Sunday, August 12, 2012

To Be or Not to Be {in a chair} ~ Our Homeschool Space


When we first began this homeschool adventure, I envisioned my daughters dressed in calico pinafores and my boys in ribbon ties, perched primly on wooden benches in our school room as they read from McGuffey’s Readers and studiously pored over their hornbooks. We would stand and recite the Gettysburg Address and religiously memorize together Scripture that I had calligraphied onto pretty paper that I had framed and hung on the wall. (Is “calligraphied” a word? Maybe I should write a spelling curriculum….)

Yeah, that never happened.


And now that we’re eight years into it, I finally (I think!) realize that a dedicated school room isn’t necessary for our family to have a productive and fulfilling homeschool. (Although we do memorize Scripture.)

We usually begin at the dining room table for bookwork.

Getting the day going -- and they're even dressed!
Eventually, the children migrate to the couches for reading. Phonics with the six-year-old doubles as cuddle-time on the sofa.

Benjamin needs to block out the distractions sometimes.
Sometimes school is in the kitchen. 

Counting one-two-three-four.
Sometimes school is out-and-about.

Completing the corn maze and learning about apples at a local orchard.

Our family with Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis / The Creation Museum.

Up close and personal at the Zoo.

In the end, it’s not about your bottom. It’s about your top! J









Where do you “do school”?




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  4. I homeschool also and I understand what ya meant and giggled when you said that first part! LOL
    You have a wonderful blog and wonderful family! Thanks & stopping by form True Aims Blog Hop

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    1. Isn't it funny the completely unrealistic pictures we get in our heads? Thanks so much for commenting!

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  5. We also school all over the place since LIFE is a SCHOOL :) Loved seeing the Creation Museum photo. We were able to take a field trip there as well as LOVED it! That is the beauty of homeschool… We flew for 8 hours on a plane to Kentucky for the weekend and get to call it a field trip! Have a wonderful week ~ JES

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    1. We are blessed to live about an hour and a half away, so we have a five-year membership and go quite frequently. It isn't often we see Ken Ham there, though. That photo is from our last trip there earlier this summer when he spoke and then did a signing in the bookstore.

      Flying on a plane would be field trip enough for our children! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  6. Great post thanks for sharing on the NOBH

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  7. My two brothers and I managed to take up the whole of a 6ft table for our school work, in a room that was also, sewing/laundry/craft room!

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    1. It's amazing how the materials just multiply, but we continue to find room! So glad you stopped by.

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  8. After homeschooling now for 17 yrs, I simply cannot contain all of our materials in one location. There are bookcases in every single room, and garage, in our house - except the bathrooms. I'm enjoying looking in at everyone's spaces and it's refreshing to see another blogger's daughters with long hair and skirts :D

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    1. The books are definitely fruitful and multiplying when you homeschool! Thanks so much for your encouraging words, Adena. Hope to see you again.

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  9. What are the headphones. I am in the market for some noise cancelling headphones for my 12 yo boy. Thanks.

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    1. I found those at Wal-Mart in the sporting goods section. They are shooting range ear muffs.

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