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Our 2016 Homeschool Room Tour

I confess, this is my favorite most to share with all of you. I look forward to it every single yearend I cannot wait to show you our 2016 homeschool room tour! Come and take a look and share in comments what you got inspired by!

Our 2016 Homeschool Room Tour

Our 2016 Homeschool Room Tour

I know that the best way to go about a beautiful blog post is to aesthetically show big, single pictures, to showcase a thing or two, but I decided to go with collages because there is so much I want you to see. I’m sorry if the pictures look cluttered. I am linking to a bunch of stuff so you can get a better explanation of what everything is, without making this blog post SUPER long.

First, let me show you the entrance. There is no door. When my youngest was little, I was nervous about having the homeschool room (it used to be our playroom) there because she could crawl or wobble in there and get into all kinds of trouble. But honestly, I never had an issue with that! I told both of them that they could go in there only when I was there (when we were going to homeschool) because it isn’t a playroom and they never went in. Now, I let them go there and do what they like, so long as they clean up afterward.

If you compare our past homeschool room tours, you will see less Montessori materials. It’s not because we don’t love them; it is simply because both have mastered the materials and we are phasing them out to make room for other materials as they grow. We still have our bead cabinet to practice skip counting and multiplication, our binomial cube and trinomial cube and all of our parts of speech work as well as other materials like our awesome continent puzzle map cabinet. My Montessori binders are in the drawer underneath the map cabinet.Our 2016 Homeschool Room Tour

 Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child Wooden Montessori Mystery Bag Geometry Blocks Set Educational Cognitive Toys 10pcs/set Multicraft Imports 5-Piece Paintable Wooden Trays with Handles, 6-5/8 by 13-Inch to 10-1/8 by 16-1/8-Inch Montessori Small Movable Alphabets w/ Box Montessori World Map, Flags and Stand

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Homeschool Room: Wall 1

Next, I want to show you our main all. It houses both the tables we have in the homeschool room. One is where we do all of the homeschool work. My husband and I made it ourselves. It is basically a large piece of sanded and varnished wood that sits on two low shelves. I wanted to have storage and a table, so we had to make out own! It is awesome!

The other table is for free time and they can use it anytime that we aren’t homeschooling. There, they color, draw, play with hands-on materials and such. Out art table is amazing! It comes with a giant roll of paper that feeds into the openings so my children can draw directly on the table and when they run out of room, I simply pull out more paper. It also doubles as a table protector for when we are painting.

The art table also comes attached to a shelf on one side. I love the storage it gives us! There, we have coloring materials and the Montessori metal insets for tracing. On the wall, we keep it simple and practical. We only have maps of the continents and a mirror. I keep dry erase materials in one bin for them to use and all the painting materials in another bin.

Our 2016 Homeschool Room Tour

 Guidecraft Kids Deluxe Art Center Safari Ltd Wild Safari North American Wildlife TOOB Montessori Metal Insets with 2 Stands Meet the Sight Words – Level 1 – Easy Reader Books (boxed set of 12 books) Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare (Clothbound Story Collections)

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Homeschool Room: Wall 2

This is my favorite wall, even though it is narrow. It houses a bay window that lets in a lot of light and low shelves. On the shelves, we have a mix of things, but mostly, we have our reference books and Literature books as well as our Science books and Science curriculum. We also have lots of hands-on materials, Montessori works and even our hermit crabs (in the cream bin in the middle).

I keep our anatomy model out, as well as our awesome microscope, our animal and plant cell 3D models and our binoculars and magnifying glasses. We also have a labeled globe, a 3D model of the Big Ben, a tornado maker, all of our 3-part cards and our beloved Toobs go in the mason jars.

All the way across for the bay window, I have a string attached to either wall and that is where I use clothespins to display some of their work. We also have out amazing 3D human skeleton. Gotta love that guy! We should really give him a name. 😉 And we also have a hook on the lower pat of the wall so they can hang their Scientist robes (they wear them for Science class and the goggles when we make experiments).

Our 2016 Homeschool Room Tour

Numerous Storage Areas

As you can see, this isn’t a huge room, so I maximize storage by using the large shelf on one wall, several low shelves and the entryway closet is storage for our art materials, Bible materials and some of our languages curricula, too. Look below. We use low shelves to make a table. I love having so much storage instead of just table legs.

On the table, we have 3 items that require electricity. They are used daily. One is an iPad. We use it solely for our Classical Conversations app. We love practicing our Memory Work with the iPad. The second item is an essential oil diffuser. We have it on every time we are in session. We love diffusing Brain Power, Clarity or White Fir the best.

The third item is an iPhone/iPod player. After we are done with our Memory work, I immediately play our Star-Spangled Banner and then, I play either Classical music or Baroque music low, to have smart music playing in the background while we work. On the wall, we simply have a beautiful labeled world map from Little Passports. We use it often and love it.

Our 2016 Homeschool Room Tour

More on Storage

We also use the large shelf for many of our Montessori materials and up higher, I place materials that are for me or that we don’t use on a regular basis. If you look at the picture above, you can see a cloth hanging set of pouches. There, I use a pouch for each of our language materials. We are learning Spanish and Latin the most. We are also introducing French, Greek, Hebrew and Madarin Chinese.

Look at the picture below. You can see a higher view of our homeschool room. It isn’t huge, but I love having the 5×7′ rug there because we do most of our Montessori work there, as well as most of our reading and our Science lessons. I know that it is hard to let go of things, but as my children grow, I constantly have to assess what we have and if they have mastered the material. It is good to minimize and purge.

In Conclusion…

My work here isn’t done. I don’t feel satisfied, per se, with how it looks, but it certainly is better than it was before and it is definitely more functional, now that our table is bigger. My son is doing more independent work, so he sits on the chair to the right of the table and Sister and I sit together on the bench to the left of the table. She and I are working on learning to read and spelling and such, so I like to keep her close to me.

On my side of the bench (by the wall), I have 2 bins where I keep my planner and materials/books I use regularly. They are easily accessible and at the same time, out of the way because they don’t take up room on the table. The bench also has the seat that opens up for more storage. There, I keep materials that are seasonal or too advanced still for them to use.

Our 2016 Homeschool Room Tour

Thank you!

Thank you for visiting Our 2016 Homeschool Room Tour blog post! I hope you enjoyed it and were inspired (on what to do or what not to do, hehe). You will also enjoy reading our past homeschool room tours!

Our 2015 Homeschool Room Tour

Homeschool Room Tour 2014

What to do today… Our Typical Homeschool Day Schedule

The Realities of Homeschool Room Organization

Our 2016 Homeschool Room Tour

5 Ways to Have a Peaceful Homeschool Room | Natural Beach Living

How to Prepare a Montessori Home Environment for Afterschooling | Living Montessori Now

Montessori Homeschool Organization | Mama’s Happy Hive

Evolution of Our Homeschool Classroom | The Kavanaugh Report

Montessori Shelves Organization for Small Spaces | The Pinay Homeschooler

Little Fish, BIG EMOTIONS | Every Star is Different

Start Your Homeschool Off Right  | Christian Montessori Network

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Our 2016 Homeschool Room Tour

40+ Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids {for Home or for Homeschool Co-op}

5 Decisions to Make before Teaching Montessori at Home {Printable Sensitive Periods Chart}

5 Keys to Successfully Teaching Montessori at Home
10 Christmas Carols Free Printable Pack
10 Christmas Carols FREE Printable Pack
10 of the Most Popular Christmas Books in Our Home
Most Popular Christmas Books in our Home

2 Fun Pumpkin Crafts for Tots and Preschoolers

Our 2016 Homeschool Room Tour

Comments

  1. I have grand aspirations of nice learning spaces in our house. I’m not quite there yet, but seeing your space gives me some great ideas! 🙂

  2. Beautiful! So much learning packed into one space. We have created learning areas for our family too, building what we need. Thanks for sharing!

  3. There so many things that I like in this room! To name a few, your flags, toys in the jar (I love how you did this!) and the Montessori materials! I believe this is such a busy room full of learning during homeschool days! Your kids will never get enough of those learning materials!

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