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It is lucky for us to be a homeschooling family as we can claim that everywhere is our classroom. That's right. The world is our classroom. Therefore, any homeschooler should not feel inferior when you don't have any school room at home. Everyone has many classrooms. They are where we can learn not only about the academic life, but also the life skills. Let us think bigger now. One of my vision in homeschooling is the ability of children to be able to learn in any different classroom.
If you see the picture above, you can see how children learn in the toilet, kitchen, laundry area, church' terrace, house terrace, museum, camping ground, and the big table. Those are our classrooms.
However, we have a regular daily room to get children prepare themselves to the outside rooms. You might visit our old classroom here:
As the time goes on, we just have a new closed classroom last academic year. We have changed the arrangement a bit. Here is our old arrangement of the classroom:
This is how the room looks like at the moment:
We start our daily learning in this room. To prepare the room to be ready for the new academic year, we have some steps to do:
Decluttering or cleaning up took shorter time with better planning. However, it still took half day with the help from helper. Well, it was a very messy day. We pour down all of the books, pens, markers, and other stationery. My son screamed in a shock, “Which room is that? How messy it is,” when he watched this picture:
Checking all of the Stationery
To get more frugal, we tend to purchase the pencils, pens, erasers, and other stationery in a bulk so that we could get more economic price. We trashed all of the super short pencils, the run off pens, the small and getting black erasers, the ink- finished markers, the dry up glues, etc. We save things that still can be used and fixed.
We put the selected stationery in the middle of the big table to ease children using them. This way works very well. Kids start using colorful pens in their lab report pages and notebooking pages. There are some times when they play with this, but I still try to control. Maybe it was just because this is still new.
Equip the Art tools
I have told you many times that I am not an artistic person at all, but some times kids love create something using the stuffs in the box. We have some stencil rules for maths, palettes, paintbrushes, a set of fancy scissors, poster paints, and drawing books inside.
Arrange the reference area
Here is our reference books and my teaching manuals shelf. It separated the big table area from the individual tables. I thought there wasn't enough space for kids to read in front of the shelf so that I changed the position leaning on the wall. Thus kids have better space to read books on the floor when it is hot. The room looks brighter too. We put the art box, hanging folder, solar system model, rainbow loom kits on top of the shelf.
Clean up the lockers and fill it with new materials
Here is our locker where we put our workbooks, textbooks, notebooks, and notebooking page binders inside. The top row belongs to my husband and I. We put some church documents and some reference books inside. The last row is used to keep all of the supply stocks. We lock this row avoiding kids wasting the supply.
Clean up the individual table and arrange the drawers
Our drawers look much better right now. There are different things kept inside the kids' drawer, but all of them have their private student planner to take a note their special schedule, unfinished work, to do and assignment lists, etc.
I also cleaned up my super messy drawer. It still looks disorganized I think, but it is much better than it was previously. It is a shame of me that I have a lot of connecting cables in my drawer. I have some external hard disk drive to keep some important files, colorful pens, permanent markers, hole puncher, staplers, post it with some sizes, pins, etc. It is very hard to get the drawer tidy.
Equip the Science experiment materials
Here is our glass cupboard with hard-to clean-up stuffs inside. We have more and more stuffs to standby during our science experiments. The beaker and measurement glasses are always wrapped with newspaper and put inside the box to prevent dirtiness and being broken. We also have plant seeds, food coloring, mini digestive and respiratory model, aluminium foil, light H2O2, rubbing alcohol, acetone, electrical stuffs such as battery and cable, etc. We put our colorful paper in the last row.
This cupboard is very crowded right now. I think I need to think more about another way to keep the stuffs inside.
Watch out the Walls
We put some wall map put up to ease the geography lessons. We decided to scroll down our Indonesian map as it has been included in the Asia map. Probably we need to put up our time line later on. We also need to put up some more effective things on the bulletin board. Last year we put up the weekly schedule on the bulletin board, but this year each child has their own clipboard to ease them checking the weekly assignments and schedule.
Rearrange the Furniture
To get a more effective movement, we try different furniture arrangement. Ken spends more time on the individual table, but Tom spends more time on the big table.
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