Today I am sharing our homeschool room, and all the other little spaces in our home that we carve out for use in learning!
This is how our official school room looks when entered from the kitchen:
A few closer photos, with descriptions of how we use each space:
A closer look:
(Note: the Eco Paper and Eco crayons that are visible in the photo on the top shelf are environmentally friendly products made locally by a family business who want more for the world. I love supporting their business, and you can too by checking out their website here!)
Skipping past the door to the kitchen, the next thing you see in our homeschool room is my "command central", where I keep all my magic. Errrr, manuals. Smile.
geography work. I keep manuals and teacher guides currently in use next to my computer, plus a magnetic whiteboard for use in lessons (right now it's got a world map on it for our geography world tour).
Again, skipping the door to the front hall, the next item in our schoolroom is our geography area.
read this post. The black board above it is a felt board, but I often put up posters or relevant pictures of our "travels" in geography as we go.
USA map and world map, with the legend presented on the side of the shelf next to them. I love these because they are large enough to really see and use, plus they are laminated to we can use dry erase markers on them, then simply wipe them off.
holidays or other thematic units. These shelves currently hold our red rods, some tactile dominoes like these, our knobless cylinders, and our cylinder block sets. Next to the shelf is the pink tower, a Montessori sensorial staple item.
read this post. For the most part, I split the space in the bookshelf between the three levels of learners I currently school, and ensure there is is something challenging there for everyone. The purpose of the shelves is always to invite a child to practice a skill they are familiar with, or two challenge them to develop a new skill.
literacy shelves. Just before them is a numbers poster on the wall for use with the math shelves, and a framed picture of one of the children's first-ever finger painting. I'm such a sentimental sucker.
literacy shelves there is a basket of early reader books and an alphabet poster for quick reference while using shelf materials. Above that is another felt board, which currently is being used to display fractions. If you like the window star shown here, I purchase the paper from one of my favorite local businesses called Bella Luna Toys (fear not- they ship!) and their You Tube channel shares how to make the stars, along with lots of other Waldorf crafting ideas and methods.
There are plenty of other spaces in our home where we make learning happen too, and to even suggest that all our schooling takes place in this room would be crazy. Here's a quick peek at some other great spaces that fill our needs:
We of course school in the living room, when we snuggle to read and build huge block cities. We school in our kitchen as we preserve, prepare and consume our food. Ben has a desk in his room that he uses to create Lego everything, which I also consider to be a learning process. We've moved the play kitchen and dress up center to other spots in the house, but we still consider these activities to be "learning" activities too. Children's play is learning!
"outdoor classroom" here. You can also read the post on our outdoor play space here.
Would you like to see the tour of our school room from last year? Check it out here!
I'm linked up to the Not Back to School Blog Hop!
How we plan our homeschool year (with curriculum)
First day of school pictures