Our School Room

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Do you have to have a school room in order to ‘do’ school?

In most homes we’ve lived in we have not had a separate school room. Over the years most of our schooling has taken place at the kitchen/dining room table. The books were stored on a shelf or in a cupboard or in piles on the buffet and we pulled them out as needed. Prior to living in our current home, I can only remember 1 (out of 14) that we actually set up a school room. It quickly became the supply room. I had 2 elementary students, a preschooler and a toddler – we needed space to spread out and move!

We are now in our 15th home and have been here for several years, and I no longer have babies and toddlers running around, and so after more than 20 years, we finally have a school room where schooling actually takes place. It was originally a bonus room/mudroom/catchall room. These days it looks like this:

Our School Room Apron Strings & othe things

It’s been wonderful to have a place for everything we need and room enough for everyone to work together or study on their own.This is where we “do” school.

School Time - Apron Strings & other things

Well . . . this is where we do some of our schooling.

Take a look at where we do the rest of our schooling.

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PE on the front lawn as we re-enacted the Olympic torch relay on our first day of school a year ago.

Art Class at the Kitchen Table - Apron Strings & other things

Art class at the kitchen table.

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Astronomy class out by the barn.

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Experimenting with gravity in science class down at the bridge.

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Geography class on the living room floor.

singing praises - Apron Strings & other things

Music class might be singing hymns together with our church family.

Schooling, Education, Learning – – -It’s a Life Style. It’s a Mindset. It’s happening all around us, all the time, in God’s Classroom. The secret to successful education is to open our eyes, our ears, our minds, our hearts and take it all in. Enjoy the Adventure!

What is your favorite spot to ‘do school’? Do you have a separate room or do you spread out all over the house? How have you adapted the spaces in your home to accommodate homeschooling?

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this post. We “do” school a little different, but in some ways the same. It looks like we have more book work, but we also have fun going places or trying out what we have learned. Thank you for sharing your fun things with all of us to both inspire and encourage us. Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

    • Schooling looks a little different in every family I know. That’s one of the wonderful things about homeschooling! I think what I wanted to convey is that learning takes place every where, all day long, if we’ll only be watching for it. Discovering things along the way with my children has taught me so much throughout life. What a blessing!

  2. I enjoyed seeing your lovely school room…as well as the rest of the places where you “do school”! 😀

  3. Linda…what a fabulous post! Your school room looks nice and open and inviting. We had a school room the first year we did school but then we had one child to teach in a house with four bedrooms so I could make one of those a school room. But since growing our family, school is usually done at the dining room table or in the living room where we snuggle for bible study and reading time or outside where we enjoy God’s creation. Thank you for sharing at WJIM this week. Have a blessed weekend.

    • Hi Naomi 🙂 I’m so glad you stopped by! Some of my favorite school memories have occurred while snuggled up together or exploring outdoors. We are so blessed! Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Specific question: Do you find that the teacher book for LLATL is very helpful (aka-makes your job easier and worth the money)? Thinking about this for my boys. Not loving what we are doing this year. This sounds right up their alley. They love most of these books already. Just in a quandary about placement, even with the tests.

  5. Oops. I posted this in the wrong post! It went with your curriculum post. Copying and pasting over there.

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