Welcome to our homeschool room! We are so happy and proud to show you what our learning space looks like! It isn’t perfect, but it works very well for us. I will try my best to explain everything and if you still have questions, by all means, I’m happy to answer any questions.
We are an eclectic homeschool and always have been. We use a variety of curricula that complement each other and enhance learning for their level and their ability individually. The three main curricula we use are Classical Education, The Montessori Method and A.C.E. We are open to using unit studies and child-led learning as well.
Our Main Must-Haves
In the above picture, you can first see a close-up of Sister’s work table. You can see her wooden rainbow, her natural wood colored pencils, our electric pencil sharpener, her 3 sets of leveled readers, animal replicas basket and USA book part of a USA unit kit. You can also see her wooden boxes with pencils, colored pencils, markers and crayons. She loves having the paper rolled out on her art table and has learned to write many letters and numbers on it.
In the middle picture, you can see that we have two work tables (which we love). Sometimes, we split up so we can concentrate and other times, we work together. We love maps, so we have them on our walls, including our Little Passports map. We have two lines hanging on either end of our bay window so we can display their works of art. We also have 3 live plants of varying sizes.
The bottom pictures shows a close-up of Brother’s work table. He loves his space. He keeps all of his books and materials in a canvas bin next to his chair, on the floor. I usually sit across from him and I keep my homeschool lesson planner and other materials in a bin next to my chair. The tables holds a globe, small American and Christian flags on a stand, our timeline cards, an essential oil diffuser and an iPod player for our songs, baroque music and memory work audio.
Also, we hold scissors, essential oil bottles, glue sticks, masking tape, stapler, markers and pencils. He loves his natural wood colored pencils and his McGuffey’s readers as well as his reading log. On the other work table, we have a laptop for Rosetta Stone and our Tag portfolio with 2 Tag pens and a dozen books.
Details and Accessories
In our homeschool, everything is intentional. Since we don’t have a lot of space, we have to be very smart about how we arrange our materials. We have accessories all over the room that are beautiful and educational. They are easily accessible to be used at any given time.
We love having our Montessori geometric solids on our low window sill. We also have our see-through geometric solids as well as our DIY land, water and air jars and our see-through color wooden building blocks. Against the wall, we have our plant cell replica and our animal cell replica.
We think that our Montessori bead cabinet is not only a great addition to our homeschool, but also a beautiful divider for the work tables. By the window, do you see our color posters in seven languages? It is a free printable in another post! Find it HERE.
Our Montessori Shelves
Ah! Here are some of our Montessori shelves. As you know, Montessori materials take up a lot of room, but they are beautiful and attractive. I have put shelves to create a wall, which are actually dividing the homeschool room and the gym room. It works out great for us, especially since we need to use a larger space for two different purposes.
Because of the limited shelving space, I am not able to have separate shelves for every single subject (Math, Sensorial, Language, Geography, History, Practical Life, Fine Arts, etc), but I try my best. We have a landforms set, a map and flags set, a balance scale, a tea set, dressing frames, lacing frames, beading set, Montessori color boxes and even two matryoshkas.
We also have knobbed cylinder blocks set, Montessori geometric cabinet and Montessori puzzles (frog, tree, flower, leaf, penguin, horse, etc). I know this is just a part of what you can see in the pictures. Feel free to ask what other things are.
As you can see throughout the room, we have some maps and low-hanging art (the one above is my son’s rendition of a Jackson Pollock painting from when he was 3 years old) for easy access and beauty that captures the eye. We don’t have a lot of wall space in our homeschool room, but we make it work.
Goodness! There is so much I want to show you, but this would be a really, really long blog post! Look at our uppercase and lowercase sandpaper letters and sandpaper numbers, our wooden spelling puzzles, counting spindles, foam alphabet letters and best of all, our golden beads!
We also love our Montessori puzzle maps. You can see the puzzle map of the United States. We also have the one with the continents and the Europe puzzle map. Something else we love are miniature replicas for different lessons. We also love using our continent molds and the terracotta continents we made with them. The wooden clothes pins are simply used as a fine motor skills activity.
We like sorting and transferring beads, erasers, seashells and other small items. We have several sorting trays that make it fun and interesting. My 3-year old likes using the Montessori nuts and bolts bar and the pressure cylinders.
Book, Books and More Books!
Here is one of my favorite places in the entire homeschool room: our bookshelves. This is such a wealth of information and I love being able to use books are resources. I am trying to use Google only when it is necessary. Yes, doing things the old-fashioned way is best, most of the time.
I have split the shelves into subjects and some subjects have bins to contain hands-on materials to be used with some of the lessons. We have some miniature replicas for different things, musical instruments, puzzles and manipulatives. I am personally loving our Story of the World books and CDs as well as our World’s Greatest Artists series.
In short, I hope you captured the peace and relaxing yet inspiring and motivating feel we have in our homeschool room. We love hanging out there daily! Let me know if you are wondering what we use for certain subjects or what a particular item is in our homeschool. I’m happy to help.
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