This is our new art supply station... it has already 'morphed' a few times since I was originally inspired to create one. We have added more 'color' sooner than I thought we would, with pastels and chalks.. the children are asking for it! Having the supplies at our fingertips has really been wonderful.. and I like that it is pretty and inviting. *note* the basket of Papo toys is an inspiration as well! I pulled them out when we began Middle Ages in history.. the boys just like to set one up as a companion while they work, or something to sketch or describe with written narration.. they even make a good paper weight!
Pretties for our room! Vintage pictures and plaques, a lamp and a radio (that works!) and our art display for study. Some of these items are from my childhood.
A chalkboard for anything I want 'post'.. now it has Kaylee's memory verse from Before Five in a Row.. it is a good one for all of us!
Another view, from the corner just described. You can get a peek into the other school room and the hallway. (we just love Jim Arnosky books, like the one on our table, by the way)
This table top was one spot that got a 'cleaning up' before taking photos for this post! The reason being... Kaylee. She always arrives with handfuls of 'nature' for our collection. I am looking for a way to better 'preserve' her leaves.. I discarded a huge pile of dried up, crumbling leaves before taking this picture! We hope to soon have more castings of animal foot prints...
And now a look into the other part of our school room!
This is my chair.. the 'teacher chair'. The map behind is for our Holling C. Hollings geography studies, and reminder notes. One note details the 'bones' of narration.
To the left of Amelia's comfy chair, is a box of board books for the 'littles' that stay here in the school room (not dragged all over Mimi's house!) They are the ones I mostly enjoy reading to them. It is a deep basket! And Peter Rabbit gaurds the book basket garden. Amelia tucks her work basket behind her chair, to keep it away from nosey little fingers.
Beside the boy's couch we have something different than boxes and baskets for books! (I have made it my goal to search out the flea markets and thrift stores for alternative storage for our books.. it's a challenge) Here is our pie rack full of miscellaneous titles for our Middle Ages history studies. For Thanksgiving and Christmas and Easter, it is filled with holiday reads.
Also beside their couch are the 'littles' ABC and NUMBERS books... Reading the same ABC book over and over puts me to sleep! I like variety!
And a little basket just for Karter.. if he naps while here at Mimi's, it is on the comfy school couch with a special pillow and blanket handed down from his Uncle Alex. He comes in to the room and pulls the basket out and says "That's mine, Mimi?!"
This is the view from yet another corner. We love our fireplaces in this old house, although we can not build a real fire in any of them.. another story for another blog. (We do have the tile pieces that are missing.. somewhere in the molding! The children pushed them in when we first moved to this big old house.. such a memory) We keep a basket of seashells and a box of rocks on the hearth for busy, nosey hands to play with...
The display on the mantle is a more of our nature collections.. and the Diary of an Edwardian Lady.. such a lovely inspirational Nature Journal.. one day we will be brave enough to incorporate watercolor into our nature journaling... Westminster Abbey is up for our history studies, and plus, it's pretty!
This is what other homeschool moms have dubbed (in their school room blog posts) as the command center. And I guess it works for here as well, because I have to COMMAND myself to sit down and get to work! But the lovely view and the pretty happy thoughts to keep me company, always make time at my teacher desk a joy.... as long as I am not in a rush. I usually play some favorite music.. either Sovereign Grace music, or Glenn Miller, or hymns or classical.. and make a cup of hot tea.. make sure everything is tidy (I can't think in mess) and take my precious time! Then it all works out well. For some reason, everyone who visits gets a kick out of my gavel. It is really just a paperweight and for conversation.. plus, the children love to pound it until the hammer comes off.
Here are some of my pretty things and happy thoughts.... Jimmy Sterawart, my husband and my Daniel boy, a doggie Amelia painted for me years ago, old school books, railroad crossing, a comfy coffee mug....and an apple for the teacher!