Monday, July 15, 2013

Our Homeschool Classroom

It's about that time! Time for a new school year! Last year we used a spare bedroom, the dining room table, and the living room as our classroom. I didn't like the clutter that school was throwing into our regular living space. So, this year, we remodeled a basement room to suit our classroom needs. It will be handy because I also have my at-home business (candles, soaps, and other handmade products) set up in this same room.

Here are some photos and descriptions of the areas pictured.

 Our computer area with printer. The drawer system stores paper, printer ink, and miscellaneous supplies.
 A few from the outside access door. You can see the computer area in the bottom right corner. The colored totes hold some language arts supplies and the green tote on the top contains prizes (I love the Target clearance aisle!) My Sweet Pea 5 year old will be learning to read, so he will get to choose a prize when he masters an emergent reader or a sight word list. My Boogie Man 7 year old will get to pick from the prize basket for mastering math facts. In the back of the photo you can see our desk work area.
 This is another photo from the outside access door. Just to the left is my sewing machine work area and just the right - beyond the half wall - is a kitchen area that I use for making soaps and candles. The double doors at the far end lead to a messy play area.
 The two storage drawers in the back hold math manipulatives. The front storage drawers hold my desk supplies (sharpies, post-its, staples, etc.). Look at that! You can see a BOB Books box in the basket. We love those!
 Maps, flags, crucifix, copies of the Morning Offering and Guardian Angel prayers, and copies of the Pledge to the Cross, and the Pledge to the Flag.
 We made a fun trip to the fabric store - at least it was fun for me! Boogie Man chose Lightening McQueen for his chair cover and bulletin board cover, while Sweet Pea chose Batman.
 This is my work area. I have my laptop, teacher books, my plan book, and binders for storing documentation. The shelf underneath stores the read alouds that came with the Sonlight Curriculum.
 Here is the work area for the boys. They have a folder for each day of the week and will get a checklist of things that need to be completed each day. Sweet Peas work will require a lot of intervention on my part, but Boogie is more capable of working independently.
 Here is another display area. This area is just behind our work area. The bulletin board on top shows our weekly Bible verses and the Saint of the Week. I imagine that this will hold additional things in the future! Next is our dry erase board and pocket chart. You can see to the left that we also have a TV and DVD player.
Finally, additional storage. I have a ton of teacher resources, so on the shelf are some random books that I felt may come in handy this year. The drawer system holds extra markers and glue sticks, our construction paper and cardstock paper, and sentence strips. On top of the drawer system we have tubs with markers, crayons, glue, glue sticks, scissors, and colored pencils. You can see a bathroom on the right side of the picture. 

Well, that's it. Our new homeschool classroom! 

God Bless, 


  1. Hey Kristi! Love your homeschool classroom! You are so organized! I see All About Spelling in there too, we love that spelling curriculum! Thanks for sharing your classroom with us!! ~Trish @ Hip Homeschool Moms

  2. I love your bulletin board idea! I'm totally going to have the kids pick out a fabric and make one!! What did you attach it to? A wooden framed, pre-made board, or what?

    1. The "bulletin board" is actually just a foam poster board and I hot-glued the fabric to it and hung with a ribbon. It cost next to nothing!

  3. Thanks for sharing this with me on my Harrington Harmonies page! What a lovely space you have for schooling!

  4. This is great! May I ask where you got the Papal flag from?? Thanks =)