If you follow on Facebook, then you already know that this year we are homeschooling!
Originally I was planning to do school in the kitchen, but my husband surprised us by cleaning out his “man cave” and creating an area for our very own homeschool classroom.
Once I saw that card table and the old white board set up, it wasn’t long before I was pulling out posters from the years I taught middle school.
There were quite a few reading posters with characters the kids recognized.
The dollar store and Target helped fill some of the other concrete walls and supplied some great materials.
We were lucky to have some large carpet pieces left from when the house was built, and a family member was giving away a few large carpet pieces they had, so we have a multi-colored carpeted classroom floor. (Mama’s not picky!)
It won’t stay that clean long!
One of the items on that desk?
This simple OT at home activity jar idea from And Next Comes L.
I think this jar will be perfect to help both my students get wiggles out and increase concentration. (And it will help me remember that OT time for my youngest as well.)
I chose to write more physical activities on our red sticks (play catch, wheelbarrow walk, spinning on the sit and spin…) and some calmer sensory activities on the green sticks (play dough, colored rice…). This way I can have them pull the color stick that we need at the time, and each day we’ll have something different to try.
My favorite part of our classroom?
Our reading spot!
That book case we outgrew when I organized the kid books? Works perfectly in our classroom! And who can resist getting on a comfy couch with a good book?
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Michelle Caskey says
Welcome to homeschooling! We’ve been homeschooling our sons for 12 years. It’s a great adventure! Hope you have a wonderful year. 🙂
Thank you! I hope you have a terrific year as well!
Donna DM Yates says
I homeschooled my son from middle school through highschool. It was a wonderful experience for us. Since there was only one child to teach we delved into many additional subjects including languages, religions of the world, art, etc. I made sure that we had some sort of physical fitness everyday and we also enrolled him in sports groups.
I’ve never been sorry and my son enjoyed it too. The best part was that we could take road trips whenever we wanted and so we could incorporate geography and map reading along with historical sites in his schooling.
I am hoping it is a positive experience for both my children. I know it is the right move for my son, and I hope it helps bring my daughter and I closer together.
Ok this is so cozy! I love it. I have homeschooled for over a decade. I homeschooled my now 20 year old through up to 2 years ago( he is now in college doing great)! It was a wonderful journey for us. He did attend public school for a few years but did not do as well so pulled him back out & brought him home again. Also still homeschooling my 15 year old in the 9th grade. We love homeschooling and have had so many different seasons & experiences over the years. I cried when my son graduated because I looked back over all the years together & those different seasons and couldn’t belive it was finally over & that we both did it! I am thankful the journey is not yet over for us with my girl. My teen girl will be attending her first homeschool science fair ever. Since we moved to a larger city there is so much more enrichment I can add to her year. If I ever adopt in the future I will also homeschool. I had my kids ( very young) so I still have a lot of life & motivation left to teach . My girl will be done in only 2-3 short more years. I used to have a cozy little homeschool room like yours at our old house and I so miss it!