This post will show you that homeschooling does not mean your entire house looks like a classroom. As much as I wish we had more space devoted to homeschooling, we are fast growing out of our house with five children and the space is just not there.

I was homeschooled all of my life, and I remember the first year we homeschooled there was a room devoted just for our school desks, the American flag, the teacher’s desk up front, etc. It looked like school at home. That only lasted one year, as my mom quickly realized that in order to be a homeschooling mother you had to be able to focus on more than one thing, and school was just part of life. The dining room table was always used, so she could fold laundry, make lunch, and work around the house while lessons were going on as well. I knew when I started homeschooling our children that I would need to do the same thing.

So, we do the typical dining room/classroom approach! We also use our living room for lots of read a loud time, but I didn’t take pictures of it because there was laundry all over the couch. πŸ™‚

This is where the most of our lesson time takes place. I’m working on decorating our Dining Room a little bit, so you see the curtain rod in the corner that is waiting to be hung over our sliding glass door. πŸ™‚ I’m going to hang white curtains up there.

In this little corner I keep some school supplies (paper, crafting things, etc.) in the storage bin. On top of that is where I have crayons, pencils, etc. But I think I’m going to try something different this week as I’m not thrilled with how it’s working out.

The school desk is what my children’s Nana (Grandma) used to use for school when she was little! I think it’s pretty special. I just got it from her, and I’m planning on painting it. Our boys take turns using it for handwriting, spelling, and drills. I find that they are less distracted when one is at the desk and one is at the table.

The doors leading off of our dining room take you to our laundry room, and our office/shipping room for The Modest Mom store.Β 

Here is where we keep our immediate books that we use daily. We started school on Friday and I just haven’t had time to organize everything yet, but this has worked pretty well for keeping all our daily books together.

This is my favorite spot in our dining room. I won this quilt from a blog giveaway several years ago and I just adore it! I love the cheerful colors in it. The picture I just bought from Breezy Brookshire and I still need to get it framed. It will hang above the quilt. I always think of a homeschooling mom when I see the picture, and have dreamed of having it in our classroom area for awhile now!

I just painted our table and chairs, and I’m thrilled with how they turned out. That was a summer project that I had on my list so I’m glad it’s done!

In case you are wondering where our books are, we have bookcases in our living room (well, entry way into our living room) so that is where most of them are.

I’m so glad you got to peek at our humble little school room! I would love to have you sign up to follow The Modest Mom blog so you can receive more updates! I have some fun homeschool giveaways to do this month!

If you would like to view other homeschool classrooms, check out the iHomeschoolnetwork link up! I’m already loving all the classroom pictures I’m seeing!

Not Back to School Blog Hop

In place of our normal Modest Monday link ups, you are welcome to link up any posts that is related to homeschooling. We will resume our regular Modest Monday posts and link ups in September.Β 



30 Comments on Our Homeschool Classroom

  1. How special to have grandmother’s desk! My boys work better seperated too. I absolutely LOVE that quilt and picture. You have a perfect schooling area!

  2. Your homeschool room looks so happy and cozy! πŸ™‚ We use our kitchen table and livingroom couches for homeschool too! πŸ˜‰ I love cuddling up on the couch with the 6 little ones, cozying up to a good living book, or tossing in laundry, baking bread while overseeing math in the dinningroom…With good days and bad days, overall there are wonderful, loving memories that are made with homeschooling and the Lord Jesus has blessed us greatly with this journey He has set before us! I enjoy reading your updates! blessings!

  3. Your dining/school room looks so cute. I love painted furniture, too. My Mom has those exact chairs, except her’s are still oak. πŸ˜‰
    We homeschool in our lower level family room in a corner, for now. Nathanael, my older son, in still 5, so he sits at a child size table and chairs. We store our books and other supplies above the table on a ledge that goes all along that wall.

  4. Oh don’t paint the desk! It’s darling. Save yourself the project. The color is so trendy, looks great with the dark wood and it’s such a great compliment to the quilt. I love it just how it is!

    • So far the desk has been untouched because I don’t have the time. It’s growing on me, so it might not get painted. πŸ™‚

  5. I also love the picture and quilt display, and the old school desk is a very special touch! Thank you for hosting the linkup again! I’m sharing a post I did last year about why we’ve chosen the homeschool approach that we did.

  6. Please forgive me. I’ve done this twice now and I should know better. I typically link up my posts and then go back and read the host post and read from the other links. I feel really stupid to have linked up non-homeschooling posts this week and last. I promise not to do this again. I’m sorry I caused you the extra effort to delete these posts again. Gail

  7. I love how close the outdoors and sunshine are to your table! This past year has been my first in homeschooling my first grader and preschooler, and it has been quite a challenge. I also have a toddler who gets pretty lonely very quickly if we are all in another room. I haven’t figured out how to balance homeschooling, giving my full attention to teaching them how to read (how important!) and cooking/cleaning. It seems that immediately after breakfast, I need to start school, because if I don’t it will throw my whole day off. In no time, it’s time to fix lunch, and after that my day FLIES by. I feel like the majority of my day is spent in the kitchen, cooking and cleaning up after three messy children (my husband also works at home, so I feed him, too). There is no time for deep cleaning, all I do is pick up after people. I need a better schedule.

  8. Very lovely, Caroline! I enjoyed the pictures πŸ™‚

    Been meaning to send an email over your way for quite a while now, but time keeps escaping me…I hope y’all are doing well!

    • Hi Amy! We are doing great, just staying very busy! Sean starts a new semester at his 4 year college Wednesday, so we are trying to get geared up for that. When he talked to the head of the graphic design department they told him to enjoy his last week of freedom. Yikes! That makes him nervous. πŸ™‚ We are just praying that we can make it through the next two years so he can finish up! How are you doing?

  9. I love your table and chairs! πŸ™‚ I used to dream of having a room that was dedicated to our homeschooling until our first year was done and I realized that would just not work for us. πŸ˜‰ Now its tried and true to the room we go! Loved your pics!

    • No it was a $15 garage sale find that my Mom bought for me. πŸ™‚ It’s been all over the house, and recently joined the table!

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