Our homeschool spaces
We are fortunate to have a good amount of space for different types of learning and creative activities. We don’t have a formal homeschool room. It feels a little like we are always either eating, preparing to eat, or cleaning up after eating, so we spend the majority of our time on the main floor near the kitchen. I did not want anywhere in our main living area to feel like a teacher supply store exploded, so most of our specifically homeschool materials are not in plain sight. We learn all over the place, but typically have certain areas for certain types of activities. So this is more of a whole house tour and less of a just a homeschool room tour.
During the day, most of our spaces have lots of natural light, but I took most of my pictures before the kids were up so we wouldn’t have a half-naked toddler photo-bombing every picture. Also, if the kids are asleep, it’s easier to pretend that relatively tidy is how we keep our house. So when you look at these pictures, just pretend that there is light streaming in all the windows casting a magical glow on everything (but not revealing the little fingerprints on those windows).
Now let’s get started on our tour.
When you walk in the front door, we pass our drop zone, where my husband installed benches and cubbies into what was formerly a coat closet. Each family member now has a spot for their shoes, jackets, and bags and we have shelves for all the other things we typically need to grab to get out the door. It helps immensely getting the kids out the door in a reasonable amount of time and was one of the best changes we’ve made to our house.
The first thing you see from the entry is our nature table. It was one of my many Craigslist finds and fits the spot perfectly. I had grand plans to do a huge wall display above the table with all the various blooms we have in the yard, pressed and artfully arranged. Then I saw this art on Etsy and fell in love with it. I appreciate the symbolism of nests and wanted to see that upon coming and going. So my (someday) pressed flower display project will have to find another spot. On the shelves of the nature table, we have baskets for rocks, shells, and other treasures the kids have gathered. Usually we have a magnifying glass here if it isn’t in a backpack for a hike. Sometimes we have a plastic microscope and handscope here, but they tend to migrate to elsewhere. The lower baskets hold field guides and other nature study books.
Open to our kitchen is our breakfast room, surrounded by windows on three sides. The not-really-my-style plaid couch was free from a coworker; I had plans to put it in our guest room but put it here when waiting to have someone help my husband carry it upstairs. It turned into one of our favorite places to sit and read and birdwatch so we decided to keep it there. The main table (again, Craigslist) is where we do the majority of our seatwork and have our teatime. If we have a lot out and don’t feel like cleaning it up, we can eat at the bar or in the dining room. Otherwise, we tend to eat our family meals here because we love all the windows and the higher ceilings. The little table is a great size for my younger kids and the Ikea Fintorp rail and containers hold some paper and writing/drawing supplies that are always out.
In the kitchen/breakfast area, we have a built-in desk with lots of cabinets. Here we store most of our games, our kinetic sand, play-doh, frequently-used math manipulatives, puzzles I don’t want the toddler to dump out constantly, and some more basic art stuff. I also store blank writing paper blank books, and my homeschool planner here. One drawer is for card games and smaller games.The rest of the built-in is for normal household desk stuff.
Through the other side of the kitchen is our dining room. Here each kid has a wire for displaying their art which helps minimize art clutter and gives us an ever-changing display. The topographic map of our area is fun to examine and mounted high enough to keep sticky fingers off of it. The basket in the corner holds kitchen towels so even my toddler can clean up spills without help.
Our family room looks like a family room. The colors don’t look quite as obnoxious during the day. We have some toy shelves, a large wood box of blocks, a play kitchen, and some riding toys behind the couch. We also have a small IKEA shelf with our more schooly homeschool materials. One section is for activity books, one for curriculum materials, one for notebooks, and another for atlases, dictionaries, and spelling materials . We have a color copier and laminator here too, but they don’t get used much.
Down in the basement, we have our fitness equipment, more extensive art supplies, science supplies and kits, and the kids’ tumbling room. We also have a large cube shelf with puzzles, supplies for our sensory table, additional building toys, and an encyclopedia set.
We also do a lot outside regularly. For a peek at our outside spaces, click here. Hope you enjoyed the tour!