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A House of Many Hats

For the past fifteen years, three (sometimes more) days a week my
home is transformed to a co-operative home school! It is tricky for a
house to wear many hats but ours has become an expert.

We utilize every
inch of our 1200 square feet (now there’s a math workout). During school
we give each space a name. To begin, a favorite space is: On the
Floor
. The living room is transformed to the Great Room and in that room
is Old Wood, the table where, by night, our family gathers for dinner. 


Class_montage1
The
kitchen table is always the kitchen table… but not exactly, sometimes we call
it the Gathering Place, other times The Table in the Pink Room. And then
there is our detached garage transformed School Room, the classroom with a
clubhouse feel.

Class_montage2b

Because the weather is even keeled in our neck of the
woods, much learning takes place in our postage-sized backyard.
In the Garden
we’ve created cozy nooks to read and write. And then there’s recess… hmmm,
the boys always find a way for fun! 


Class_montage3
Ultimately our school environment is authentic,
and that is precisely what makes it, well chaotic at times, but without
doubt an artful inspiring home that is at once a school. 

 

18 thoughts on “A House of Many Hats

  1. Kim that is a very cute picture of you! The whole post is so cute! I want to home school again!

  2. LOVE the garage clubhouse school room!

  3. Love what you have done with your spaces. Thanks for sharing your home with us!

  4. Wonderful! My oldest son stated that “She gives them time to do lots of Art!” LOL!! I suppose he was hinting to me to do MORE art! 🙂 Thanks for participating.

  5. Love your description and lovely pictures. Sounds like lots of fun is had at your house during school time.

  6. Thank you everyone for taking a peak and for such kind and encouraging words!!!!

  7. Your home looks inviting and welcoming! Thanks for the tour. Great post!

  8. Thanks for letting me take a peek into your home, what a great space you have and naming the rooms different names I like that. Your outdoor space is nice too.Have a great year!

  9. I was thinking the same thing as Lora. I want to come to school at your house! I loved reading this. Have a wonderfully blessed school year.

  10. Love the educational community and spaces that you have created!! Too cool!

  11. Oh, what a great “schoolroom” post! That’s what makes homeschooling so great — we use everything we’ve got!

  12. Hey, can I come to school with you all? Looks like FUN!! That is SO what I want this year! Our year was not so much fun last year……we will get there! LOL Thanks for sharing!!

  13. It looks like you are having fun with your homeschool! Your backyard looks great and your *clubhouse-like* schoolroom sounds so fun:)

  14. Wow, what an undertaking to have a co-op in your home so often! Neat use of space…and I love the re-naming. :^)
    Hope you can stop by my place (#40 on this week’s list): http://tinahollenbeck.blogspot.com/2010/08/not-back-to-school-blog-hop-school-room.html.

  15. Cool! That was fun to read about. 🙂

  16. How cool renaming the rooms in your home!!! Thanks for sharing . . . have a blessed week.

  17. Awesome! The garden is a great idea. May have to think about that for us next year. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Neat! Love the garden area.
    Came by via THL! 🙂
    Melyssa from http://www.thedazeofus.blogspot.com

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