A Tour of our Homeschool Room

Welcome to our school room, complete with a cute dog to greet you!

(Lacy the WonderDog: star student)
homeschool room 2012

Bookshelves are my friends. And I’m fickle about tables.

I always tweak our schoolroom from year to year, but there are no huge changes this time around. The bookshelves have been rearranged to accommodate this year’s books and rotate out last year’s books. I’ve reorganized a little. There’s a new lamp (which I painted turquoise) on the smaller bookcase. And once again this year, I’ve swapped out the table we’re using.

We really liked the table we used last year, but it was an odd height that didn’t allow for comfortable dining. Although we seldom use our school room as the dining room it was originally intended to be, I do like to have that as an option for when we host holiday gatherings or have another family over for dinner. This trestle-style table was my grandmother’s, and I refinished it over the summer. {That was a nightmare project!} It is larger, is normal table-height, and has two leaves to allow even more expansion for get-togethers. Another factor in wanting to switch to this larger table is so that Lindsey has room to work here too, if she chooses; we had no need of that last year.

A spot for Kathryn’s school things:

Behind Kathryn’s chair is a smaller book shelf specifically for her things: stationery for pen pals and thank-you notes; craft supplies, including a bin dedicated to duct tape; yarn for knitting; and binders for several subjects. Those little drawers hold her math books, copywork notebook, and things like that.

School Room 2012 - shelf

Ahh… my own office space!

I moved my desk area {again!} from the corner of the living room, where it was last year, to make myself an office. Now it’s around the corner in the sunroom, with the piano — which I don’t play {yet!}, but makes me feel creative to have it sitting nearby. I love how open and bright this room is, and I have a little antique china cabinet to store my office supplies and such. I still have a few things to organize in here, and curtains to make because I get a wicked glare on the computer screen during certain hours of the day. I have my fabric waiting in the corner behind the velvet chair, but have to actually take the time to sew them!

School Room 2012 - my office

School Room 2012 - my desk

A spot for Lindsey’s school stuff, too:

Since Lindsey prefers to work in the living room or occasionally in her room, her school things are in a plastic crate on my [seldom used] sewing table in the corner of the living room. It’s easier for her this way to keep everything together. Big books stand up in back, file folders hold spiral notebooks and loose papers, and she has a little pencil box with pens and pencils in the front. {Kathryn’s hula hoop is nestled in the corner because you never know when the urge to hula might strike.}

School Room 2012 - corner

Wide angle lenses are fun.

This wide-angle photo shows how everything all fits together. You can see the school area, the living room, and Lindsey’s little corner. To the right corner is the front door. Closer to you on the right is the kitchen. At left, it opens to my sunroom.

School Room 2012 - living

Another wider shot here, to piece it together. Even though my desk isn’t in the same room, it’s all very close. I really don’t mind that this is what you see when you come in the front door. So what if it looks like a school room? For us, home educating isn’t limited to just a few hours of the day; it’s become our lifestyle, and our home reflects that.

School Room 2012

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  1. says

    A beautiful space, Jamie! It’s so cheerful and inviting.
    Love the dog in the photos…pets are just part of the family at our house too:)

    • says

      It’s funny because most of the time she doesn’t cooperate for photos but I especially loved the first one where she just planted herself right there. I could’ve have posed her any better. πŸ˜‰

  2. says

    Love your bookshelves and how there are three smaller ones separated by bigger ones in the middle. It looks great! I’ll have to pin that for future reference because I love the way it looks. :) Your curtains are beautiful too. Such a lovely space!

    • says

      IKEA! Those bookcases look built in but they aren’t. When I was deciding which IKEA shelves I wanted, I realized that wall would exactly fit the 3 bigger bookcases and 2 smaller ones. The bookcases by the window in the living room are the same Billy bookcases, and we got those in damaged boxes in the boo-boo section of the store so we paid next to nothing: sweet!

  3. says

    I love your home! It’s so lovely, bright and open. The pink desk chairs are fantastic. :) And I see a lap harp on the left side of the big book shelf! I have one of those (well, it’s still at my parents’ house :) ) and I LOVED playing it when I was younger. :)

    I think it’s beautiful how you’ve incorporated “school” into “home”…exactly, PRECISELY, what “homeschooling” is supposed to be!! :)

    • says

      That lapharp was a present for Kathryn last Christmas. I love it because it’s relatively easy and sounds pretty even if you don’t know how to play it well. Nearly everyone who comes over wants to try it.

  4. says

    Your room is great. I’m all over the dining room for our homeschooling, but I’ve plans for a 10 x 12 ft shed converted to a school house… someday. I found your blog through my sister, Sarah Greenspan Glidewell.

  5. says

    Jamie, your room…was one of my favorites last year and again this year. It’s so open, cheery, organized and inviting. I love the black armoire….we were looking at something similar on Saturday. GREAT ideas! Thank you!

  6. says

    Beautiful! Your wall color is exactly the shade I want in our school room when we move. (It’s dark red in our current home.) I can’t wait to show my hubby because he just can’t visualize what I see in my head. lol

    By any chance do you happen to recall the name? lol

    • says

      Ha ha! It’s funny that you ask that about the color. Kathryn’s room is a very similar color but not exactly the same, and apparently I touched up a living room wall with the wrong light blue paint and I’m going to have to have it color matched or something to make it look right! Sorry not to be more help!

  7. says

    This is our first venture in homeschooling! I’m just taking on one child this year, I’m just putting the finishing touches on our room. One day I might post some photos! I love your ideas – perfect timing. Thanks!

  8. says

    I love how bright and cheerful everything looks – and how your home reflects your LIFE! Homes are for living in, and I’m glad you do :)

  9. says

    Everything is so bright and clean and fresh! Love the colours! Your dog homeschools too? πŸ˜‰ Having a sign that reads “Each day is a new blessing” is something I could definitely use in our own home – it’s so true.

  10. says

    Love your space! The brightness and light is so great for mood and for crafting too. Great organization. Love that they all have their own “space” for their things. I love to spread out when I craft, so that table looks GREAT!

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