. Thank you, Dawn. I actually ended up rearranging the Kindergarten/preschool area today. Other than that, we are really enjoying our learning spaces.

  9. Great use of space! We have a little container for nature stuff, but I'd love to have a whole shelf.


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