I am getting excited about the new school year approaching. The beginning of a new year is always exciting with new books and fresh enthusiasm. However, the main reason for my excitement this year is that we actually have a dedicated school space in our current house.
We will be starting our 4th year of homeschooling this fall. During the last three years we have lived in 8 different houses (3 in just the last year) and so have had many different places and situations in which we have done school. The most common place has been of course the kitchen table, but we have also made use of lap desks on couches, floors and beds. The most interesting situation was when we shared a house with my sister-in-law and her 5 kids who are also homeschooled. What a crazy time that was.
At the beginning of summer we moved into our current house where we are hoping to stay for at least a year. Aside from the mice infestation (which seems to have been dealt with) we are enjoying this house very much. My favorite part of this house (besides the counter space in the kitchen) is the formal dining space which we are using as a school room. I like the fact that it is an open space between the kitchen and living room and not a separate room. This way we still get the ‘working at the kitchen table’ feeling without actually using the kitchen table. Just now Buddy was able to work at his desk while the younger ones were still at the table finishing their lunch.
Speaking of desks, that’s another blessing for this school year. The mission we are now working with (Western Indian Ministries) operates a K-8 Christian school which has an abundance of extra desks from which we were able to borrow. It is nice to have defined work spaces for each of the kids. Another blessing is the set of library shelves that was in the house when we moved in. Book shelves are a must for homeschooling and these have glass doors that I can close to keep out the little hands of our soon to be crawler. I imagine things will be rearranged a couple more times before this next year is done, but I am excited about the possibilities.
View from the kitchen:
View from the living room: