Welcome to our Homeschool Room! We're so pleased to have you. This is our first year homeschooling and we're very excited about it!!! (Note the use of way too many exclamation points.)
This room was originally an office/exercise/guest room. Then when we moved the computer out to the main room and this was the exercise/guest room. Now it's morphed into a homeschool/guest room. The treadmill got the boot out to the hallway. When guests arrive the little desk, table, and chairs will get booted out to the entry hallway to make room for the blow-up guest bed. We're classy like that. Treadmills in the entry hall and air beds. You can't tell from these photos.
This little room works well for us. Sometimes we call it the "School Room." That sounds so formal. Other times it's still known as the office or guest room. I know we don't have to have a dedicated school room, but it works for our family. When we're schooling at home, we like to be on a schedule. And our room helps us keep to that. I can say that after one day of homeschooling. Hah!
I've already written about our effort to paint this room (here). The paint in this house sucks. I mean, it really is awful. The kids chose the color, which is not awful. I like it. But I did give them about 15 options to pick from, so I kinda helped pick it. A little.
The kids also chose the material for the curtains. I was going to go with a red and white chevron, but then decided to let them pick. A pat myself on the back moment for handing over decorating decisions. They obviously know what they are doing when it comes to interior design, cause I don't. I like their choice so much that I may have just stood staring at the curtains for 10 minutes after hanging them. The kids shook their heads as I stroked the curtains and said, "Pretty birdy, pretty birdy curtains." Come to think of it....I think the kids chose bird curtains because we had just visited two sets of grandparents who both own cockatiels. Yes grandparents...the curtains are because of you. And I love them. I also recovered a lamp in the bit of fabric that I had left over. And someday I'd like to put a storage bench or some sort of seating contraption with storage under that window. Right now the wall is sporting dirty dog prints from the dog trying to look out the windows. Two points if you've spotted the dog in any photo.
Moving on. I get a little excited about things and tend to ramble on. Don't you love the blue desk?! It's a hand-me down from grandparents. That brown shelf is a super duper clearance find from Target. It was so cheap I thought I would get it and paint it white to match the white bookshelves. But I liked it brown once I got it in the room. I like easy.
The shelf has the talking globe. The kids love that thing, it's another hand-me down. It's lovely that the kids have an older cousin. Colored pencils, pencils, erasers, sticky notes, a magnifying glass, and a Lego guy pen. Plus tissues, every room needs tissues. Especially when everyone is allergic to everything outdoors and we really shouldn't have carpet in this room. I diverge. The fancy little hook thing holds our collection of postcards. Sweet family members send us postcards when they travel. Friends do too. We let the kids pick out postcards when we travel. The heart-shaped horseshoe is from watching blacksmiths work this summer at an antique power show in our former home in the midwest. Another little memory. And don't get me wrong thinking I'm all neat and styling, this shelf will be a disaster in a week.
The little shelf also holds books. Yep, books. The top has catalogs, a dictionary, planning items, and books we are using. The bottom holds quite a few science-related books. I was a science teacher at one point and I still keep up my teaching license. I like science.
The big shelves, which you've already seen above more than a few times, hold books. I know, books on bookshelves is strange in some places. People put knick-knacks or animal heads on them or something. I'd do that too, but we've got quite a few books too. With a little room for some jars of rocks and shells. Plus some toy storage. I got one bookshelf on super clearance at Target (seriously, around $30!). I waited until the shelves went on sale at Target and scooped the other one up with my Target card (additional 5% off and free shipping - woot, woot!). They aren't worth full-price, that's all I say. Library books are stored in the bin labeled, "Books." I take my labeling seriously. That map will be put up on our white boards when we study the states.
White boards? Did I say white boards? You haven't seen them yet, have you? Here they are:
Yes, there are two. One is hiding in the photo above. And that big blank wall is calling for something. But I haven't gotten around to it yet. Also, I'd like to paint the trim and doors white. Some. Day. And for your viewing pleasure, here's the two boards. I forgot to write spelling down on them. Oops. And for those of you new here, my children are not really named Chewy and Scooter. They go by their nicknames on this blog. My husband goes by Biker Boy. I'm the only one with a real name here. And that is also a nickname that I've had since birth. Sometimes I forget my real name.
What about the table we use? The card table that we use for a school table is also a hand-me down. We can play chess on it during school. And we will. And the white chairs are hand-me downs. They belonged to the kitchen table I used as a kid. And I found those black bins on clearance at Target for $1.44 each. Score. I love Target clearance. And IKEA. But I don't live anywhere near an IKEA, otherwise I would have bought shelves there for this room.
Speaking of IKEA, this red dresser is from an IKEA. Yes, you can only see the top of it in the photo below. I love to visit IKEA when we travel far away for vacation. While on one vacation, this red dresser called our name and came home with us. She's pretty too.
The red dresser stores homeschool stuff and guest stuff. The top drawer is my drawer. All mine. Lesson books, worksheets, notebooks, extra materials, and all sorts of fun stuff. I think I even have nametag stickers in there (Dad...I'm assuming you put those in a bag of goodies when we left your house?).
The middle drawer stores the kids' stuff. They each have a side and the middle is shared. They grab stuff out of it as they need it. It's worked so far (for one day). The bottom stores bed linens for guests. Then they have a drawer to use. I'm pretty sure you don't need to see that.
What have I missed? Oh, where I keep the big stuff. Science stuff, art stuff, random stuff. It's in the hall closet right next to this room. It's suppose to be a coat closet. (Excuse me for a moment, I just got distracted while writing this post. My husband, who went to bed earlier than me, just called me in to bring him something to kill a scorpion with. Yes, a scorpion. I saw it, granted, it was tiny. But I hate those about as much as tiger centipedes. And we just killed one of those nasty centipedes in the house a couple of weeks ago. Now that I wrote this, I'm guessing we'll have fewer guests. But it's only the second scorpion and second tiger centipede that we've seen in the house. Ewww.) Where was I? Oh, my needs-to-be organized closet, but isn't doing too bad right now. Conveniently located right next to the school room. I shudder at what this will look like in a month.
Speaking of organization. I wanted to have digital records of everything (in addition to paper) and I found this app. Homeschool Helper. Have you heard of it? It's $4.99. I think that's the most I've every paid for an app (I don't buy many), but it's been worth it in the short time I've had it.
Basically, I love this app. It took me a little playing with it to get use to it. But now that school has started, I'm rocking this thing. And I'm not paid or perked to say that. I really like it. It's going to be a handy tool for me this year. The kids even know how to mark their attendance for the day. We did it today and they loved it. Me too.
The Kids! They're the real reason for the homeschool room. Here we are trying it out this morning. Chewy goes back and forth between the small desk and the middle of the table, depending on what we're doing.
It was raining this morning. We'll take the rain. So we got out for "first day of school" pictures in the driveway after school was over and it wasn't raining. I've always taken their photos in the driveway with the chalkboards. We'll just continue that tradition.
And that, if you made it this far (congratulations), is our homeschool room. Filled with love, laughter, and learning. And probably a few tears and groans too. But I love having my babies with me to teach and learn from.
I'm sharing this over at the Homeschool Room blog hop at iHomeschool Network. Thanks for popping by if you're from there. If you leave a comment, I'll be sure to try and stop by your neck of the woods (or desert or wherever). Thanks a bunch for hanging with me here and checking out our school room. I can't guarantee it's scorpion free, but this blog is.