The design of the homeschool room was in the plans for nearly a year before it started to take shape. I wanted a place that would be bright and colorful, fun and interactive, neat and organized, and most of all inspiring for the kids. I enjoyed the vivid colors and playfulness of my classrooms in Elementary school and wanted to provide and equally visually enriching experience for my own kids. I wanted them to be eager to go there and want to learn something. I figured the best way to do this was to make everything accessible to their little hands, to make it easy to follow their motivation that day. If they were in the mood to write, here are the paper and pencils. Ready to do math, let’s pull out the hundreds board. Rather play music instead, alright, let’s do it.
The design is centered around a central craft/activity table that’s just the right height for them. It’s also adjustable so it will grow with them into the late tweens. The rug under it is fun to look at, but also helps keep spills off the light-colored carpet. They can bring their projects, puzzles, crafts, manipulatives or books back to the table and lay them out.
Along the left wall is a clock and interactive calendar. The kids love to move the “today” card to the current day and change out the numbers every month.
Next to that is a built in shelving unit that ended up working out great for the art and science supplies and some games. I grabbed a couple shoe rack shelves from Target to make more shelving space. and a few bins to hold the small items. There’s also a thin light table with some colorful transparent coins and agate rock slices.
Along the back wall is my husband’s PC Junior computer that he had when he was a kid. It makes for a great introduction to computers with its super simple maze and adventure games. My and the kids violins sit just beside the desk.
Above the fireplace are the curriculum books that I’ve been slowly accumulating from used curriculum sales and other homeschooling mom’s garages.
Along the right wall is a book case full of books on lots of different subjects and a comfy chair to relax in.
Next to that are two bookcases of language arts and math hands-on activities. (Magnetic letters, tiles, writing boards, phonic puzzles, tag books, flashcards, counting bears, hundreds board, unifix cubes, fraction circles, etc.)
I haven’t finished the back wall, so I don’t have any pictures to show of it yet. But I’m planning on heading out to some yard sales this summer and picking up old photo frames of various sizes and dimensions and hanging them on that wall without the glass or backings, just the frame itself. Then inside of them, will go the kids’ artwork and writings and projects that they have worked on from month to month. When I get some frames picked out and hung up, I’ll get a picture taken and update the post.
Hope you enjoyed this little tour of the homeschool room!