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Not Back-to-School Blog Hop: Schoolroom

August 13, 2012

We’re sharing our schoolrooms this week.  Just as we hardly changed a thing curriculum-wise from last year, not much has changed in the schoolroom either.  I finally gathered most of our school supplies and books into one room and haven’t felt the need to mess with the setup.  Really though, we’re looking forward to moving somewhere altogether new and then we’ll rethink the school space again.  For now, I’m lifting pictures from last year’s schoolroom post when it was a little bit cleaner!  We’ve been doing major decluttering this summer all over the house and there are still a few piles of stuff left in the schoolroom that should be will be gone by next week.

We actually never refer to it as the “schoolroom.”  School, or rather learning, tends to spill over into all areas of the house anyway.  We read and cuddle on the couch, we cook and bake in the kitchen.  The boys stay up too late reading at night in their beds, but most of our learning at least gets started here: It’s the school/office/library/dining/music room and is generally referred to as the music room due to the piano and cello which get much use here.  A is really the only one who does school work in here at the table.  The other two prefer to sprawl out on the adjoining living room floor.

Against the back wall is the bookcase that holds our current schoolwork.  Each of the boys has a “bucket” (as they call them) with their individual books and crayon boxes.  The shelves below are an odd size and too small to stand up any regular books and binders so next to some of my shorter books, we stack the text and teacher books instead.  The middle shelf has a history and geography pile, the language arts pile, and the Latin and art pile.  The bottom shelf holds the boys’ scripture journal and memory work binders.  I try to keep things color-coordinated.  Blue for A, green for C, red for D.  E too has a bucket now with colored pencils, a notebook, and stickers so when he feels like it, he can join in with his “schoolwork.”

Here we’re looking towards the other corner with the computer desk and printer.  (Last year’s picture because the computer desk is the worst corner in the house right now and oddly, C is wearing the exact same shirt as in the first picture above which was taken yesterday!)

There’s actually a chess table in front of the window.  A has now learned to play chess so if we could keep it clean, maybe it would actually get used.

One more corner–the bookcase on the right holds all of our school books that are not in use as well as church history books and some movies.  The bookcase on the left is DH’s.  Our only major change is the table, which now sits at an angle to these two bookcases, which opens up a little more floor space and helps keep the 2-year-old from pulling all the books off the shelves.  Hopefully we can encourage him to use the easel for drawing rather than my walls and the fridge door.

An end table in the living room holds the “reference shelf” I put together last year.  It’s been so handy.  When the boys need to look up something, they know right where to go and will often lose themselves looking through different encyclopedias because they’re right there within their reach.

So there’s a little look at where we get to work.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tamaran permalink
    August 13, 2012 1:26 pm


    I’m glad to see a picture of your reference shelf. That is what I drool over every time I see it. Now I know exactly what is there and I can prioritize our wish list 🙂

  2. September 4, 2012 10:47 am

    I really like having a reference shelf too. We have a “classroom” also called the sun room and that’s where I store most things. We hardly work there though because that room is an aluminum add on with no real insulation. By noon on hot days, you could melt something in there. On cold days, the room could freeze your toenails off. I need to figure out how to insulate it in order for the room to be more functional than storage. I cleared off a shelf in my music room so that I didn’t have to keep going to the sun room for our main books. Maybe I’ll be clearing more. Although it could all be moot if my father in law comes to live with us. The music room will be come his room.

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