It’s back-to-school time here in Australia. You know those seasonal aisles in the shops? The ones that in America go from Christmas to Valentine’s Day to Easter (with maybe some Superbowl in there somewhere). Here in Australia they go from Christmas to Back-to-School to Easter. It’s that time of year, all of the school kids are back in school now. Our Worldwide Classroom is hosting an Aussie Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop, this is my first link-up. (To anything, really!)
This week the focus of the blog hop is Learning Spaces. We just moved less than two months ago into this house. It has a great second living area that we are using as a schoolroom. In our last house we did not have much space so we schooled in the kitchen at the dining table. We utilised bookshelves in the dining area. We made do but it was inefficient with all of the other learning supplies, including the computer, located in the back bedroom. Every time I needed to print something, or quickly grab something from the other room, I’d come back and my student would have disappeared. Or we would move back there to look something up on the computer and I could never get him back to the other room to do more work.
It’s wonderful to have everything in one place. This room was an addition to the house. One wall is brick that they never dry-walled over. Fine, I love the brick, but they also left the old exterior windows. Makes for a quirky room! You’ll see them as you look through the pictures below. We are renting so have no plans to change any of it.
First, our table where we do all our work. I sit on the far side near the bookshelf so I can easily grab whatever we need. See the crazy contraption taking up one end of the table? Aussie Pumpkin Patch has one too and she posted about it here. You can see the remains of our solar system model in these first couple of pictures. Jupiter has popped and Saturn has shrunk. To the left of the bookshelf hangs a bulletin board where we can hang up our most recent work to admire. Beneath that is a poster of a map of the world.
Look, an action shot! 🙂 These shelves hold all kinds of learning tools from toddler on up, with storage at the top. I’ll post more about what’s on these shelves at some point.
Here’s our We Choose Virtues wall and a table with a book basket full of books related to our current topics.
Right now the futon is holding a dollhouse in an attempt to keep the bits and pieces out of the reach of our new puppy. Above the futon is our calendar area. I’ll post more about this and our calendar notebook soon.
After I took the above photo we moved the dolhouse to the little table with the book baskets and it works much better, but now we can’t reach the books! Not sure how safe this will be from the puppy anyway.
At the end of the futon is an art easel. The white shelves hold all sorts of kids books with art supplies on top (out of reach of little hands). One shelf holds readers and read-alouds. There are various colouring and activity books in magazine holders on the bottom shelf. The tall dark bookshelf to the right of the doorway holds various kinds of curriculum (curricula?) and the history and astronomy books we will read this year.
Desk with computer, printer, etc. So great to have this in the same room. We can easily look something up, print something out, listen to some music. See that window? Behind it is a small room with a built-in desk. We are using it to store homeschooling & scrapbooking supplies. It’s a mess at the moment or I’d give you a peek. (We won’t mention that the reason it’s a mess is because the schoolroom is so clean. The clutter had to go somewhere, right?)
The colourful drawers are full of activities for Jitterbug. Workboxes of sorts. My file bin with various papers we need during the day is on top. The other set of drawers is full of craft supplies. On top are more school supplies. Above these hangs another calendar that I found at an op shop but it’s missing some pieces. That door behind the drawers leads to the laundry room and toilet. We are in one of those crazy Australian homes where the toilet is located miles away from the rest of the bathroom.
On the back of the door is a couple of posters.
This door is our back door that leads outside and is the door we use the most to get in and out of the house. Which means that as we enter the house we dump everything in this room. Case in point…the boys were out of the house while I took these pictures and as soon as they returned, so did the clutter.
Thanks for reading! Stop by the Aussie NBTS Blog Hop to visit some other Aussie learning spaces.