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Subject: Do you have a homeschooling "space"?
Date Posted: 9/24/2007 9:30 AM ET
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So I have a big old victorian house.... really it's huge... around 3000 sq feet.  I can't find room for my hs stuff! LOL!  right now I have stuff all over the dining area and it's getting insane. I think I will have to take down our guest bed, put in a table, and clear off a big bookshelf I have to make room to store and organize all our hs materials.  So how do you organize all your stuff for hs?  Do you have a school space or do you use the kitchen table, living room sofa etc.?

 

Edie

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 9:38 AM ET
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We have a tall bookcase in our office area for all our homeschooling "stuff" but we actually do the work wherever the mood strikes my son.  Most of the time it's in the family room or the living room.  Sometimes on the kitchen counter while I'm cleaning or cooking.  You never know with him.  :)

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 10:03 AM ET
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My breakfast nook. I have my weather spinny, our calendar, poetry and and bookshelf there. We do our written work there at the table. Everyhting else varies. Today, for example, we will be doing our readings and nature study at the zoo. We sprawl out in bed, on the floor, in the yard...wherever seems the best place at the time.

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 12:21 PM ET
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We moved to a much larger home last year, and when searching for houses, I made sure that there was a dedicated HS'ing area.  The Lord blessed us and we were able to go from 1100 sq ft. to a little over 5000.  At our old home, we squeezed a large office desk into the living room, used the LR coat closet for extra storage, and had rolling carts in all the nooks in the kitchen.  I had to boot out all of my books in the LR bookcase to make way for HS stuff.

But now, thankfully, we have a huge room for school, another for a library/billiard room, and a huge closet to store materials.  I can finally hang up lots of posters, a timeline, art done by my son, etc.  I love it!  We have two large desks side-by-side with a "bridge" between them where our shared printer & scanner sit.  We also have a Desk Apprentice storage system (only available at Staples) on there.

So I've been at both extremes!  Our schoolroom in the new house is in our walkout basement, but it doesn't feel like a basement b/c a huge sliding glass door and window are right by our desks - the door walks out to our garden area and we have a great view of the wildlife...which distracts both DS and me. ;-)

I love having a place for everything!  I did have to purge our library twice since the move - and thus why I joined PBS!  :-)

JCC

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 1:13 PM ET
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WOW, JCC, you are definitely blessed!  (I know it's wrong to envy someone, but right now, I'm coming close to it....)  :)

We do have a dedicated space where our stuff goes...in our office.  We're hoping to have it all downstairs in teh basement sometime in the next few months, but for now it is here.  We have many bookshelves and a couple areas where I can hang posters.  The boys each have a school desk (they both work better doing this..we've tried other methods) and they are right beside my desk chair so I can do computer work while they work.....then I jsut have to turn if they need my help. 

We do have things scattered around the house...we read in the living room, do art on teh table, etc.  But for the most part it's all done in here.

 

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 1:25 PM ET
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We were not using our formal dining area so I turned it into our school room.  It is large and holds 4 bookcases, a school table, a computer desk, and a loveseat.  It is so nice having a room!  The only down side is that it only has 3 walls and is open to the entry so it is the first room you see when you come in.  We keep it pretty clean though! 

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 3:43 PM ET
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We had a buffet cabinet for our china and decided that we used homeschool stuff more often than our china, so I boxed up the china and filled it with our homeschooling materials!  We usually just work at the breakfast table when we are doing formal schoolwork.

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 3:50 PM ET
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My girls thought bunk beds would be cool so we are moving them into one room together. The other bedroom is being turned into a "classroom"

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 6:10 PM ET
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~I still think the kitchen table works best to work with the children.

meowysmiles

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 8:25 PM ET
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I have one son 10.  We did have a seperate room, which I used as my office as well.  But we decided to repurpose some of our rooms and we made our old classroom ds' new playroom/living room and we moved our classroom into our seldom used dining room.  We have a large dining room and part of it is set up with a computer desk and a couple of bookcases.  It has worked out great for us. 

I have some pictures on my blog at www.homeschoolblogger.com/arewethereyet .

 

Date Posted: 9/25/2007 8:00 PM ET
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I have all of our school books on a shelf in our computer room.  He has a old (lift top) school desk in there too.  We tend to do most of our work on the dining room table though, as that is closer to the wood stove - nice and cozy during the winter months.

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:57 AM ET
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We have an extra room we use as the schoolroom. It has the desks, bookshelves, and computer.

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 3:32 PM ET
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We have a small house, but we turned our spare bedroom into a school room.

We've got bookcases, utility shelf for science supplies, a whiteboard, and a utility table with chairs in there. 

My son responds well to posters and the whiteboard is a must have for math.  The table, being just a regular old utility table, is sturdy but I don't have to worry about art messing it up.

It has been very good for us to have our classroom.  My son helped design it and often will go in there on his own to play with legos in the floor, do somework at the table, or just read.