Not Back to School: School Room
Our school room is a great room that has lots of storage option. It’s got built in cabinets, along with a counter that runs the length of one full wall. We have a a closet with adjustable shelving, a large front window that overlooks a beautiful farm. And around the room is wainscoting with a chair rail that makes for a perfect chalk rack, which is why I put two large chalkboards side by side on one wall.
I have a large table in the center of the room which serves as my desk and a smaller table next to it which serves as my young man’s desk. We keep the books between us, so I have easy access for planning and he has easy access for work.
The reality for us is that we only use the school room for 1/2 the school year. We do actually use it for school from September to mid-January. Since our classroom is in our basement, and we heat the home with wood in winter, we close off unnecessary rooms to preserve heat. While the school room is convenient, we can school in any room of the house, so from mid-January to around mid-April we school in the dining room.
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Then again, as homeschoolers we school in nearly every room of the house. Young Man does reading on his bed or outside in his fort house. We do science experiments in the kitchen, and yes, occasionally at the bathroom sink. He has had online lessons wherever the laptop happens to be. He practices piano in the living room or on his keyboard in the playroom. He does art wherever the inspiration strikes.
I learned a long time ago that homeschool doesn’t look like public school and a classroom should be the world we live in. Sometimes, the best lessons aren’t learned in books, they are learned in life and we as homeschool moms need to embrace life as learning mentality and stop thinking inside the class room box.
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