Where our Homeschooling Happens....



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Our homeschool space, through the years, has been ever-changing and evolving...

I remember starting out with my 4 year old, when we just used a wooden table that we set it by the window, for my daughter to practice her letters and such....



..She could watch for birds at the same time....


 
Science happened wherever we were, as long as we had a pail for collecting her important specimens.....


Then, in the kitchen, we encouraged our young artist with pudding fingerpainting, drawing, gluing, cutting, and even painting with apples.  I just had to remember to cover the table with a plastic tablecloth, first, lol!
 


For a reading nook, I used a bookcase from the thrift store, and filled it with books, changing them out as she developed her reading skills.  Most of the books were either presents from family or found at one of our local children's consignment stores.

Here is how our Book Nook looked, in the early years...



We found the whale at a local garage sale.  It was great for my little one, to snuggle up with, and even read to!
 
My daughter continued to fill this bookcase with her favorites, through the years, including books that she saved from her Oak Meadow literature courses and other books special to her. 

Here's how our updated book nook looks today...




These days, my teen prefers to study here.....




....in her own room, with the desk that she set up herself, decorated with her favorite things.  She used the same wooden table you saw from her earlier years, and just added the top piece from a desk set that she found at Goodwill.

The fish rug in the picture, above, was made from a puzzle years ago, that she put together with a layer of plastic.  And she added a penguin stuffed animal, as well, one of her cherished things.  By the way, our kitten ran in while I was taking this picture, so he was a surprise addition to it...





That's all about our homeschooling space, at home.  But lots of our homeschooling took place outside of it...
...starting with preschool ballet, music class, etc, and ending with Youth and Government activities.  Here's a picture from that teen activity....


 
My teen even earned an English credit in speech and debate, through Youth and Government....another one of our homemade courses.

And, our nature studies, of course, always took us outside.  First, to explore our backyard, then later to explore the pacific northwest through road trips. Sometimes my teen "took me", as she was practicing her driving skills....




And now, my previously very neat and tidy little one, will finally let herself get muddy....yes!


Thanks for stopping by, to see where our homeschooling happened...and, you know,


Homeschooling happens everywhere!



This post is linked to the Not Back to School Blog Hop - School Room Week.


Happy Homeschooling,



Betsy


Betsy blogs at BJ's Homeschool , where she writes about high schoolour steps to collegeand all the fun of homeschooling the early years, too.  As a veteran homeschooler, Betsy offers homeschool help to families 


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8 comments:

  1. I loved this post! Homeschool happens where it happens! What a wonderful way to learn.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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  2. I'm so glad I found this post and your blog! My package from Oak Meadow (kindergarten!) arrives tomorrow :)

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  3. Thanks, Glam Granola Geek, and I love your name! I hope that you enjoy Oak Meadow....we sure did! And feel free to send me a question or two, if you like, somewhere down the road, by connecting with my facebook page, BJ's Homeschool. I remember how excited we were to get our first Oak Meadow box!

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  4. What a neat experience watching your daughter 'grow up' literally as we scrolled along the screen :)
    It was fun to see the experience evolve before our eyes :) I have only been homeschooling a few years and can see how changes have helped our family as well.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh, how could I have missed your kind comment! Hi, Rachael DeBriun, I have seen you around the web, enjoy your posts, and will be looking for more! Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

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    2. Oh, how could I have missed your kind comment! Hi, Rachael DeBriun, I have seen you around the web, enjoy your posts, and will be looking for more! Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

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  5. Great post, I love seeing how your school evolved and yet you kept the same overall feel. I would never have thought to add a desk hutch to a small table but that is such a good idea! Filing that one away for the future!

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  6. Thanks, The Transplanted Southerner, for your kind comments! The desk is still working out well, for my kid in college. Glad that you stopped by!

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