Wrapping up this year’s Aussie NBTS Blog Hop by taking you on a tour of our Learning Spaces. Our home is a ‘house still under construction’, we are slowly melding ‘two houses’ together, some rooms are still awaiting their floorboards, the finishing touches are far from done and decorating is not my forte. However we’ve built our home ourselves and filled it with lots of love.
We gather in our learning room
to use the blackboard for various language arts instructions, and the younger children sit at the the desk for some of their lessons. The smaller table on the right is used by our littlest ones. The cupboards house the children’s books in daily use and the stationary.
The cupboards under the window contain the art, craft and sewing supplies, also toys suitable for our fourteen month old.
Whilst we have a learning room currently, I want to assure readers that it is not necessary to have one to homeschool, for a number of years we didn’t and I’m not sure how I will lay out our learning spaces when we finish our extensions as what we currently have could be condensed.
Just to the right of the learning room is the toyroom
, with plenty of toys and dress ups for the children to play with, they are just a ‘step around the corner’ from us when we are working in the learning room.
The first door to the left of the learning room leads into our library
. We are indeed blessed to have thousands of books, mostly finds from book sales. This is a quiet area to retreat to and it is usual to find at least one reader in there.
The second door on the left of the learning room is our study. Our teenagers do much of their studies in this room and they find it a benefit that the door can close out the noise of younger children. The older three children also have desks in their bedrooms to study quietly at. The younger children use the computers for their maths study.
A buyers tip: most of our computers where purchased for $50-75 from our local council’s auction site. A great way for anyone to purchase start up computers.
Reading time always finds us in the loungeroom, snuggling up and enjoying many books together:)
(You can’t hear the noise level but be assured it’s not always a quiet time)
Learning is not only academic, board games and pool games in the Games Room have also many lessons for the children to learn.
Without a doubt building a house
has created many learning opportunities for our children. The various skills involved, teamwork and tenacity amongst them.
Living on a rural property
also affords many opportunities for learning whether it be working together on a farm project
or playing together.
We are blessed to have many learning spaces.