I actually participated in a similar meme once before, showing primarily our newly renovated kitchen – which resulted in a much more efficient use of our space. Presently, we live in what is considered by today’s standards, a “small space”. One thousand square feet to be exact – three bedrooms and one bathroom for a family of four. The childhood home I grew up in was a much bigger space, so my present home environment does at times feel very much on the small side. However; homeschooling is a lifestyle that often forces us to make sacrifices – leaving us to rent out the remaining one thousand square feet (that exists as our walk out basement) as a two bedroom suite.
Which brings me back to the topic of this post “Where do you homeschool?” – the answer to this would be anywhere we have good lighting and a place to sit our bottoms. Primarily, yes – it is at the kitchen table which is large, pretty, and virtually indestructible. Usually the words pretty and indestructible don’t exist in the same sentence, but being an interior designer turned homeschooler, who happens to be married to a very capable tilesetter/carpenter has it’s advantages. The table is booth style – the seat backs are covered in designer fabric – the seats, in a washable black vinyl. The table top is travertine tile, the edges aluminum, and the flooring is cork. These surfaces make up for the pretty – but they are also tough, durable and naturally stain resistant. And let me tell you – they need to be tough, ‘cuz this home environment puts on a lot of ‘living’ mileage every single day!
We also make good use of our comfy couch which is the coveted favorite reading spot of many who live here. Even though we haven’t had cable television in 14 years, the big screen tv (not shown) is a wonderful venue to take in a biography, documentary, or family movie together. National Geographic really comes alive on this thing! If you look closely you will find other favorite reading spots around here. The girls each have their own bedroom, and with a little help from Ikea and some elbow grease, their rooms have turned into their own special places to play, read and learn.
My oldest daughter has a loft style bed with a desk underneath, providing her with a place to write, draw and create. Later on, this will be a prime spot for a laptop computer – even though she is only eleven, she has taken a preference to using the computer to write her stories, learning keyboarding skills and word precessing at the same time.
We have tried to create a reading environment around each child’s bed as well, complete with task lighting, and shelves nearby for books – encouraging reading before bed. My youngest daughter has a neat little reading retreat on her bottom bunk. This is her favorite place to read. Her books are stored in her Trofast storage system from Ikea – along with everything else this child is into. This system was an answer to my spacesaving prayers!
My latest and happiest purchase (also from Ikea) has been the new bookshelves. In the past we’ve lived with make shift bookshelves that never matched and always seemed to be eternally messy. These new book shelves are seven feet tall and take up the only available wall space in our living room. Books are everywhere in this house, and you can find them in every single room – kitchen, living room, all three bedrooms, and yes, even the bathroom!
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our “homeschool environment” – so tell me, where do YOU homeschool?