I'm jumping in on Darcy's blog hop again!
new arrangement! Nature Man even hauls his blanket and pillow in! Yes, yes, I know they could just work at the kitchen table, and we did that for a long time when we first got started. I dislike moving things all the time, though (with the exception of decor!) It's nice to leave work out on the desks when we break for snacks and gather at the table. It's especially nice to slip the current work into the cubbies underneath when it's supper time.
This post shows the "before" photos of the homeschool room. It's been rearranged, and the massive collection of art & craft supplies has moved to the Craft Room now.
We also spend plenty of time playing folder games on the floor, and working outside, either at the picnic table or just on the driveway!
I've learned along the way that we all can LEARN anywhere and everywhere. The kids like their desks and that's great. They love to be outside, and that's even better. However, even if we had a one-room apartment, we could learn all we need to and more. It's more about the goal and direction than about the place. We have our curriculum and books, and it can go with us wherever we go!
We do what works for the day. We stick by our schedule of subjects, unless there is a good reason for interruption, but I don't have a problem with where we do the work. If the floor hasn't been swept, then I'll probably suggest the couch for books instead. I'm not superwoman.... and I'm not pretending to be.
For a long time I thought that we *needed* our extra room to learn. I believed I *needed* my house to always be "company-ready," and my kids to be clean. Yeah, I'm over that now. If you stop by, you may find me happily walking around with books, folders, papers stacked up on the counter and kids sprawled out all over the floor, completing their assignments. I'd like things to stay tidy, but it' s not going to be my top priority during school hours.
Finally I feel like I know where I'm going, exactly what I want for the kids, and I see the map laid out. The big picture is there, and I'm trusting God for the steps along the way.