We’ve probably all had that moment where you’re perusing Pinterest and drooling over the gorgeous homeschool rooms that some people have set up. And while those rooms are amazing and I still oogle them from time to time, I don’t need that. Our homeschool room is the dining room table that we never actually sit at. We don’t eat meals there and we don’t do school work there. So I know that if we created this room with beautiful desks and walls…we’d never actually use it. That helps curb my jealousy.
But I’d love to give you a tour of where we do spend our homeschool days. And next week we will be back with what happens in a normal homeschool day!
Our Homeschool Room Tour
So, this is our dining space. It’s mostly used for storing books and bikes. We don’t have a garage or outdoor storage, so the bikes are inside for now. And no chairs. Yes, our chairs have all been claimed by the computer desks.
Yep, bikes. We have two bookshelves. You can see on the top right we keep ‘homeschool toys’. In all honestly, I don’t separate toys. I just didn’t have space in the boys rooms and I didn’t want to get rid of them. So I boxed them up and put them in the school room. Incidentally, they are more likely to actually play with them now that they’re designated school toys.
Better view of the bookshelves. On the far bookshelf, the bottom is reference books for the boys. Just some things we’ve collected over the years. 90% dinosaur books.
2nd shelf is easy reader books and games
3rd shelf is curricula we’re actually using. And then a few random bits and pieces. Our big photo block/dice blocks are here too.
The closer bookshelf holds all my reference books for homeschooling plus some workbook type stuff. BOB books, puzzles, and curricula I cannot part with even though we never use it.
The top shelf holds our All About Reading binders. And my lamp and tripod for shooting pictures…that I obviously should have used for these pictures. Forgive me!
On the very left bottom you can see our multicolored shelves. These hold the work the boys do individually (reading, spelling, and math). They each have one drawer per subject and the books just stay in there along with anything else they need.
The cats use our homeschool room more than we do (not an exaggeration at all!)
Where We Actually Spend Our Time
Our time of actual instruction is often right here. This is the reading corner in the boys room but we use it for school. Our All About Reading/Spelling white board lives here. And the multicolored shelf unit from the previous room? It’s been relocated here. I was spending a lot of time walking back and forth when I realized the dang shelves have wheels…they can move!!
We do math and reading/spelling here!
The rest of our time is spent all over the place. We’ve spent a lot of time going to the park for school, which has been great. When the weather improves we will do that even more.