Oh. So it turns out (when you actually read the instructions) that this week's Not Back To School BlogHop theme is meant to be Our Learning Space. I just took a billion photos of our day yesterday and drove my family (and a few other people) mad recording a Day in Our Life! Stuff it - you get to see yesterday next week - you just have to wait. And meanwhile have a look at our learning space(s).
We don't do "school at home" and we also don't have a fully-equipped classroom either. Mostly we homeschool at our dining table (which is consequently usually covered in homeschool
crap work every evening when we try to have dinner). I clean it up on a Saturday when I (try to) clean up the rest of the house.
|Obviously taken on a Saturday afternoon...|
It bothers me that the back "corner" is so stuffed full of "stuff". There is a whole bunch of "stuff" that needs to be eBayed...just another job on the never-ending list! I'd rather be blogging (obviously).
There is the bookcase - it gets 'cleaned out' periodically, but basically contains any resources for homeschooling that are relevant this term, my books I use for any tutoring that I do (maths and chemistry mostly) and also "my" novels (Twilight, anyone?) and my scrapbooked photos (I used to do lots of scrapbooking).
Behind the dining table is the sideboard and my homeschooling "cupboard". The cupboard is the repository of all our "work" - maths exercise books, writing exercise books, lapbooks, projects (electronics, clay etc) and other assorted
crap resources that have no other home. The top of the cupboard is where I dump file paperwork coming in and store paper for the printer.
The sideboard is a constant battle to keep clear. It is home to my new wireless! printer (no more USB cables to trip over). It is also the home of the
junk drawer resources drawer (you know you have one too!).
When we first decided to homeschool, Hubby wanted me to do our "work" downstairs, in the rumpus - which is the room you walk into when you open the front door. I obviously won that battle...(because I didn't want our mess visible as you walk in).
|Also taken on a Saturday afternoon (you should have seen it in the morning)|
It is home of the 2nd TV (where the kids play computer games), Wombat Girl's keyboard, more bookcases (we are going to put up a whole bunch of shelves which should tidy that left-hand side up a lot), the telescope and my exercise bike (which gets used when it's too wet to run or I've hurt myself and can't run).
There is another computer desk down there, but it's not very stable and is a nightmare at the moment. It is where we will put Video Boy's new computer (if Hubby ever gets around to buying the components to build it).
|(See all my degrees on the top???? The trophies are Hubby's - Wombat Girl |
went to the shed, fished them out and put them there so Hubby wouldn't feel left out)
Of course we do our learning all over the place:
|Playing games, watching videos, reading and |
listening to music in the loungeroom (which also has our world map
and periodic table posters on the wall)
|Science and cooking and all things messy in the kitchen ...|
|...which also has the whiteboard, which we use to keep track of |
weekly commitments and do the odd bit of science or binary
|Beds are for reading!|
|Backyard for swimming, jumping, swinging, playing, exploring|
|The local beach is a wonderful place for learning about coastal |
environments, making sun dials or just burning off some energy
|We love our local council indoor pool - it's warm!|
All in all, we don't live in a palace and we don't lock the kids in the cupboard under the stairs (very often)! But our house is full of books, learning opportunities and LOVE (lots of love) and we live in a pretty nice part of the world. And that's what makes homeschooling such a great option :-)
OK, so NEXT week, pop back for the uber-mega-huge post on a Day In Our Life!!