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. 🙂
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. 🙂 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.
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!
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.