The “Not Back to School” blog hop hosted by Heart of the Matter is discussing the School Room this week.  To be consistent with my philosophy of a lifestyle of learning I have to show you more than one room.  Learning happens in all sorts of situations – in our home and outside of it.  But today I thought I’d share a collection of places where  I’ve found my kids learning –

The girls both learn piano so daily practice happens at the piano!

Josh now studying at university he has his own little nook in what used to be a junk store room or my scrapbooking room

The girls love to read in their bedrooms

Nomi in particular also likes to read up in our tree house.

The veranda table is also a place for learning from Dad

We do lots of reading in the lounge – both independent like Daniel here, but Daniel and I like to do our read alouds curled up on the couch

The kids use computers a lot so my office becomes a place of learning

Daniel has done most of the work int he veggie patch - the great outdoors is a great learning space

New chickens which means a few trips each day down to the chook shed

Lots of learning goes on in the Kitchen

It also happens at the desk, in our family room

Yes, we do have desks – if you scroll back to the top and see my first photo -that is our family room.  We call it our family room because it is the hub of activity for our family.  To the left outside of the photo are the kids computers.  We’ve used two dining tables in the middle of the room, giving each child a space to call their own (1/4 each).  Their work is stored in a box under the table and on the weekend or any afternoon when they are working on creative projects they can quickly clear off their trays on the desk and put it all on the box under their desk leaving a great space to work or play on.  I like having a family room, as opposed to a school room, as it means everything is available to the children all day any day regardless of structured plans to learn.  This has meant they pick up and learn even in their ‘free’ time.

Thanks for visiting our house!  If you want to see more homeschool school rooms pop over to the Heart of the Matter blog hop:  “Not” Back to School.

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