My family has been homeschooling for about 10 years now. At the beginning of our homeschool journey, I set up a more “formal” classroom. After two years of this, I realized that we were really learning everywhere and that a “classroom” didn’t exactly fit our needs.
(Our current office/homeschool room.)
However, we moved a little over one year ago, and our new home had an office complete with many built in bookcases. It has been our catch all room for awhile, but after seeing so many inspiring homeschool rooms across the web I decided to decorate our office with homeschooling in mind! We also plan on using it as a downstairs playroom for the little kids. This room will most likely only be used for seatwork (handwriting, math, spelling, etc.) for my elementary kids, and independent work for my bigger kiddos. I plan on using the chalkboard to write out daily tasks for each child. My 8th and 9th grader use the computer for their Algebra I Teaching Textbook work. Otherwise, you will find us on the couch, on the porch, in the kitchen, etc.
I picked up all of the pictured bins/baskets at Dollar Tree. I’m not sure how long these will stay organized, but I love the bright color scheme.
These inspirational quotes are from the School Box. I had them laminated in store ($0.60 per foot). I’ve come to realize that the cost is worth it, I’ve had some of my posters for 10 years now!
We had a good space for a chalkboard already trimmed out, so my husband simply painted it with chalkboard paint. This is where I plan on writing independent work assignments. I strung a bit of twine along the top and found a six-pack of (sparkly) blue clothespins at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 in the Party section! I hung some artwork up in this area, and plan to change it out every few weeks. I also hung a clock and an “In Our Classroom” printable.
This year we are using Apologia’s Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day for our science curriculum. I made this poster with things found at The School Box. I also found two packs of large sea animal posters about Days of the Week, Colors, etc. at Dollar Tree. This computer workstation is where my older girls complete their Algebra I Teaching Textbook work and where I blog. I’ve had this computer desk for almost 15 years, and I hope to upgrade to an L-shaped desk before too long.
These are some of our other posters. The walls are cluttered, and I know that some people do not care for that. We do not have too much wall space to work with since we have bookshelves lining two walls, so I fit in as much information as I could! We are using My Father’s World this year (which so far we LOVE!), and I had to include a world map and a John 3:16 poster since we are studying Countries and Cultures this year. My high schooler is completing their Ancient History and Literature curriculum. I love that it is a mix of Charlotte Mason and Classical education with a solid Christian emphasis.
Another view of the posters…and our parakeet who resides here as well! I wrote each of our children’s names and grade level on a star on the wall. Our one year old and baby that is due in September got a star too.
I’m so sorry for the glare in some of these pictures! I made the valances with fabric purchased at Hobby Lobby. There is also a 12-inch blue butterfly in each window that you can’t really see. The girls love these!
Overall, I really liked the way that our room turned out. Believe me, it will be a complete mess of books, paper, and artwork before long. But that’s life and homeschooling!
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