Our schoolroom is slated for demolition.
It has served us well, but at this point our family has outgrown the need for a dedicated schoolroom.
When we built our house 20 years ago, it seemed like a great idea to plan for a schoolroom right off the kitchen and adjoining the living room. We filled it with the sweet antique desks my dad had given to each of the five children we had then. By the time my desk and a piano were added, it was full. And it worked pretty well for many years even as we squeezed in more and more desks. But even then my children tended to spread out far beyond the schoolroom. While they might do their math or handwriting at their desks, we'd read together in the living room, do science experiments in the kitchen. As the kids reaching junior and senior high, they began finding the quiet of their own rooms helpful, and we set helped each older one set up a more adult workspace.
These days a devoted schoolroom doesn't make much sense. With only four children at home, they use just about every part of the house for school. We have plans to open up this room into the adjacent living room and build in bookshelves and a window seat. Maybe this summer?
Since our kids rarely use the school room, where DO they do school?
The living room gets a heavy workout for both group discussions/classes and independent work.
|Ben always grabs an apple before sitting down to read a good book|