A lot of homeschool blogs are posting their organized educational spaces right now. We love to look at each others’ ideas, so I thought I would join the bandwagon so I can remember what it looked like – ONCE!
We actually “school” all over the house, but I like having everything in a central location. That reminds me to mention that our educational philosophy DOES NOT mean sitting at a table from 8-3 each day working through workbooks and other curricula. I am not against such models, but it has never worked for us. Mainly my philosophy is that education is great and fun, and can be done anytime anywhere. My biggest concern however has never been for my children’s education (GASP!!) for education’s sake. I am way more concerned about their hearts – towards God, towards family, towards those we fellowship with, towards community. I believe the curriculum and anything “educational” we do is just a tool to build character, enhance relationships, point them to God, and as a bonus they get to learn cool stuff!
So I have this sign hanging, as it highlights what I tried to say above.
“The Secret to happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one has to do.” I love that I still have this sign. Sometimes, even as children, we struggle with joy. Children often feel that something has to MAKE them happy (I suppose adults feel this way too sometimes), but really joy and happiness are a choice. I had a child who struggled with this make the sign years ago. We framed it and it hangs near our school table…continuing to remind children, as well as this mamma, long after that dear one has graduated.
I repainted this old oak bookcase we got over 20 years ago. Creamy, neutral colors are my favorite and bring a sense of peace and calm. Our kids need that.
This chalkboard I bought when we first moved to Idaho at a church rummage sale. They were updating all of the church classrooms and I loved the “old-fashioned” look of this! The awesome shelf I got at Costco and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I’m sure a lot of you have it too. I know of at least two of my friends that have one. These are filled with toys that the kids can play downstairs with. The other baskets on top are filled with the books we will use this year by subject. The other smaller cubbies are the individual children’s where they can put their notebooks, etc. There are only four so the teens can keep their stuff in their room.
A nice, clean table….a new canvas! Tables don’t stay clean long around here – a child sees it as an opportunity to create something! Same with a clean floor – just another opportunity to build, imagine, create.
On my newly painted bookcase I have applied these awesome “chalkboard” type labels. I know they are all the rage and I don’t typically love fads, but they add to the whimsy I have always enjoyed about an “old-fashioned” school room. I actually used a white scrapbooking pen instead of chalk. LOVE IT!
This is our kids computer station. It is across the room from our other school-ish stuff. The boxes on the floor are gone now as we had a yard sale this weekend!!
It won’t look like this again once we get started, but isn’t it pleasant?