FIRST: The office/"learning space" --
WE are very happy with our efforts in the new homeschool/office space, which included installing a new ceiling, painting walls, floors and trim, installing carpeting, building office furniture, and some miracles that were wrought with drywall tape, spackle and hope.
The finish was a little tricky, as there is really nothing square about the room (the house was built in 1896). But my husband says, "Who looks up there in the corner, anyway?"
Along the way, I had to get creative, where gravity and time had caused some gaps to form between ceiling and wall, and wall to wall. These things they don't teach you on HGTV!
As you can see from the photo to the right, we didn't do too bad a job. We'll work on the light fixture at another time -- electricity is one area where I like to leave it to professionals!
The floorboards are the original wide boards, hammered in with those squared nails that they used in the Victorian era.
We had new windows installed on the second floor a couple of years ago - each one a unique size and shape. Don't you just love old homes?
I bought glass-topped office furniture, to make the room bright (it has two windows, north and east-facing, and is one of the sunnier rooms in the house -- something I desperately need in the winter). Here, you see my Bible study aids and my homeschool "tickler" files for the week, plus a timeline that we have to mount, when we get our bulletin board up. Oh, and the coffee. Must have coffee.
The room outside is the laundry room, which will get a redo later this month.
He was my electrician for the installation of the temporary light fixture, and said he'll put in a new one, once I pick it out. He's a keeper. He and my eldest son also picked out and transported the carpet. They're good Joes.
He loves to come in here to work during the day. It's sunny, and quiet, but not so far from the "action" to make him lonely (being close to the laundry room and bathroom keeps him in the loop!).
The wooden shoes were here when we moved in, and hold tools. The "LOL" paperweight is a gift from a former co-worker, and reminds me not to take work or homeschool so seriously that I forget about joy.
I always am on the lookout for a new and better system of organization. This seems to work so far. I need to build my last file bin, so I can get my work files out of the way.
You can get the magnetic words at any bigger bookstore.
I also like to leave a question or a "teaser" about what we are going to work on that evening, or something to review what we worked on the day before.
The surface of the re-purposed dressers makes a nice place for displays. We have a globe that needs to come here to live...
I love candles. You can't have them in a classroom, but you can have them in your home. The make it feel cozy. The apple paperweight is a gift from a former student. And the digital photo frame was a Mother's Day gift from my eldest son (the ceiling assistant).
It is important to make your homeschool space comfortable and a place of peace for you and your children. We live in a noisy city, so it's nice to have a quiet spot.
The dog likes to sleep under the desk, because he can look up at me through the glass.
I like the book of affirmations. Homeschooling can be challenging, and discouraging, especially because those of us who homeschool have set a high bar for ourselves and our kids. I need to be reminded that I teach my children every day, even when we're not trying to "do school."
My youngest son and I had some disagreements over color scheme, especially when he saw me looking at some hot pink, gauzy curtains the color of the file box in this photo. He said, "Oh, no no no no.... That is TOO girly!" So I bought spring green curtains with big white polka dots, as a compromise. He wasn't thrilled, but he is ok about it now!
When you live with a house full of men, you have to claim SOME girly space!
There is space on either side, and underneath, for bigger things, and my big books, which are always tricky to store.
The silver object to the bottom right is my Dynamo label maker -- the envy of my former office. Invaluable for organizing a homeschool or home office!
What did we do without Post-Its? I'll never know...
- Assemble the last file bin and store work files;
- Build our gigantic bulletin board (which we are covering with an African quilted batik fabric);
- Finish storing my school materials in the dressers.
- Hang the other curtain;
- Get some wall art up.
- Get the re-roofing project wrapped up (we're not doing THAT one!).