Names: Siblings, ages 6 & 2
When we were blessed with a room we could use just for the purpose of homeschooling, I decided I wanted it to be bright and cheerful - a fun place for learning! I also wanted it to be a calm, uncluttered room so as not to be distracting for the children while they worked. It was a challenge but after quite a bit of planning, I found a way to make it work for us!
The inspiration for the colors came from the fabric I chose for the workbox pocket charts I made. I created the supply labels, workbox numbers, and Morning Meeting Spot labels to go along with the color scheme (see the link to these at the bottom of this post).
I wanted to personalize the space for my "littles" and encourage ownership as well. I did this by adding little touches like using the children's handprints for the alphabet cards (in the Morning Meeting Spot), letting the kids illustrate the weather cards (also in the Morning Meeting Spot), using favorite colors for their spaces and items, etc.
The "Reading Spot" was a fun highlight of the room. I wanted an area where I could change out the "leaves" on the tree as we moved through the seasons AND a fun place for the kids to settle down with pillows and books (have you ever kicked off your shoes and enjoyed reading a book in the shade of a tree?). However, I needed a spot for books as well, so I came up with the idea of using an IKEA spice rack (painted red) to look like a "tree swing" while doubling as a shelf.
Speaking of IKEA, they played a pretty important role in our entire set up - the majority of the shelving, cabinets, and furniture came from a store we visited (I love the prices!). Because of the limited space in our small room, I turned two of the large side cabinets into "lockers" (according to one of my children). These are where each child's workboxes and majority of books and supplies are located. At the end of the day, we can close the cabinets and the room still looks nice and neat. The outside of each cabinet also contains foam board (painted green) where each child can post great work!
So there you have it - our homeschool room in a nutshell.
- Supply Labels, workbox numbers (the colors I used and other colors as well), Morning Meeting Spot labels: Teachers Pay Teachers
- Desks, chairs, cabinets, spice rack shelves, etc.: IKEA
- Fancy frames: Michael's
Thanks Michelle! Readers, see more of this homeschooling space on Michelle's blog The Nature of Grace.
(Images: The Nature of Grace)