When we first looked at this house, I was thrilled to see that there were four main rooms downstairs- a kitchen, living room, dining room and a fourth room- directly across from the kitchen and carpeted. Sam was only two years old at the time, but we already knew we wanted to homeschool him and any children that followed. This room became our play room, then school room.
Jamey built this book shelf for me two years ago out of the old wood from the floor of our smokehouse. It holds all our school books. In the three left cabinet doors are all the kids' toys (except for some in their rooms) and in the cabinet on the right (which is under lock and key), our craft supplies (glue, paint, etc.). Stuff the kids are not supposed to get into to.
To the left of the school shelves, is the school table and love seat. The love seat is for read-alouds.
To the left of the couch, is the doorway into our living room and to the left of that are these shelves containing picture books with games in the cabinet below. This shelf also holds Sam's Human Torso (up on top) - an awesome gift he received from his aunt last Christmas.
To the left of the Human Torso-holding shelves is the doorway into our mudroom and beyond that is the kitchen. The other door you see leads into the laundry room.
This year, Sam and Sadie each have some sort of container to hold all their school books. I like this because it means we can lift the containers up at the end of the school day and store them on the school shelves, leaving a cleared table for play dough, legos, etc.
Also, each child has their own silverware basket. Not for snack time, but to hold their own supplies. This cuts down on squabbling over who is not letting who use what when. It holds their pencils, colored pencils, markers, scissors, glue stick, etc. These are Sam's (above).
And, these are Sadie's.
These are Sam's kindergarten and first grade pictures. For the past two years, we have framed some things from Sam's school year (at the end of the year) to help him remember what he learned and to display some of his work. In kindergarten, each week he made a little badge with a saying on it- these are displayed (on the left) around a self-portrait he made. Last year, we read a lot of Bible stories- these are the pictures that were part of his time line, again surrounding a self-portrait and a Bible verse he copied. Notice the progression in self-portaits?
We won't have enough room for one of these for each child each year in the school room, so later this year, they will move to the wall beside the staircase where there is tons of room. These glass frames came from Ikea.
So, there you have it. Mornings, Tuesday through Friday, this is where we are:-).