Homemaking, Homeschooling, Mommyhood

{Not} Back-to-School Blog Hop: School Room Week

In our old house, we had a great loft area, that was the perfect play/school room.  And, it was out of the way of our main living areas.  When we lived there, I said that I was going to enjoy the luxury of a dedicated “school room” while I had it, because I knew that our living situation could always change.

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And, now it has.

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We moved in January, and this is what our “school room” looked like then:

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(When I originally posted these pictures, I promised myself I would also post “after” pictures when I got everything put together… I just didn’t think it would take 6 months to do so!!)

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I don’t know about you, but I think this is a vast improvement:

Our “school room” is now in what what would be considered the “dining room” in most homes!
(That is our front door.  As you walk in, the kitchen is off to the left.  The laundry room is to the right.  And, our living area/school room is pretty much straight ahead.)

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This is the view from our entryway.
Our school area has a rather prominent place in our home.
I like it that way.

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This bookshelf houses most of our school material: textbooks, workbooks, notebooks, and extra school supplies.
The 2 baskets on top hold extra paper, labels, CD’s, and ink cartridges for the printer.
The top shelf holds my Christian Education “resource” books.
The bottom 2 shelves hold Hannah’s “fun” (meaning non-school-related) books.
And, the basket on the floor, is where our library books go (when it isn’t holding a sleeping cat!).

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My desk is just across the room from our school area. (And, yes, I do need something to hang above it!!)  So, I can pull my chair over to the table, and go over the lessons with Hannah.  Or, I can work on other projects while she works independently, but still be close enough to answer questions, give a little more instruction, or just help her stay on task.

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We are currently “borrowing” chairs from our kitchen table.  Although these are working well enough, the table is just a little too high, and the chair is just a little too short for Hannah… She does a great job, but sitting on your knees is only comfortable for so long.  So, I have been looking for a way to remedy this.  Then, I saw this on Jamie’s blog!  So, now I am hoping to get a couple of (pretty) adjustable chairs, and retire the kitchen ones before our first day of school (September 6th!).

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I am linking this post up with Heart of the Matter’s {Not} Back-to-School Blog Hop!
Check it out to see where other homeschooling families learn, or link up yourself, and share your your own space!!