Having a room where we could do school exclusively and keep all of our books and supplies has long been a dream of mine.
Over the years, I’ve had it a few times. When we first began homeschooling, we had a table and chairs set up in our family room in the daylight basement, one large cabinet to contain everything, and a map on the wall. That was pushing it with my husband, but he humored me.
You see, the Man does not like having our house look like a school. He has an extreme disdain for the look of bookshelves.
Bookshelves! I know, right!?
I so love bookshelves. But that’s why I bought a cabinet with two doors on it, so that the books and everything else would be hidden away. Our old KONOS timeline was 12 feet long but folded away and stored behind the couch when we weren’t using it.
We’ve moved twice since that first year we started homeschooling.
In our second house, I attempted the same setup in the basement family room. The trouble was that this basement was a true basement. No windows. It felt like a cave. We ended up doing school upstairs at the kitchen table 90% of the time. We still kept everything down in the ‘school area’, but I just couldn’t be a cave dweller.
That was the house where I first put the map on the dining table.
Then we moved again, ten years ago, into our current home. This is the home where our kids have grown up. A few years ago I attempted, yet again, to create a school room in the basement family room.
I tried, but I simply cannot be a cave dweller.
Windowless basements and I just are not friends. I can’t do it. That room is still set up with my bookshelves and a table (covered with stuff) but we never, ever use it. In fact, I rarely go down there. We now have a world map and US map on our dining room table.
These are now kept in their bedrooms. It’s a risk (what do you mean, you can’t find your math book?!) but it works. This year I am also going to attempt an inbox, where they can drop in the work that they finish so I can correct it.
So here we are, 15 years later, still doing school at the kitchen table. And the computer. And the desks in their bedrooms. And the couch. And the patio table. And where ever. It works just fine. 🙂
I still dream about having a defined homeschool room but I know it’ll never happen.