Monday, August 9, 2010
What does your workspace look like?
When we decided to homeschool our children, my husband and I agreed that we needed a specific place to do it, or the books, projects and papers would take over the entire house. (Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Keep reading...)
So, we fixed up an underused area in our basement and called it our "classroom." Here is where the kids do a lot of their work...
However, the tables are NEVER that clean! Here is our "library."
And this is the "teacher's desk," although I tend to do most of my planning and record-keeping at our kitchen table, which, frankly, is more pleasant than this corner of the basement.
It's great to have a space just for homeschooling, but we don't spend ALL our time there. In spite of our (naive) plans to keep homeschooling from taking over the whole house, we discovered that frequently changing venues really helps keep the kids' attention. If their interest is waning, I know it's time to take a quick break and transition to a new activity and location.
We almost always start school at the kitchen table because it's just so nice to read and discuss things over breakfast. Then we might move to the sofa in the family room to finish reading and maybe watch a BrainPop movie... Then, if the weather is nice, the kids might take their math to the front porch... On cold, blustery winter mornings, we have been known to stay in bed and read. And when our kitchen and basement flooded earlier this year (see previous post), we did school stuff everywhere from the library to IHOP!
I have to chuckle when I think of worrying about letting homeschooling "take over our whole house." Experience has taught me that homeschooling is a lifestyle--not only does it take over your house, it takes over your whole life! And why shouldn't it? Learning isn't limited to one time or place--it happens over an entire lifetime, and it happens everywhere we go.