What I Want Our Homeschool Classroom To Look Like

As you probably know, this is only our third week of homeschooling.  We’re getting our feet wet and tweaking the schedule.  I’m tweaking my expectations, trying to corral my burning desire to PUSH, PUSH, PUSH.  What do they call it?  The Race To The Top?  What exactly is at the top we’re not sure?  Learning is not a race, learning is not a race… Deep breaths, Jennifer, deep breaths…

So, obviously I am new at this.  But I wanted to share with you all my vision for what I want our classroom to be like.  If you know me, you know I’ve been researching EVERYTHING homeschool for awhile, and I’ve seen a lot of cool classroom setups online.  I’ve seen all the organizational cupboards, the tiny desks, the chalkboards and whiteboards and cork boards full of charts and maps and alphabets.  At first I thought, I need this!  And that!  And two of those for sure!  Yes, if I have all the exact right stuff, surely it will quell the unshakable feeling of pure terror that I have about this whole homeschooling thing!

But I got to thinking about some other things that I had read about homeschooling.  The things that really resonated with me.  I realized that the beauty of homeschooling is the HOME part of it.  I don’t need to turn my house into an institution in order for learning to take place.

Sure, if you had the room and the money, it would be cool to have all your stuff in one place and not have a bin of  supplies on your kitchen counter or books in your pantry, or an electric pencil sharpener and a laminator in your kitchen cabinet.  But if you can’t have a dedicated room for school, I don’t think it’s going to hamper anyone’s ability to learn.  And if you have kids like mine, who have been to conventional school and rather hated it, why replicate the feeling of the school room at home?  Flashbacks, anyone?  😉

homeschool closet

So this is what we have for our classroom right now:  We have lots of comfy chairs and couches to curl up on with a good book.  English and writing are my strong points, but TRUST ME,  I was as bored and annoyed as anyone when it was time to learn about adjectives and predicates and all that stuff.  I think the reason I love writing today is because I spent the better part of my childhood with my nose in a book.  Beau is a writer too, and I think a huge part of his education will be absorbing grammar, structure, and style through classic literature.  So, check, we have shelves to fill with lots of quality food for the mind and pleasant spaces to devour it.

our homeschool reading area

Beau making use of a comfy chair to read Little Britches.

 

baby making use of homeschool reading area

Soon after Beau leaves, I catch Dash looking at a book in the same chair.

We’ve also got a big kitchen table and a bigger table protector to keep it from getting wrecked!  We’ve got a little magnetic whiteboard for writing on.  And we’ve got a kitchen for cooking lessons and science experiments.  Hopefully Finn will not be dismantling too many of my kitchen appliances while we’re hanging out in there, although I suspect he will be able to put them back together if he does.

What else?  Well, we’ve got crafts and games on the top shelf of the pantry and curriculums on the bottom and food in between.  Silly?  Maybe, but we know where everything is.  Is it perfect?  No, but I think it’s working pretty well for us so far.  Still, I do have some things on my Classroom Wish List:

-A bigger, fenced in yard with lots of room for little boys to run around and be in nature; digging in dirt and building forts and climbing trees.

-A garden where they can learn the value of real work and watch the miracle of real food growing from the Earth.  It’s on the list for spring, per Finn’s request.  Finn loves to really get INTO his learning!

So, those are my thoughts on the homeschool classroom for now.  Maybe I’ll change my mind by week four.  😉  Oh, yeah, I also got this sign for the living room (aka reading area):

Sign idea for homeschool classroomDo you think it will help curb the brotherly antagonism?  Danny says they’re not paying attention.  Besides that Finn can’t read yet.  I’m still hopeful that it will sink in somehow… I’ve also got one I like even better that says “Work Hard and Be Nice”, but I need to find another spot for that.  Forget the classroom, file this one under “Decorating With Subliminal Messages”.  🙂

I’ll be listing this post on the iHomeschool Network blog hop.  Stop by and see lots of different ideas for homeschool classrooms.  That’s the great thing about homeschool, each family can do what works best for them!