As we enter our fourth official year of homeschooling, I'm still trying to keep it simple. I don't try to emulate what is happening in a traditional school setting, so I'm off the hook with designing bulletin boards and centers. And I am very blessed to have girls who are close enough in age to do most of our work together.
- History - Story of the World Volume 3
- Math - Singapore and Life of Fred
- Grammar - First Language Lessons Level 3
- Writing - Writing With Ease Level 3
- Science - The Story of Science by Joy Hakim
- Spelling - All About Spelling
- Music - violin lessons and daily practice
- Bible/Faith - um....the Bible and our daily practice of faith
The School Room
I definitely have a minimalist approach when it comes to setting up our learning area. In fact, prior to now, I haven't really had formal desks for my girls to sit at. We would work at the kitchen table, work on the floor, sit on the futon or use a combination of coffee tables and end tables. My husband did build our youngest a desk last year. Our oldest used the coffee table, but she is just too big to be doing that this year and I didn't want another semi-functional desk.
Last month I ran across Pam's set up and was green with envy. When I showed it to my husband, he actually liked it so we made a trip to IKEA this past weekend.
Each girl has a set of drawers on one side and a shelf on the other side. The chairs are also from IKEA, but we've had them for years. Traditional chairs were a little too short for my girls, so we snagged these from our dining room table and they use regular chairs there now (which means two corners of the extra bedroom are open now!)
I love how their violins fit on the top shelf. They are still accessible for playing whenever they want, but safely placed out of the way.
Originally I thought there would be space for me to sit, but then we got the shorter table tops. I don't know if you can tell, but each piece of this desk is separate. This makes it extremely versatile and easy to move or change around if we need to.
I have my books here where I have easy access. I'll simply pull a chair up and sit on this end when we are doing school.
Because of this new desk, I was able to get rid of a bookshelf, a coffee table, a small table and chairs, a desk and a double cart of drawers that we used to use for school. That's 5 big things out the door...and several smaller things!
I still have my homeschool cabinet in the corner, which houses some supplies, but there is a lot of space in there. I'm thinking of moving some of my violin books down so they are easily accessible for teaching violin. And I'll keep my violin on top.
And that's it! Here are a couple more shots of the room.
and now for the best part......
Like last year, I'll have a class size of 2...perfect if you ask me!
my 3rd grader
my 2nd grader