Entry No. 12

IMG_0496This is our schoolroom.  When we moved into our home, nearly two years ago, the attic had been newly finished.  Before that, it had a near one hundred-year-old coal stove at its center.  It went out through the roof.  The belly of the stove was four floors down in the basement and the entire house was heated from there.  Our home as a whole is just shy of 100 years old.  It’s been refinished on the inside, though the original floors and front windows remain.  At any rate, we decided the attic would be perfect for a schoolroom. So, when people ask my oldest daughter why she’s not in school, if we’re out one day during school hours, she tells them, ‘oh, I go to attic school.’  Always a conversation starter, believe me.  It’s become our thing, calling it attic school.  Catchy, right?

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Anyway, here’s how our room is set up.  I did my best with snapping a panoramic photo but am still no pro. The first photo was taken from the window {where I change out seasonal decor}.  The second was taken from the reading tree area {just click to enlarge}.   I visited the teachers stores locally, all of them, and collected things from Gordman’s, Khole’s, Dollar Tree,  Hobby Lobby, Target, Amazon and Walmart as well.  I should mention, I collected for about two years.  The shelves were from Walmart, the cubby and chairs from a garage sale, the table was free.  We used the complete Horizons program for our Preschool curriculum along with the Alphatales book set from Scholastic.  When we were starting the room, I couldn’t really find many photos of homeschool rooms, how they were set up, for an entire room.  Most were nooks and cozy spaces all throughout a home.  I plan to do that as my girls get bigger, but at the time, needed a complete room set-up.  I haven’t been to a preschool in thirty-five years so, I really just winged it.

IMG_0546 I wanted to share these photos for others starting out who feel a little lost in this area as, getting started really is the hardest part. {Yes, I did cover the a/c vents and wall light before the first day!} I’d tell anyone to get a fully planned curriculum the first time too – unless you’ve had experience building your own.  Our preschool year was wonderful and the attic is closed now for the summer.  We literally ‘went to school’ each day, it was nice making it a separate experience from our day-to-day.   I will gladly answer any resource questions about things in the photos and have close-ups of different areas available for posting as well.  Just check back in the comments.  I usually reply there.

Entry No. 8

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Homeschooling has been a wonderful journey for us as a family and, this year, my oldest daughter will begin Kindergarten.  She’s finished with Preschool and did so very well.  We all did.  She’s begun learning to read; she loves it.  She’s also passionate about Bible stories.  {sigh} Could a Jesus-loving Mom ask for more?  So, these were added to her curriculum/our school library for the coming year.  It was a splurge as, these books are out of print and her full curriculum was already planned.  The complete ‘Alice in Bibleland’ set includes twenty-eight books sweetly reminiscent of Little Golden Books in size and shape.  I first saw one of these books in a doctor’s office several years ago and was immediately captivated with the illustrations.    Since, I’ve wanted them for my girls.  It was finally time!