I am joining in the 4th Annual “Not” Back-to-School Blog Hop this year so after you finish looking around here hop on over to another. This week is School Rooms. I’m going to show you how spread out we are and what we hope will work. Who knows, 3 days from now it may all look different!
We do not have a dedicated work space, except to say that we have a dining room table, a kitchen table, a coffee table, a kids’ art table, and desks in both of the older girls’ rooms. Lots of tables around here! Truth is – I don’t expect them to sit at the tables all the time. I expect lots of time will be spent on the couches, under the beds, and on the floors, if the way they normally act is any indication.
We only bought one item in preparing for education at home and that was the bookshelf/hutch in the corner by the computer. We found it at a garage sale just down the road from the house. It is perfect! It houses all the curriculum-type books, manipulatives, pencils/markers/paper/etc., PK supplies, games and flashcards, and more. Right now, it has a printer on it but we are getting rid of that one for a different one that will work with our computer. (Did you know Windows 8 is not compatible with lots of programs and external hardware? Just a side note.)
We love books. In preparing for homeschooling, we went through and categorized the books. At the time, I didn’t know where I was going to store the books after I had separated them so I just labeled boxes and baskets and set them around the house on the floors lining the walls. Turns out, the girls like that a whole lot! They can get to them easily. They can see the covers of the books and read titles easier. They have read a much larger variety of books since that day and so I have just left them. They are a tad bit in the way but with the amount of change in types of literature reading going on, I don’t foresee changing it anytime soon. (These are not all of our books! Too many? Perhaps. We also have some in each of the girls’ rooms and under the piano. Hmmm… Nope. Can’t have too many books!)
The bag on top of this little table houses the preschool puzzles for easy access and put away. Underneath is where we are currently keeping what we call the “art supplies.” These are the supplies that I don’t mind them having unsupervised access to – crayons, coloring books, stickers, pencils, Color Wonder books and markers, etc. (I allow my kiddos access to stickers unsupervised but that is not something everyone would feel comfortable with so please go with your heart on that!) The black magazine holders have recently been cleaned out and are waiting for something else to need a place to be stored.
As this is our first year homeschooling, I don’t really know what to anticipate in the way of spaces being used. I do believe that they will also use their bedrooms some. For now, this is the way we are using our spaces for educating. At Home.