Our children call it the playroom. I call it the learning room. And most people would probably call it the schoolroom. It is a key room in the house where the children play, explore, pretend, dream, learn, and grow. More important than the name is what’s happening in the room. But I must admit that it makes me smile to know that the children prefer (and often insist) on calling it the playroom because it tells me that they see learning as play and as fun. And that’s just the way it should be.
This room has come a long way from what it looked like a year ago or even six months ago. It seems to be a continual work in progress but it’s organized enough now that I feel comfortable showing it to you. So please come along for a tour of our homeschool schoolroom/learning room/playroom……..
This is where the musical instruments, manipulatives, alphabet book set, and other learning toys are stored. The 10-drawer cart is used to store school work – both future lessons and completed work, curriculum notes, art smocks, praise stickers, blank paper, and other items.
This is the table where a majority of the art projects, crafts, math work and writing exercises are completed. I purchased the caddy from Target recently (in the seasonal kitchen section) to store our pencils, markers, and glue and it is working great for us. I like it much better than using individual pencil boxes.
Here is our calendar pocket chart similar to this one and our We Choose Virtues posters.
A closer look at the We Choose Virtues posters. I purchased inexpensive frames for these and I think that improved their look hanging on the wall.
Here is our All About Reading, Pre-Reading Alphabet poster. Below it are stacks of bins with more manipulatives and learning toys. The white bins with the pull-out drawers store puzzles, flashcards and card games. This whole corner is my least favorite part of the room but I have not figured out a better way to store these items so we will manage until a better solution is found.
This is a fun area of the room with a kitchen and laundry area for pretend play and there is also a dollhouse which the kids love to play with and create fanciful stories.
You might be wondering “where are all the books?!”. And unfortunately, when I reorganized I had to remove the books from the room because there was no space for them. It is a small room and there just wasn’t anywhere to squeeze a bookshelf in. However, I do put a basket of books in the room every week, we have a large bookshelf in the living room and the children also have bookshelves in their bedrooms.
If I make any major changes to our learning room during the school year I will be sure to share them with you. Thanks for taking the tour!
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