Thursday, October 22

A Glimpse into our Space

Our school space is predominantly in the basement. It's our family room (the side of the room you don't see are the bookshelves and television). There is a bathroom nearby so they don't have to go upstairs and get lost on their way to it. The laundry room is down there too so if it's safe to do so, I can leave them to think on their own a few minutes while I put in another load. Additionally the basement contains the master bedroom (a nice alternative work space for someone who needs quiet) and the 3 year old's bedroom. I had hoped that he'd be more likely to play in his room when we were working on our studies, but that rarely happens.

This is how we transform it when we're working on learning activities. The curtain reveals our whiteboard (and one of these days, our cork board). The other curtain is actually a window. The table unfolds to give us more workspace. The drawers in the table contain our whiteboard markers, our pencils/colored pencils/markers, and there is a drawer of things for S to do as well. If we have to move locations we can pull the drawers completely out and take the stuff with us. Having two couches is also a great plus. These kids have no idea what sitting at a desk all day feels like.

The downside is that this space is also our company space (one couch is a hide-a-bed) so we have to move our study space around when we have guests. No problem. With the exception of the whiteboard we are portable.

We store three containers in our laundry room and bring them out when we get started. First, our supply box. Stuff that we usually go looking for, glue, tape, hole punch, stapler, index cards, timer, etc.

Second, our books. This magazine rack contains their notebooks and any library or reference books we're currently using.

Third, our station box. This is where they find their assignments. All workbooks, instruction sheets, read alouds, spelling words, etc. are in here as well as blank paper and a space for my stuff.

When we're done for the day we close up shop, put the containers back in the laundry room, fold down the table and close the curtain. I don't want to live in a school room. But I do want to have everything close by (there is a ton of storage for everything else in the laundry room). This does the job nicely.


  1. Hey, Deb. I like your blog. I'm bringing the girls home so I'll be your biggest reader soon.

    It looks like you've been doing this long enough you've figured out the simplest method. I look forward to more ideas.

    We aren't officially homeschooling because Cora is kindergarten age. I don't think Texas requires her to attend school at age 5, but I'll be checking it out.

  2. I like the idea of the boxes. We have a 'station box' as you call it, but we also have a tray on the desk - it is a mess collector. After seeing your station box, we definitely need to tidy ours up and then maybe instead of the tray we could have individual supply boxes. I like the idea of boxes because you can put the lid on, pack them up, move them out of the way - the space seems to be more defined.

  3. I enjoyed reading your post. I am now following and look forward to reading more.

  4. clean room - I like how the curtain is used to hide the whiteboard - have a great school year

  5. What a great space! The whiteboard-concealing curtain is genius.

  6. So organized. I like how everything can disappear if necessary. And having laundry nearby is a great plus!

  7. Cool idea to hide the white board with a curtain! We also use our basement for homeschooling, but we tend to move upstairs frequently--especially when we're craving a bit of sunlight!

    I love that your kids don't know what it feels like to sit at a desk all day--that's awesome!

  8. awesome room! Where did you get your curtains? Those are exactly what i'm looking for to put in our school room!!!

  9. *GASP!* I have never THOUGHT to hide 'wall stuff' with a curtain! What a GENIUS idea!!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful space!


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