Homeschool Space Tour
When we decided to “jump ship” on the public school system and bring our kids home to school, I started to dream up what I wanted our homeschool space to be. I knew I wanted it to be inviting, comfortable, engaging, and functional. I also know myself well enough to know that “organized chaos” isn’t probably the best way for our first homeschool year to go. So I set out to completely overhaul my office and our dining room. I knew that’s where most of our time would be spent, with the exception of some of our reading time (see the swinging chair in our living room below). I sorted papers, and filed for more hours than I’d care to admit. You can only imagine how cluttered our papers were, since I hadn’t filed papers for close to eight years. SCARY. But, I finished and now my office is clutter free! I rearranged the space so that I could put in a window bench reading nook, as well as a reading corner, complete with open bookshelves that will hold our morning basket books, and our additional books that we will use with our curriculum.
Our dining room already had our almost 10′ farmhouse table that my hubby built two years ago. We have 15 people on my husband’s side of the family, and so I knew we needed an extra long table for when we host Thanksgiving and such. It has been such a blessing to have and I’m even more excited that we will get to use it for our school time each day! We already owned the large 4×4 Ikea Kallax cube shelf unit, but I knew I needed more storage, so I scoured Facebook marketplace and found 2 of the 2×2 Kallax cube shelves and it has been a perfect addition to the space. It really evens things out, and completes it, while holding all of our school supplies and curriculum in one spot! Each of my boys has their own cubby which holds the binders and other daily supplies, and of course, they are color coded. Yes, I’m that mom who color codes her kids. They are also color coded in my planner, and now my teacher planner. And I’m so glad I did, because it has streamlined all of my family planning and now school year planning. I’ll do another post soon with a walkthru of my teacher planner, for those who may be interested!
As you can clearly see, my spaces are clean and organized. Let me be transparent though, this is the best they have ever looked, and will be lived in come tomorrow morning for sure!
Our journey to homeschooling feels like it has been a long time coming, but now that we are in it, I feel like it is the most natural fit for our family. We are one week in, with highs and definitely lows, and yet at the end of the day, I still look back and feel so full, so satisfied, so at home with our days and our new family rhythm. The slow start for our family in the mornings has been the biggest game changer for attitudes and responses (especially for this momma)! So grateful for a comfy space to raise and teach our kids in. Humbled and thankful.