This is the room we’ve all been waiting for. Well I have, at least. For years. One of my many favorite things about our house in Florida is that we have a completely dedicated homeschool room. That of course doesn’t mean that nothing happens in the room outside of our couple of formal homeschool hours each day (after all, homeschool=life, right?). But it does mean that I don’t have to go running around the house looking for supplies and books before we start, or have to contend with dozens of distracting toys sitting right next to us as we try to concentrate.
Behold, our homeschool room!
That is our snuggly book-reading couch. Tony has never really liked my chic living room couches, so he got to pick this one. It’s pretty comfortable (and available to sleep on if you’d like to visit). To the right of the couch is our newest bookshelf, with a cute little cadenza underneath for games, art/craft supplies, and other miscellaneous items I don’t want scattered all over the floor.
Across from the couch is Axa’s desk, which came with the bookshelf/cadenza as a set off of craigslist. I love the faux-leather writing top. She’s decorated it herself with a little collection of treasures.
Here’s a more encompassing view of that side of the room.
My desk (the roll-top in the middle) also serves as Tony’s desk when he’s working from home, which he usually does for a few hours in the afternoon. He also uses it when he’s doing his part of homeschooling with Axa (and sometimes Raj), which includes poetry, geography, phonics, and read-alouds for science, math, art, Italian, etc.
To the right of the roll-top is my elegant re-purposed produce crate, now serving as a repository for library books (the children have crates in their rooms for their library books too. It really helps with keeping the library books from getting mixed in with all the other books). Here’s a closer look 🙂
What I really want to put here is a low bookshelf, since I have a hard time restraining myself from used book sales (5 books for $1 at our new library!), and the new bookshelf is already full and overflowing.
Fully on the other side of the room from Axa’s is Raj’s desk. This is not because they don’t like each other. On the contrary, they like each other so much that neither can focus very well unless they have their own space. Also, whatever the other person is doing is always more interesting. A lot of homeschoolers have told me that their children all work at one big table. I don’t know how they do it. Either my children have vastly different personalities, or I just have novice-level classroom management skills.
So Raj’s desk is right underneath our kitchen bar counter, and I was utterly delighted with my cleverness in putting it there. Now we don’t need to get bar stools, and we have some great usable space, just Raj’s height.
You’ll notice that his chair doesn’t match the desk. Axa’s doesn’t either, if you look closely. They are both wonderful Stokke chairs, which we have had since Raj was a toddler. In a world of expensive and unnecessary children’s paraphernalia, Stokke chairs are unusual for their brilliant design and real practicality. Everything on them (seat depth/height and footrest) is adjustable. So not only do they put children at a comfortable height, they also help them have good posture and give them a “floor” to put their feet on, so their legs don’t just dangle off the chair. They are wonderful at a dining table, but even more essential when sitting at a desk and writing. Pricey, but awesome.
So that’s our homeschool room. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we do. Where do you do your homeschooling?