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Our new homeschool classroom!

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Our new homeschool classroom!

In the last house that we lived in, we were blessed with a HUMUNGOUS “spare room” that served as a playroom, daycare room, and homeschool classroom during different seasons of our lives.  It was bigger than any master bedroom that we have ever had.  To top if off we also had a good sized dining room with a beautiful china cabinet that served to store many of our homeschooling resources.

When we moved, we downsized, a LOT!  We chose a home that had double the land size and almost 1/2 the house size.  So, we said goodbye to our large dining room, our classroom and the china cabinet we once had room for.

When we moved into our new house I had only 1 child currently schooling, with another up and coming.  Initially I thought that we would use our dining room table (which is located in the kitchen and is the only table we have) to teach the two boys.  This worked for a while, but we found that we were always taking things out and then leaving them out as there is no storage in our kitchen for our school things.

Our older son moved out earlier this year and at that time his bedroom morphed into a spare bedroom as we hosted several family members.  But, with the slow decline in the number of people visiting and staying after the arrival of Little Lou (having a toddler and a baby seems to scare people off….).  Then one day it dawned on me and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t considered it before.  

A NEW CLASSROOM!

Once I have an idea in my head, I have to act on it, I couldn’t stop brainstorming  all the possibilities for the space!  I did a google search of other homeschool classrooms and looked at what I liked, what was practical, what used items we already had, and what worked for a small space.

I would still love to paint the classroom, maybe after Christmas, but I LOVE it even now.  It feels roomy and spacious.  It’s a safe space for both the little boys and my bigger learner.  We have “stations” for different kinds of learning and playing.  I worked hard to organize and simplify the room which resulted in it being VERY easy to clean. 

So, here it is!  My new homeschool classroom!

I can’t really get a great shot of the room as a whole just because of the angles and shape of the room so we’ll go around it wall by wall, and area by area.

Our new homeschool classroom utilizes our small space with great organization and space dedicated to babies, toddlers and  older kids.
The first corner of the room hosts our monthly calendar board with the seasons wheel, weather and days of the week activities.  I made these awesome resources from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  It was a lot of printing, cutting and laminating but it was definitely worth the effort!

The small cork board contains checklists and a file folder of things that need to be done for the homeschool class Izzy attends once a week.

The rocking chair is a really special addition.  It’s the rocking chair that my mom picked up at an antique auction when I was born.  She rocked my brother and myself in it and I have also rocked my children in it.  The quilt is also sentimental, made by a dear lady at our old church for Mickey Blue when he was born.

And the basket on the floor holds Little Lou’s toys.

Our new homeschool classroom utilizes our small space with great organization and space dedicated to babies, toddlers and  older kids.

This is the play side of the homeschool classroom.  

The wonderful brag board was made for us a few years ago by friends.  Mickey blue and I use it for number and letter recognition play.  I love the magnetic leap frog toys for this activity.  We also have the Melissa and Doug magnetic letters which comes with upper and lower case letters.  Kitchen play toys have been a staple with all of our boys.  At our last place we made a beautiful play kitchen out of an old entertainment unit.

Our new homeschool classroom utilizes our small space with great organization and space dedicated to babies, toddlers and  older kids.To the right, Mickey blue is having fun playing with our Christmas window clings on our patio doors.  He’s currently standing on one of the two desks in the room. This one is an old rubber wood table that was passed onto us by some friends.  My husband chopped the legs down to make it kid friendly. The two little chairs were a Costco find last year.

 This table is great for puzzles, playing games, or working side by side on projects.  The room has the original wood flooring in it, and because our homeschool classroom is around several corners from our wood stove, it can be a bit chilly so we placed our old area rug on the floor for a warmer play surface.

 

Our new homeschool classroom utilizes our small space with great organization and space dedicated to babies, toddlers and  older kids.

The Learning Resources are along the other wall.

This is one of the Ikea Expedit shelving unit.  (It has now been renamed Kallax and is slightly different in dimensions.)  We bought these units back in our old house and they have been staples since then!  We have used them for many different purposes.  Right now the Spielgaben kit and printed resources (in the binders) are on top of the shelving unit.  There’s also a mishmash of random supplies that I need to weed through.  

The top row of books are Izzy’s schooling resources for the year.  My handy hubby made me dividers of matching MDF to separate the different school subjects.  The black bins, also an ikea purchase, hold resources with small pieces.  The row below that are Mickey’s puzzles and books that he can help himself to during school time – despite having Izzy’s name on them.  The bottom shelf are some of our favourite Usborne books (I’m a consultant so we always have an abundance of books for our homeschool classroom). 

Our new homeschool classroom utilizes our small space with great organization and space dedicated to babies, toddlers and  older kids.  I’m very proud of Izzy’s little desk area.  

This is the only area in the classroom that I actually had to buy a few supplies for.  I bought the “towel bars” from home hardware $7.99 each along with a couple packs of S hooks that cost about $2 each.  The top row of jars are empty Thrive pantry cans we had around the house.  They each hold different school supplies; pencil crayons, felts, pens & pencils, and dry erase markers.  The smaller cans house the crayons and pip squeak markers.  

The white board came out of our kitchen classroom area and we often use it for weekly bible verses.  The desk belonged to my older son, T, who isn’t using it anymore.  The top was in rough shape so we removed all the accessories and recovered the surface with chalk board contact paper!  

Below the desk are our resource books (similar to Encyclopedias) and our unit study resources for North America.  And who could forget the cute little stainless steel garbage can tucked into the back corner!

Our new homeschool classroom utilizes our small space with great organization and space dedicated to babies, toddlers and  older kids.

Our second Expedit unit contains more learning resources for Mickey Blue.

I filled these shelves with puzzles, brain games, his math curriculum, dominoes, and other learning manipulatives.  Above the unit are the timeline and map resources for our Bible program.

This area was the closet.  

It now stores all our supplies.  Our new homeschool classroom utilizes our small space with great organization and space dedicated to babies, toddlers and  older kids.The top shelf is extra books, curriculum, and resources that we don’t need right now.  The second shelf holds our board games.  And the bottom shelf are resources that we are using this year.  More on all our cool resources in another post!

 And one of my favourite spots in our new homeschool classroom! A space just for curling up with the boys – our book nook!  We have 2 ikea spice racks that we painted and hung to hold our current reading books.  The other side of the wall has an ikea star light that we got cheap off of usedcowichan.ca  and the other wall map for our bible program.  

The base of the book nook is an old camping foamy surrounded by as many spare pillows (large and small) as I could find around the house.  It’s super cozy and the boys love playing in here as well as cozying up for a story or two.

 

 

Our new homeschool classroom utilizes our small space with great organization and space dedicated to babies, toddlers and  older kids including the gorilla gym!
Gorilla gym

And finally, the doorway to our classroom.  

My major purchase was the gorilla gym.    It hangs in the doorway permanently and gives my busy boys a fabulous way to build strength and burn off energy while we are busy working inside. (Review to come because I LOVE this piece of equipment)

So far our homeschool classroom is working really well for us.  What about you?  Do you have a specific classroom?  No extra room?  What tips do you have for making your space work?

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Nadine Best

I am a follower of Jesus, SAHM, THMer, and homeschooler to my 4 boys. I love to garden and am a wanna be homesteader. I also LOVE organizing.

  • Our neighbors are renovating this summer. There's been a lot of activity to keep my curious trio entertained. But the best was the excavator (or elevator as Mickey Blue calls it) that showed up ON HIS BIRTHDAY!!! #bestbirthdaypresentever Shout out to all the construction loving boy moms out there! Can I get a YEAH?!?! #boylife #boymom
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  • Our neighbors are renovating this summer. There's been a lot of activity to keep my curious trio entertained. But the best was the excavator (or elevator as Mickey Blue calls it) that showed up ON HIS BIRTHDAY!!! #bestbirthdaypresentever Shout out to all the construction loving boy moms out there! Can I get a YEAH?!?! #boylife #boymom
  • #captainunderpants .... well, captain #easyups LOL. Mickey Blue was given a pack for his 3rd birthday and Little Lou approves 😝 my boys are such hams, they are always making me laugh! I 💕 #momlife !!! What funny or sweet things have your kids been up to?
  • Isn't #lettuce cool the way that it grows up and out in a spiral fashion!?! This is our first time growing #iceberg lettuce - it's my hubby's favourite! We've had a weird year with growing lettuces, this one is enjoying the whole stretch of garden to itself because none of the other seeds have sprouted, even from the second seeding! I'm going to be potting some to start and transplant! I NEED LETTUCE (I ❤ salad). How's your lettuce doing this year? Got any #tips or #tricks for me?
  • One of the best things about #homeschooling is the chance for a deep and strong relationship between siblings that would otherwise have no contact with each other!! They're still siblings, they are great together most of the time but sometimes they drive each other crazy and push each other's buttons. But if they didn't have all the time together that they do I don't think I'd get near as many sweet moments like this, curled up on the couch together sharing a moment 💕 What heart melting moments have you had recently?
  • I had never seen a #potato flower before! Growing a garden is so much fun. I can't believe how much I've learned this year and how something can grow from almost nothing. Our #Russianblue potatoes are doing so well - I can't wait to dig them up at the end of the season and see if the beauty below the ground will be as rewarding as it's been above!  Anyone else got potatoes in the garden? What variety did you pick?
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