We schooled at home for years without a dedicated school room and that has made me so grateful to have one now. We don't spend much of our time learning in this room, but it does at least provide us with organizational space to house our beloved learning materials.
As grateful as I am for this space I just spent way too much time decluttering this room this month. It's just amazing how quickly extra books, random art projects, and completed curriculum materials can take over a school room - or house. The results are worth effort, though. I'm in the process of setting up an overflow library downstairs and better organization in general. And someday, I will even lay down some fresh paint and new window treatments. (I really hate painting walls so I'm choosing to procrastinate.)
The book shelf in the corner holds a row of current favorite books for each of my children. Any books that don't fit here are stashed downstairs on overflow shelves.
Pencils, colored pencils, markers, and extra fine markers all standing at ready. Easy to find, easy to put away - which is most important.
The three drawers below contain extra school supplies and all our most used art supplies: paints, paint smocks, oil pastels, chalk pastels, charcoals, large markers, crayons, watercolor paper and multimedia paper.
The other side...
That little round about caddy - I *love* that thing - it's from Staples. It's huge - which is good and bad. It blocks the walk way between the table and the bookshelf, but it is worth it. When it's time to switch subjects or grab my planner and my hands are tied with the yarn that I use the tie myself to that chair, most of what I need is at my finger tips.
The family room - this is where read-alouds, strategy games and math usually take place. Although my oldest usually prefers to do her math in her room early in the morning before anyone else is awake. I love having our on-going time line that we add to year after year. It's not exactly... aesthetically pleasing. If anyone has a better idea for me, I would love to hear it. Please comment and let me know! I was wondering about running something like a wallpaper border around the room after we paint - or maybe even putting up a wide chair-rail like trim? I don't know. Hanging frames level and room decor is not my strength. I doubt any frames will stay level regardless of how carefully they are hung when the living room is used like a gymnasium most days.
And this would be why I call our school room a staging area. Because no matter how cute your desks or how perfect your tables are, sometimes they learn best by finding their own little spots. Learning happens everywhere in our home.