So...I am finally sharing the room where we do most of our school work. We learn everywhere, though. I promise. One of the things that I have learned from hanging out with homeschooling families is that we often over-explain things in an effort to teach our children something.
This is the view when you get to the top of the stairs. We moved the
most comfortable piece of furniture we own love seat up here, shortly after we moved in and bought new living room furniture. To the left is our desk and to the right is our "preschool center". Big Daddy's desk is behind the love seat and holds his laptop, any project that he is working on and our printer. He has the option to work from home at times, so he needs to have a space to keep work stuff that is NOT close to our things. The bookshelf to the right of the window was my grandmother's. It is FULL of Big Daddy's books. My little desk area is on the other side of the easel.
I had picked out a super economical desk option and then we got to IKEA and Big Daddy decided that this would be better. This was on my original idea board, but I nixed it in favor of something cheaper. I like that there is a big work surface with two separate seating areas. It's actually from the dining collection, is real wood and could be painted in the future. We picked out the red folding chairs, so that we could easily store them or carry them downstairs for extra seating. I need one more for my desk and maybe another just because. Right now, I move Ellie's chair across from Maggie or Maggie's chair beside of Ellie when we are working. The child that is NOT doing school work can play, read or draw in another area. We have our calendar board and some magnetic boards that we can display current art on. The bookshelf holds some of our curriculum and manipulatives are stored in the wooden crate on the floor.
This is our "preschool center". We have a kitchen, doll house, bench with books and pillows to create a comfy reading spot. This area is out of view from Maggie's seat. Ellie can play quietly and it doesn't distract our learning. The giant easel to the left, was a Christmas gift from 2011. It was in the living room for nearly a year because it is much bigger than it was in the store! :) The toys that we moved upstairs are a little more special, since they are sort of out of the way. Going upstairs just to play is such a reward.
My "desk" is a kidney-shaped vanity table that I bought at my aunt's yard sale at least 15 years ago. I used it as my nightstand and it has been used as a sofa table upstairs. It's perfect for using my iPad/laptop, writing out my lesson plans or keeping a few papers that I need to file away or any of our school paperwork that needs to be sent in. I have around 15 binders of different colors and sizes that are used for organizing supplies. After two weeks, I am still putting things in their place.
I can only imagine how we may change this room as time passes. Right now, it is a fun place to learn, play and create and we are finding that it serves our homeschool well!!