Homeschool Space Tour

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Homeschool Space Tour

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Aug,2019

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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!

Our large cube organizer holds all of our art supplies, board games we use as part of our “teaching time”, extra learning game books for my kinder boy while the older two are still working, our kids scrapbooks, and any other school supplies we use/need on a daily basis.
I also scored the HP printer/scanner/copier on Amazon Prime day for only $19! I already have a professional laser color printer (for my old business), but it doesn’t have copying capabilities, and I knew I would need that for this year. Also, the display ropes with the square pictures hanging are actually bible verses I printed that are 4″ x 4″. Verses that I strategically picked and placed, knowing that this year would be a challenging change for our family. Encouraging verses that I can sneak a peek at throughout our homeschool day, to get me through, and remind me why we are doing what we are doing.
You might think it’s strange that we don’t have our chairs around the table. However, my youngest (and craziest) who is nearly 20 months old, can climb on ANYTHING, and I’ve found her up there almost touching the light fixture, so I decided that it was a safer option to keep them put up.
I absolutely love our little calendar corner. The calendar is from a local store called Mardel. The cart is from IKEA and it holds my planners and planner supplies, books I’m currently reading, my laptop, clipboard, and a few other daily items I use.
Color coding my kids brings such balance and joy into my life 😉
This $50 swing from Amazon has been probably my favorite purchase for our home. I LOVE seeing my boys curled up in there reading a book, or just having fun swinging and relaxing!

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.

Happy Homeschooling!

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