I've been dreaming of my someday schoolroom since before my kids were school aged. It was going to have walls lined with beautiful books and a great big harvest table with benches on both sides. I knew that there would need to be a big comfy chair for story time and a colourful rug to play on.
What I wanted for our schoolroom was a house! Well, we don't have a school room, but we do have a house!
Most of our book work happens at our kitchen table. Yesterday I hung my old mirror-turned-chalkboard on the pantry door as a place to write down the date, or our memory verse, or maybe to keep a countdown to Christmas once December arrives. I think I like it there more than I ever did on the mantle!
Last year we housed all of the school supplies on shelves in the kitchen, but now that space is used for the twins high chairs. I wasn't keen on adding another bookshelf to our living room, so I cleaned out most of my craft closet and made space for the homeschool supplies in there.
The kids gather around a chair in the living room with their storytime pillows and I read to them from their history book or a favourite story. This year we are beginning to use The Mystery of History series, which I am really excited about. It weaves biblical history and world history together seamlessly, telling the story of our world and our redemption at the same time.
I've posted a portion of Proverbs 16 on my window above the sink where I will see it a billion times a day. So often I need to be reminded it that it is not frustrated scoldings that will guide and teach my children's hearts, but gentle and loving instruction. Sweetness of the lips increases learning.
Although curriculum and books are tools we enjoy as a family, I am leaning more and more towards exploring our whole world as a school room. I want to raise kids who ask questions and create things with their hands and stand in wonder at the world God has made. And I'm realizing that I don't need a schoolroom for any of those things.
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