August 12, 2009
This week Darcy wanted us to post about our school room. Funny, that I have been working on organizing it lately. Yesterday we spent the day at a friend of my mother's that she grew up with. She was giving me a book case to go in my daughter's closet (which we'll go pick up next weekend) and we've been organizing things to make room for nearly a hundred old books she gave us and a few we picked up at the book fair. The photos here are of when my school room was CLEAN. It's not clean today. But we're working on it.
I lerve books. When I think of a school 'room', I just think of where to store my books. School can't be confined to a room - learning happens everywhere. Not just at home, either.
So what I call my 'school room' is where the books go. Most of them, anyway. We have books in the children's rooms, too. And I'm about to put some books in my room as well. Then there's the basket of "currently in use" books that are borrowed from a friend and sitting in a plastic box behind my couch. That's also where public library books reside while they visit our house.
The 'school room' is my favorite room in the entire house - it's where I blog. It doubles as an office and an entertainment den, too. We call it our "under-water room" because of the teal blue whimsical paint on the walls (that were painted while hubby was away on a business trip). [Click the link to go see more photos] It houses our map and globe collection and my 'wall of inspiration' - a collection of photos and favorite paper things I love to look at, hanging over my desk.
Most of our 'school' when we are home takes place downstairs at the dining table despite having a 'school room', however. We like to spread our work out on the table and sit together. The school room has a couch and a TV for video games and educational movies... so there's no room for a table and chairs. I like the "minimalist" decor in the dining room for school, too. I haven't painted the room yet - so there are few distractions (barring the cats stay away).
Sometimes our school room is the car, the back yard, or the king sized bed in my room (great for snuggling with all three kids to read and nap... because napping comes after reading sometimes). Or sometimes our school room is our kitchen. I think it's funny that we associate a room with school... when all of life is learning. You don't need a specific room designated for school - but it is nice to keep your supplies and books in one place.
That's why we have our school boxes nearly full of everything we need to work with for our assignments. We can pop the box in the car and head out... like we did yesterday... or we can move our box to another room in our house and stretch out on the floor. I like to change up the scenery when we do school sometimes just for fun. Every now and then we even go to the library to do school.
Where do you do school?
Tell me about it in the comments section. Be sure also to check out Darcy's carnival for other homeschool school room posts.
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