Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Schoolroom and Where We ACTUALLY Do School

When we started homeschooling last year, I just knew that I wanted to have a schoolroom. I honestly thought that Dawson would not be able to concentrate or settle down unless he was in a school setting. I honestly wanted to be able to "put school away", out of sight, out of mind, when the day was "done". I honestly wanted a teacher's desk. I honestly wanted our schoolroom to look like the place where we did school and the rest of our house to look like the place where we lived. I honestly thought it was the way to go. And I spent a ton of time on it. NEWBIE!  hee ... hee ...

Here's what we had.

Then we brought Brynne home after about six weeks of public school and added her schooling area.

And then after about two weeks or so we gradually starting taking our schoolwork one room over to the upstairs t.v. room to do our learning on the comfy chair and couch. It was more comfortable and we were starting to realize that we might have a more laid-back approach to homeschooling.

Then I realized that I was running up and down the stairs a gazillion times a day copying things, getting things, throwing in a load of laundry, unloading the dishwasher, taking the dogs potty, and on and on and on.

So, although we left our books and supplies upstairs, we moved our learning to the couch and kitchen counter and table downstairs. And when Dawson was doing independent work, sometimes he went to the office, or his bedroom, or the upstairs t.v. room, or even the bathroom ** ahem **.

And then school started to take over every aspect of our lives. It wasn't just a 9-3 endeavor. Learning was going on all the time, everywhere! And THAT was just the way it was going to be.

So, this year, I wised up! I moved all of our books and supplies down to our closet under our stairs that is minimally utilized for any other purpose. Now I just have a few steps to take to get anything we need. The rest of the supplies are in our office closet, downstairs as well. In preparing for school, this system has worked famously!!

We'll mostly be doing school here

and here

and here.

Because Brynne loves to play school when she's not actually doing school, we left some of our schoolroom intact.

Dawson took the desk to his room, so we moved Brynne's desk to his corner. I kept my teacher desk there so I could use it if we needed to do some special kind of teaching/learning up there.  And the whiteboard is still on the wall, in case we need to do some kind of special teaching on it.

Basically I have learned that we do school as a way of life. I like to be able to be doing my daily responsibilities in the kitchen while my children are learning just a couple of feet away. I am more productive, we are spending more time together, and they are seeing me perform the life skills that are necessary for a productive day.

For our family, the schoolroom is wherever we are.

I am linking up to Heart of the Matter's "Not" Back to School Blog Hop ~ School Room Week.

Not Back to School Blog Hop


  1. Very nice! We also like to school in different places from the couch to even the car! :)

  2. I did the same thing! I spent a ton of time and energy setting up and rearranging a school room downstairs, only to find we were hanging out doing school in the living room on the couch and at the kitchen table. This year I wised up as well and moved our materials upstairs too, since that was so obviously where we spent our time.

  3. Looks like a great plan!! (You have a beautiful home, btw.) I've wondered if we'll do the same thing. (I'm the newbie now. lol) Hope you guys have a great year!

  4. (Wow, gorgeous house!)

    We had a very similar experience our first year...from super school-style to (now, on our eighth year) a much more migratory style. :)

    And our dining room table is usually the book repository. We have decided that our decorating style is "piles of books".

  5. We have a "school room" where we keep the supplies but school happens at the kitchen table and the bar. Have a wonderful year.

  6. This is our first year and we have a schoolroom... I am flexible and open to things changing! :-) You have a beautiful home! Thanks for giving us a peek!

    Just stopping in from the HOTM Not back-to-school blog hop.

  7. Looks great! Hope you have a great year.

  8. Love it --- and it's just almost the same as my schoolroom post today! It's funny how we try to recreate school and in our efforts to do so discover that we aren't really having "school" at home, are we??

  9. What a beautiful set-up! Have a wonderful year!

  10. Ha ha, I did the move to downstairs as well!!!! I love the valance on the desk, I just might add one to mine. Thanks for sharing and I love it when homeschoolers are authentic!!! That's the way we roll!!!

  11. Glad you've found what works for your family.

  12. Very comfy & cozy! LOL on the happens I guess :)
    We also have school throughout the house.


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