Anyway, back when this construction project first started, I googled and looked everywhere for design/decor ideas for a homeschool room. And I have to admit I was disappointed.
Most of the school rooms I saw were rather bland. A couple of desks or a table, charts covering the walls, and a bookshelf in the corner. The "organizational" aspect seemed to be far more important than the actual environment - so I saw lots of photos of cupboards and filing cabinets and workboxes. Great ideas, but nothing that struck me as "This is exactly what I want!"
What was far more saddening to me, however, was an almost snobbish attitude among many that "WE don't need a schoolroom." Or if we have one, "we only use it for STORAGE." Because learning happens through real life, you know. Not in a classroom. Or "We do our work at the kitchen table! It's the CENTER of our universe!" And my favorite: "The WORLD is our classroom."
Granted, learning happens through real life. But won't a child learn best in an environment tailored to his learning needs? In a space where he personally feels comfortable and inspired? Where there are "real-living" tools at the child's level and there is an environment where she can learn and discover and establish independence at her pace?
Now, I completely understand limited space issues - we're living with those right now! And everything happens at the coffee table in our living room. But there are things you can do, even with a limited space, to stimulate and promote learning. We'll be looking at some of those in this Learning Spaces series.
Off my soapbox for now. Here are a few spaces I liked:
- Chatter, Clatter, and Things That Matter
- Not the Best Mommy on the Planet
- HGTV Homeschool Cool
- Embracing Home
- Less Of Me ~ More Of Him
- Mommy Matters