Wondering what our homeschool room looks like? Here’s a sneak peek for you to see!
Our Classically Charlotte Homeschool Room
Welcome to our homeschool room tour! First, I have to tell you that we only have a 3 bedroom house. I put the boys into one room so I could have a school/playroom. The plan was to keep the house from looking like a toy store exploded. I’ll let all you veteran moms with older kiddos make your own conclusion as to whether or not that worked.
Here is the door to our wonderful world of learning! Our table is actually not together. We have tried out this method and like it, so Daddy is going to build us slightly higher cubbie boxes with a middle shelf for each side then secure our table top. I love having smaller chairs to fit the boys right now. I’m sure as they grow, we will need a different arrangement, but for now, this is a wonderful way for us to homeschool!
Another view of our Homeschool Room
Here you can see our fish tanks. We began with Fish, the lonely beta. Then on an impulse got a 10-gallon tank, since Mr. T wanted to learn more about fish. Guppies have live fry, they don’t lay eggs, so that’s also what we got. We now have 1 adult guppy, 1 algae sucker fish, and about 12 fry after going through 2 mamas, 1 of which was really carnivorous, if you know what I’m saying. You can also see Mr. F’s cubbies. His daily fun includes lots of Melissa and Doug.
- Tool Box
- Puzzle Cars
- Lacing Toys
- Chunky Puzzles
- Shape Sorter Clock
- Whittle World
- Stable and Horses
- Beginner Pattern Blocks
Now, this is a lot of stuff, but he’s really active. And has to have lots of things with which to play so I can get learning time in with Mr. T. He also gets to listen to read alouds, facts, and let’s not forget snack time. All 14 of them every day!
This side is Mr. T’s . We have fun reinforcing activities here for him, some of which we also use for speech practice. Our current Nature Shelf materials are here, along with our fun Squishy Human Body.
- Kumon Workbooks
- WordWorld workbooks
- Pattern Blocks
- See and Spell boards
- 3 Part Cards from Montessori Print Shop
- ABC and Number puzzles
- Lightening McQueen basket full of finger puppets for story time
- Musical instruments- Deluxe Band in a Box
- Foam Letter Puzzle Mat
- Turtle Life Cycle and Book
- Butterfly Lifecycle and Lifecycle Cards from Montessori Print Shop
- GeoSafari Globe
- Magic School Bus Human Body Kit life-size poster
So many nooks and crannies in our homeschool room
The Squishy Human Body in action. If you need a laugh, check out my Instagram video of Mr. T playing with the pieces!
Our beloved Pinterest Homeschool Room board inspired reading nook. Did I mention how talented my hubby is? He built this into the closet, wired the dimmable light, made the shelves and seating, then let me paint and decorate.
Both boys love to sit in here and play or read. Sometimes Mr. T takes the iPad in here to play his speech or ABC apps and sneak away from Mr. F for a bit. And sometimes I sneak in here to read after the boys are asleep. It’s quite cozy! I try to keep relevant books to our current studies in there. It holds 6 between the 3 shelves, so that give the boys lots to look at.
Because let’s be real, here’s the closet 🙂 Where I try to stay semi-organized with all our supplies, printer, laminator, great buys I found that we can’t use for at least another year or two, etc. I really did just clean all this out not too long ago. And it’s relatively organized. Really.
Learning Spaces on Every Wall in Our Homeschool Room
And now for the other side of the room. Here’s our wonderful wall of learning! Our fun little Target dollar bin calendar we remember to change sometimes, our clock, our Little Passports Map, We Choose Virtues posters (we LOVE WCV character training/building program!), and our super awesome magnet board and magnets. Daddy made the whiteboard for me so it fits just right, and both it and the magnet board are attached with Command Strips. Those things are no joke! Mr. F has climbed, with his toes, onto the magnet board and it held!
Here is our artist study, bible verse, and memory cards board. We love the ABC Bible verse printable we found at I Can Teach My Child. We laminated them almost 2 years ago and still use them! The Giotto piece you see is from an amazing Artist Study Pack from Simply Charlotte Mason. I love the CM method of viewing great art daily. And learning about the artists is incredible for me.
The Memory Flashcards for Classical Conversations match up with CandyLand board game colors, just in case you were wondering 🙂
Reading and listening shelving in the homeschool room
Here are our read-aloud and listening shelf. And our Spa Room Diffuser. I love that thing! Our Maestro Classics CD collection is small but growing. They are wonderfully narrated and such fun for learning great music without the dryness that often accompanies classical pieces when they are “taught”. Mr. T LOVES Mike Mulligan!
Our read aloud shelf contains for the next couple of months:
- Basil of Baker Street (it’s similar to the Great Mouse Detective story, which was based on this book)
- Charlotte’s Web
- A Child’s Garden of Verse
- Dr. Doolittle Stories
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle
- Mr. Poppers Penguins
Mr. T is growing up too fast. I’m beginning to see the student emerge. It’s bittersweet to see our young ones change and grow. Knowing that the “baby times” are almost completely gone. But I love seeing his eyes light up when he gets something new. And how he’s beginning to piece sounds together for reading. And how he sticks out his tongue when he concentrates.
He takes care of his mama and his baby brother, and he wants so much to be like his daddy. Friends, this homeschool journey is about so much more than education. This undertaking is such a gift to our children, and to ourselves. Let’s promise to relish it, even on the hard days.
And if you were wondering, here’s what the boys’ room looks like. I painted the mural of the jungle and the two monkeys. I found a bunk I loved on Pinterest (from Europe, and expensive) so my darling husband, who is extremely gifted, built us this one. It’s lovely having them share a room, except that Mr. T wakes Mr. F at the crack of dawn. Every. Single. Day. That’s why I drink so much coffee 😉
So, what does your homeschool room look like? I’d love to see pictures or hear what you think of our setup!
Don’t forget to drop by all the other great homeschool rooms linked up with iHomeschool Network’s Not Back to School Hop!
Those bunk beds are fabulous. And the reading nook: I have that one pinned as well!! 🙂
Thanks, Jamie! He really did an amazing job on the beds for sure 🙂 I think I like the reading nook more than the boys do. I always wanted one when I was little and trying to hide from my own brother!
What a cute early learning area! Love the reading nook!
Colleen Kessler says
Lara — maybe your hubby can come up to Ohio and build some stuff for us in teeny house. 😉 We’ll play with you and the boys while our husbands work. XXOO
That would be awesome! 🙂
I just dropped in from Facebook to take a look at your schoolroom. How nice!! Your husband is so gifted. Like mine!! He made all our bunks too, closets, and everything else.
Monique Stam says
Great keeping the working area neat and usable, even if the closet isn’t the way you’d like. It really isn’t bad. Just say’n . 23 years of experience here, so I’d know! 🙂
Sarah Mueller says
I LOVE your reading nook and bunkbeds! So cool! I’ve been having a blast organizing and updating my own homeschool room this week and I love how calm and organized yours is.