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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Our Places and Spaces: Homeschool "Classroom"



The Unlikely Homeschool

It's time, once again, for the 4th annual NOT Back-to-School Hop.  Hundreds of bloggers from all across the web are inviting you into their homes to take a look at their places and spaces.  So, come on in...

As we live in a very quaint, cottage-style house, with seven people, there is no room to have a ROOM.  Our homeschool classroom has to wedge its way into our everyday life.  And in truth, I kinda like it that way, because LEARNING and LIFE should go together.  But, although I like school to be present in our home, the hubs and I don't want our home to look like a school.  We have always tried to make our home a welcoming hub of hospitality.

So, throughout the last five years of our homeschooling journey, I've found a few ways of camouflaging our school happenings.

For the most part, much of our learning takes place at the dining room table, which as you can guess, has taken quite a beating over the years and will need to be replaced very soon.  Any reading we need to do happens on the couch, the living room floor, or occasionally in a bedroom.

With many little learners, we have amassed quite a collection of books, flashcards, manipulatives, and learning games
Here's where we put it all...


antique china hutch

An antique china hutch with an up-cycled coat of paint currently holds all my curriculum guides, teacher resources, a large supply of different kinds of paper, and office-type supplies.

manipulatives storage


My grandmother's old 4-drawer dresser houses our flashcards that are not currently being used, manipulatives, learning games, and puzzles.


The Unlikely Homeschool

On top of the dresser is a new development...each child has a magazine box which holds any of his/her workbooks, nature notebooks, and creative writing journals.  These will be used with their task cards.  

The Unlikely Homeschool

The dining room pantry door acts as a disguise for many charts and posters.  During the school day, the pantry door is often left wide open so that we can see the charts, and then closed in the evening to conceal the clutter.

The Unlikely Homeschool

And then there are the baskets.  We have a basket or bucket in nearly every corner of the main level of our home.  This one sits on the antique hutch and houses the flashcards that we use nearly every day, stickers, and any frequently used items.

The Unlikely Homeschool

We also have baskets for the following:
a selection of handcrafts to be used during read aloud time
library books


Discovery Quiet Time - during the summer months

Lastly, we have one larger hutch and several plastic storage bins in the basement to house previously used/not currently using curriculum, readers, read-alouds that don't fit on personal book shelves, and our annual portfolios.


Need more homeschool classroom ideas, head on over to iHomeschool Network and check out what other homeschool families will be learning this coming school year.

14 comments:

  1. Ok - I am in love with that green buffet! You've done a really nice job with everything.

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    1. It came from a thrift store and was REALLY ugly. I picked out the color along with some crackle gloss and the Hubs got it looking pretty one summer Saturday.

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  2. I set up a homeschool room in the beginning and then realized we can't separate our life and learning very well...especially when there's a baby around! I love your green hutch and am curious to know about your assignment cards. This is our first official year since my son will be in 1st grade. Great ideas, thanks for sharing! fromthemrs.blogspot.com

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    1. I can't wait to write about them. I'm hoping they will be a great way to encourage more independent learning.

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing! I love seeing other moms' spaces! (and I love the fact that you can shut things away with those doors on the china cabinet!)

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  4. Thanks for sharing and Happy Homeschooling!! ;)

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  5. Once again, I think that hutch is very pretty. :) Thanks for sharing about your homeschooling spaces! I recently posted mine.

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  6. That old China cabinet is just awesome! I llove it!

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  7. LOVE IT!! The china cabinet, the charts in the cabinet... all of it!

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  8. LOVEEEE your green china hutch!

    Stephanie @ http://airforcefamilyadventures.blogspot.com/

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  9. I agree with everyone else, the hutch is lovely!

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