Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Not Back to School Blog Hop: School Rooms
Where my kids learn: all over the house (and out in the world too).
The theme of this week's blog hop is "School Room Week". Ha! We don't have a "school room" anymore, so I should be disqualified from this one, eh?
When we first moved into this house in 2011, the fact that it had an "extra" room meant we could finally have a school room. Our school year started off in that room that year. But then it became clear to me pretty fast that we didn't really like to be constrained to just one room, and that the kids distracted each other a lot when they had to work too close together. Then I couldn't really multi-task my housework, either, when we were in that one room. Oh, and the lighting wasn't great either.
So we started to drift out of the room. Into the dining room. Into the kitchen. Into the living room. Into the "music room". We would set up a card table for art wherever the light was best for that time of the day.
It's not as picture-worthy or aesthetically pleasing but here's the truth of how we live as homeschoolers:
The "school room" is renamed "the den" and my husband and I are trying to find the perfect way to set that room up as our offices and my craft room. It's also still great storage for all the stuff and books that just keeps accumulating. But the stuff we are currently using has moved out of that room.
Milk crates for each child keep their books accessible and portable. The crates live in the dining room, but get carried all over the place depending on where we feel like working.
Shelves in the living room house the library books (mine have overflowed onto the floor because I have too many!).
Clipboards for each child keep them organized with their daily assignments.
A file of photocopied worksheets also goes on that clipboard.
And that lets us stay organized and drag stuff all over the house at the same time. It is a bit messy, but it works for us.