This is our futon, which is useful if not lovely. We actually have it spread out as a bed all the time now because my four year old son has his daily rest time on it. We use this as sleeping space for company, and it’s actually quite comfortable with a foam mattress add-on. There’s also a sofa bed upstairs for additional guests. The most common use for this space, however, is reading – we have read MANY books together on the futon.
This area is a little home office where budgets are made, bills are paid, and blogs are written! We have a tv in our homeschool room so we can watch things like Baby Signing Time movies and other educational programs. Since this picture was taken, my husband has rearranged all the comptuer wires to make this corner a bit neater. Jumbled, tangled cords drive me crazy! Our printer includes a scanner and copier, two features that always come in handy for homeschooling and church projects. I would love to work on beautifying this area like some of those I see on Pinterest, but for now I’m satisfied with it being functional and neatly organized.
This is the laundry room door in our homeschooling room. I bought a shoe pocket organizer and hung it to organize many of our craft supplies. I put things like paint and do-a-dot markers up high so curious little hands can’t reach them.
The bottom row of our bookshelf has books the children are allowed to pull off whenever they want. The next shelf up has school books that are organized in magazine holders by subject. The next shelf up has a few favorite fiction books that belong to my husband and I, as well as our dictionary, theasarus, and books full of quotes. The top two shelves are full of paperback childrens’ books and classics, and on top of the bookshelf I have travel books, art books and cookbooks. Our poor bookshelf is practically bursting at the seams. We also set up a card table in front of our fire place as a convenient place to leave incomplete projects if we need to (like unfinished puzzles and artwork drying).
Here are my sweet nephew, niece, and son watching a movie together on the futon. Behind the futon, you can see my white sewing table and the bookshelf that holds extra fabric. This room is really a family workroom rather than just a homeschool room.
This bookshelf has extra homeschooling supplies on it. The first two shelves have things like playdough supplies (cookie cutters, rolling pins, small plastic knives), foam letters, and our childrens’ Bibles. The third shelf down holds our PK3 curriculum from Sonlight, and our PK4/5 curriculum (also from Sonlight – we’re big fans) is on the fourth. The bottom two shelves have tot trays for my daughter and a sensory tub.
That about does it for the tour! We’ve tried to make the space inviting for the whole family since so much of our day is spent here. Unfortunately, I have a lot of rearranging to do yet again since I’ll be ordering kindergarten curriculum very soon.
We love having a homeschool room, but a dining room table or couch can certainly work as well. Where do you do homeschool?