Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Homeschool Room is More than Just a Room


We're still a bit new at this school thing, so new that we haven't even started yet. I've got theories on where we'll do school, but who knows how it will actually work out.

We've got the hutch downstairs that holds baskets for each child, a big one for the first grader and smaller one for the kindergartner. Inside the hutch we have games and puzzles and on top will stick books and stuff. I'm figuring that the baskets will be easy to move from one work area to another, hopefully they'll make it easier to be flexible.

And then we have this room upstairs. It's always served as a play room but a Craig's List deal on a table gives us just one more option for school work. I've got a small bookcase by the door to hold extra notebooks and other supplies.

Not sure where all the work will happen, I imagine us starting the day upstairs and using that area when the work requires more concentration, or maybe not. We're totally learning as we go here, and we've got a nice big kitchen table that will get plenty of use as well.

One thing I've learned about the journey of homeschooling is that it's just that: a journey. It will change as we go, and we'll change as we go to. We'll define it just as much as it defines us. And we'll learn to be flexible. We'll answer the call of warm weather and work outside, we'll listen to the ants in their pants and get out of the house, we'll press on and work on the kitchen table while dinner's on the stove and we'll snuggle on the couch with great books.

For us, I don't think we'll be able to define school as one place only kind of thing because for us, learning is a lifestyle. It's something we do as we go; learning is something we'll pursue all on it's own for it's own sake and it's something we'll incorporate into every day life. We're looking for lessons in everything and in all we do. We'll keep the reminder in Deuteronomy six in mind: These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Just as we're reminded to incorporate our instruction on the things of God into every aspect of our lives, we'll do the same with school work. It's included in everything just as much as it's something we actually sit down to at the table or at a desk.

So, I guess, in a nutshell, though we have a specific place to do school we sure aren't going to limit ourselves to that place. But we're ready for it, and slowly getting more and more ready for the adventure that is to come.


  1. You have so many great possible work areas! I love your cozy couch, table for projects, maps on the walls. And I especially love your philosophy.

    "Learning is a lifestyle." Amen.

    I hope and pray that learning will not begin or end in the classroom, but that it will be a lifelong love. We've found that our time schooling outside is often the most productive and joyful! :-)
    Have a great year!!

  2. Cool!! I think we have the same maps!! :) I think I bought my from Amazon....HAPPY HOMESCHOOLING! ;)

  3. Homeschooling does happen everywhere!

  4. Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)
    I love your homeschooling post - you're so right!
    We do a basket/container for each kid too, we used it all last year and it made life a lot easier.
    I hope this school year is a blessing for your family! (and we haven't started either!)


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