Saturday, July 31, 2010

Homeschool Rooms 2010

Is August really around the corner? Did half the summer just go by in a blink of an eye? I've been having visions of homeschooling rooms dancing around in my mind. Here is what I see...

This one from Molding Minds is oh-so pretty and organized:

This set-up from DIY Ideas is great for conserving space:

Love this reading nook from Homeschooling in the Rose Garden, it makes you want to curl up with a good book and escape the world...

and how practical is her space saving idea above the organizers...

Imagine what your children could create on this chalk paint wall from These Are The Days:

The Homeschool Channel
was a great source:

This 3 in 1 computer desk was made from clearance kitchen cabinets from Lowes on the lower part and plain lumber for the table. The chairs were from target $30 each. Notice the Konos timeline above---don't forget to have a timeline for your school year! If you don't have the space on a wall you could also create a notebook of timelines.

I snuck this one in because I have always wanted to have learning centers for the children but wasn't too keen on the space that was required of them. Here is a brilliant solution as seen as on the above shelf (click to enlarge)---just put what you would like in your plastic bin for your history, science or listening center and pull it out when you need it. You could even use bins bigger than these if you like bigger displays. Just make a note to update them every few weeks if you want to change the theme or make them could be fresh and new.

This room is a preschoolers mom's dream! What is NOT here? See the table in the back by the easle? So cute!

This looked so comfy I just had to post it. Aren't these chairs just beckoning your name? Love how organized the books behind them look too. The only thing that is missing is a cup of hot tea!

And last but not least, here is a homey-feeling schoolroom. It is comfortable and inviting so opposite of that sterile, cold environment we grew up in!! Wherever you homeschool--if it is in the kitchen, dining room or an official homeschool room, make sure to make the memories of your school special. You may have a small budget, large one or nonexistent---but remember what matters most is the love that you put in it.

My homeschool room definitely is a far cry from any of these rooms right now--it has been empty, neglected and played in by preschoolers pretending to "do" school. I am viewing much of August as my time to makeover the room, purchase the remainder of their curriculum, research great teaching ideas, and loosely plan out all the learning and fun we will have this year.

Have you started your planning yet?

What new ideas/methods will you incorporate this year?

Need more inspiration? Check out my showcase of homeschool rooms from 2009.


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Brenda said...

Oh I've been working on our new school room but I've lost my motivation! :) I'm meeting with a friend this week to plan/think about the new school year and I'm hoping that will get me going. The rooms are so beautiful but I'm still praying about what to do and what to do differently. Environment is important but what you do there is even more so!

Pink Slippers said...

You just got my creative juices running. We will have a home school headquarters this year and I am inspired.

Trophy and Barb said...

Those are beautiful for sure, but we just don't have an entirely separate room for school. The kids are often on the couch or on their bellies on the floor. Horrible? Almost every wall has bookshelves, so there is certainly no room for posters or, as much as I'd love it, the chalk wall. (Tho we did paint a small portion of the kids' room, behind the door, in chalkboard paint, but it just didn't cover as I'd hoped.) Dining room table is always covered in books and papers. On nice days, we're sometimes on the porch. But as you said, it's the LOVE.

Anonymous said...

I am planning. I also have a blocked brain. I am undecided as to where the best place to school due to limited space. Also trying to be frugal but yet nice is a challenge.

Thanks for showing.

Living Creatively said...

These are great pictures-- very inspiring.
Our playroom is just that. A place to play and store the books, games, toys. But we end up doing most of our schoolwork at the table or the picnic table in the backyard. Still, it helps to have a beautiful place to play or just BE.
I never seem to have enough wall space. Bookcases, toy shelves, the filing cabinet all take up my space. Things end up looking cluttered too fast. I'm brainstorming. These pictures and thoughts help.
Like you said, though, the point is that the kids are at home, surrounded by people who love them. They are comfortable and happy, learning at their own pace and in their own way. :-)

Louisa McFarland said...

We used to have a designated homeschool room, then we moved house and in the 2 years until we moved back here 3 of my 4 children all but finished school so the school room became another bedroom, but we have not got rid of our books, they are too precious, so I now have a dilema of having to make a library in our hall way. But I can not say enough about having a designated school room because it inevitably gets messy and you can just close the door on it, it also gives the kids another place to go when adults need some time or when the adults get too boring.

Michelle said...

I love the preschool spaces! We are starting homeschool preschool this year and it will be in our dining room. I'm looking for ways to give the space a comfy feel and your pictures did just that:) Thank you!

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Reposting an older comment of mine from last years homeschool rooms post:

We never had an 'official' school room until recently and we use it mainly for storing things all our art supplies, displaying our timeline and we also like to do our craft time there which we try to do once a week on Friday Fun Day. Occasionally someone will use it to read or do/finish a project. It is great for having a place to store large projects or displays.

We currently do school at the dining room table upstairs and the little ones do it at the 'kindergarten station' located down the hall in the nursery. I set up a little corner with chairs and tables that are their size and I pull up the wingback chair and teach. I hang posters and work on the wall next to it and behind the door. This way we can have fun and the little ones can be loud and not distract the older students.

My older students do not stay confined at the table either. When it is time to read history or study for a spelling test they are allowed to go to the couch or a bedroom to study quietly. Sometimes we time them with a timer to make sure they aren't wasting time. We've even schooled out on the deck--as long as they were not distracted.

Don't feel you need a school room, as it is not necessary. But I would definitely suggest you have a 'teacher station' to hold your supplies so you can plan well. Perhaps it could be a desk, small bookcase, a file crate or portable binder system to help organize your lesson planning. I will be posting more on this later.

Hope this helps and gives some insight!

Many blessings...

Suzanne said...

I had a room just for homeschooling , but abandoned it as we always seem to congregate around our huge farmers table in the kitchen...LOL! I am already planning and finishing up my choices. Going with a few more textbooks this year after reading the Maxwell's book, Manager's of their Schools.

Krista said...

Wonderful, gorgeous!! Such inspiration! I love back to school! We do have a designated room, but everyone migrates to the kitchen or dining room table. Big changes happening in our schooling this year as we had our 5th child to the mix, we've made the heart wretching decision to see out oldest two in HS to a small private Christian school. I have a undiagnosed, dibilting disease and we have made this incredible hard decision. If God chooses to heal me, we'll bring the older kids home. Wow, first time I've put this in writing without sobbing!

But I'm looking forward to spending such quality time with our 3 younger children. My room is in choas right now!! Transitioning back to a younger classroom and I can't wait to hit the isles at Staples!! I love new crayons, pencils and glue sticks!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Thou shalt not covet! LOL!

Nope, mine is mismatched and stuff is in every nook and cranny. I'm not a Martha Stewart and I will never have a homeschool room look like that.

I do have happy children and a room to put things in, which makes me happy! I'm blessed beyond compare and I know it.

Kuddos to these ladies who have put their heart and soul into their homeschool areas. Everyone is different. I just hope that this doesn't make people feel like a failure because they don't have a homeschool room that looks like that. We can't all be as creative and put together as some! LOL!

Kim said...

What beautifully organized rooms! My 2 do most of their work at our large table. We plan to start, Polished Cornerstones, Contenders of the Faith, Biblical Obedience ~ In the Hands of a Child , Horizons Math, Rod & Staff English, Spelling Power,a nutrition/science co-op. Art will be some creative hands on projects. I'm still working on History & music! I'm excited to get started on a routine again!

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

I sacrificed the room which was designated to be my walk in pantry and turned it into a library and homeschool supplies room. The computer desk is along one wall and the shelves which would have been perfect for all my ingredient jars hold all our books. I glued cork floor tiles on the wall above the desk to create a pinboard area. I still needed extra space in the kitchen for storage so creatively rearranged drawers and cupboards - using drawers for packets and spice jars rather than tea towels. It was a case of 'working with what you have.' I have few walls due to having full length glass doors but we look out onto a forest setting and so we have always done all our work around our dining room table - its a living nature study room. Birds in the garden may be a distraction during bookwork but I have always welcomed them as learning opportunities and our field guides are always handy. I can't imagine being tucked away in a little 'schoolroom' at the end of the house, I had once considered this but needed the bedrooms as more babies came into our family! Personally, I do not want my home to look like a day care centre or preschool - I have a small easel for my twins which also holds their ABC poster and baskets store their books and puzzles. No plastic play kitchens or mini tables - they 'play' in the kitchen which is a learning centre in itself and sometimes our science lab. Rather than open shelves in the main living areas which can make a room appear cluttered if you are also using them for holding art supplies I would suggest a cupboard with doors. An old 1920's style wardrobe with shelves and pull out drawers makes a great art or homeschool cupboard and you can often find these at garage sales. You can put charts on the inside of the doors too.
Much of our life and learning is done in the one family room. It has been the focus of our family life and a centre for learning. Indeed, every room in the home can be furnished with 'educational' touches ' - even the bathroom - a basket of shells to identify perhaps? World flags as bunting in a boy's room? Give thought to what pictures and prints you choose for walls and accessories you set out on tables and every room becomes a potential 'school' room!

Becky said...

Great ideas, thanks for sharing!

Candice said...

I love all the beautiful inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

Jasmine said...

June, these are great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I need to get started with organizing and seeking new curriculum for 2010-2011. I like this part very much.

I do not have my own schoolroom yet, but one day I hope to. We use the living room and the Lord blessed me with free desks and chairs from a school that closed down.

Thanks for sharing.

Lillibeth said...

Thanks for posting these! There are a lot of good ideas here.

I really like chalkboard paint; I used it on a thin board that I can get out for school, and store when not in use. Besides regular school work (math demos!) it is a good thing to have when little ones want to "do something" and you are not able to give your full attention. They just love colored chalks and a big surface to write on.

I tried to paint the lids to the rubbermaid storage boxes (used for toy boxes) with chalkboard paint to make them more useful or fun, but the paint did not stick very well. I think I needed to have a primer for plastic or sand the surface with something better than what I was using. It would have been neat if it worked!

Anita said...

I have been following your blog for a few months and am blessed by what you write. I wanted to thank you for the plug for The Homeschool Channel. My husband is the head honcho (program director) and it is neat to see that word is spreading. We hope that THC will be a blessing to many.

Thanks again,

Anita Chamblee

Theresa said...

Just stopping by from the blog hop! this is my first year homeschooling and I am learning so much from your blog!

Debbie said...

I love all the inspiring photos. I like our space, but it's fun to dream!

Anonymous said...

I have admired some of the same pics! Aren't they beautiful? You also have a beautiful blog. Thanks for sharing those wonderful inspiring pics.

Amanda said...

Wow, you certainly found some pretty rooms! I hope you'll share yours with us, too, when it's ready! And I wonder if you'll like mine. :)

Fruitful Vine2 said...

The first two are my favorites. I like the first one for the way it looks so pretty and organized. I like the second one because it takes up very little space.

Thanks for sharing. I'm off to look at the 2009 post you linked to.

Lynn said...

I would love to have any of these homeschool rooms, also. I hope you have a great school year.


Tezra Williams said...

Just found your blog through the blog hop. You're blog is lovely with a ton of content. I'll be quite happy hanging out here for a while. Thanks!

Anita said...

Thanks for sharing the link to The Homeschool Channel. My husband is the head of THC as the program director. Our prayer is that it will be a blessing to many as they travel the homeschooling road.

Thanks again!
Anita Chamblee

Martha A. said...

I am trying to figure out how to organize mine without spending alot of money. Those gave me some ideas! Thanks!

Anna said...

So glad I just found your site, cant wait to read more! We are just starting a school house reno in our old garage. School stuff was slowly taking over the house so we are trying something new.
Loving our four blessings so far with a fifth on the way!

sabineshome said...

Great home goods ideas! I have been blogging my home design projects on What do you suggest using for home decor?

Anonymous said...

I loved (!!!!) the one second from the top that came from DIY ( Better Homes and Gardens, I think). It was the two desks separated by a bookshelf.

Could you please send a link to that specific project if you can find it?

( hint: the room had blue walls)

We have limited space with children that are easily distracted so this would be perfect. My hubby was wondering what the other side looks like! Thanks!
You may email me privately if you like or just send me a message through my blog. I also have blogger.
Thanks! Jen

Mindy Johnson said...

I would love to know what color of paint is in the first homeschool classroom you show. DO you happen to know?

Anonymous said...

I came to your sight off of Pinterest, but now have you on in the background for the GREAT music! LOVE it! Thanks! Do you have a CD with all these great songs?

Anonymous said...

Jen - Did you get a link for that project? If so, can you please share it?


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