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Schoolroom, what schoolroom?

August 11, 2009


It’s Schoolroom Week at Darcy’s Life with My 3 Boybarians, so head on over and check out the links to some really beautiful and fun schoolrooms.  Rooms like we just don’t have around here!

Although one of the joys of homeschooling is not being confined to a schoolroom all day every day.  To borrow a motto from my alma mater, “The world is our campus.”  Well, the Wasatch Front anyway, we’re not world travellers yet, although we’d like to be.  Some of our favorite places for school so far?

 Red Butte Garden for nature study:

lavender sketching

The canyons in fall:

maple lake sketching

The zoo:


Pioneer Village:


Hiking up to the bristlecones at 10,000 ft. in Great Basin Nat’l Park:

bristlecone hike

Golden Spike Nat’l Monument: 

Golden Spike

Union Station in Ogden (we’re train fanatics):

Union station big boy


Even when we are home, we don’t have a dedicated room just for school.  We just don’t have the space for it.  The closest thing we have is the office/library/dining/school/music room that adjoins our living room and which we just call the music room for short.  I teach cello students here and do my own practicing here.  Music is an important part of our lives and A practices the piano in here as well.

A at piano

Besides the computer desk (always a mess of papers) and a chess table (also a mess, I can’t remember when we last used it for playing chess) it also houses three of our seven tall bookcases and the chalkboard/easel which is almost too short now for two of the boys, as well as the dining room table which is where A does a lot of his written work.  (It gets used for actual dining about twice a year or so.) 


music school room

We also have an adjoining entryway with filing cabinets, a bookcase, and a little wooden table that is just the right height and has enough room for the the 4-year-old to work.   

entryway table

When it’s in there against the wall though, it’s a magnet for piles of, well, stuff!  We have clutter issues. 🙂  So for the beginning of school last week, we cleaned it off and put it in the living room and so far we like it in there, although vacuuming around it is a pain.  Easily accessible are our history, science, and literature book baskets and a comfy chair for reading.  The closed entertainment center also doubles as a bulletin board of sorts for our memory work and weather wheels.

little table and book baskets

The house doesn’t quite scream, “We’re homeschoolers,” but it definitely looks like we enjoy living and learning here.

The history and science books are about the most organized things in the house at the moment and presently reside in the boys’ bedroom.  I finally sat down and worked out a labelling system for them.


I’ve waffled back and forth over whether I’d like a room just for school or not.  We will be moving in the near future and right now I really like the idea of all the school stuff going in one room.  I wouldn’t have to think which books are in which rooms, if the art supplies we need today are in the rolling cart in the entryway or in the box in my bedroom, and all the games and puzzles could be so much more accessible for everyone.  I have dreams of being more organized with all my teaching materials if I had one place for them to belong. 

I honestly don’t think we could confine ourselves to schooling in one room though.  Right now we begin in the living room with our devotional and memory work.  A moves to the music room for his individual work.  D likes to work at the little table and C prefers to do most of his work on the floor or sitting next to me on the couch.  I’m available to everyone, yet we all have enough space to spread out.  We cook and do art in the kitchen and reading?  We read everywhere–on the floor, on our beds, curled up in a chair, cuddled all together on the couch,  in the car…

Speaking of which, in a few weeks we’ll be heading to southern Utah for a Shakespeare festival and to visit Bryce Canyon.  There are just so many opportunities to get out and learn beyond the “schoolroom.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2009 6:18 am

    We don’t have a school room either. We have tried to do that several times, but I have a couple that work best in solitude. We have resorted to having “church tables” in every room of the house! ;o)

  2. August 12, 2009 7:58 am

    We have a schoolroom, but we rarely use it for actual schoolwork, lol! The couch, or their beds, or even MY bed is so much cozier. 🙂

  3. August 13, 2009 3:33 pm

    CONGRATS on boy #4!! I feel you!! We have four wonderful boys too! Boys are my favorite! 🙂 LOL! Apparently my hubby’s too… Happy Homeschooling!

  4. August 14, 2009 7:49 pm

    Thanks for letting us take a peek!

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