Welcome to Day Four- Homeschool Classrooms
But then last summer some friends reminded me that I was sitting on the solution. Or rather my house was. See our house has a basement of sorts. It was actually a 2 car garage that one of the former owners bricked in and reinforced to be a bomb shelter. And occasional jail...but that discussion is for another day.
For real. He was the sheriff during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and this is Florida after all.
So, while I'm not too worried currently about a bomb, it was the perfect way to solve my "where to homeschool" dilemma. In the bomb shelter, of course! I spend a LOT of time last summer getting things cleaned up and painted, but the result was worth it.
Ready for the tour?
Next, coming down the wall to the right, is our white board and the girls' workboxes.
Then the desks for the 3 youngest. TJ's workboxes are in the back by his desk. Each child has an inexpensive 3 fold display board that they can use for a little privacy. (You can see one in the picture of Scott's desk below.) Our time line hangs on both these walls, but is pretty lacking right now. We have a lot of American History people we need to put up still!
Okay, from this point on, things are going to be MUCH less tidy. The school room was a MESS, and with it being in a non-living area, it literally stayed that way until I went down there to clean today. So I got it half clean...the first half...now you get to see things a bit more like they normally are ;-).
Scott's desk and his workboxes. Here you can see the 3-fold display thingy. Scott struggles a lot with distraction by his siblings, so there will probably be more curtains hung to minimize the visual clutter for him. Behind the curtain you see there is the fuze box...and a shower.
And here is a picture of what the main part of the room looks like. This is taken from right next to that huge world map when you enter. See, I was careful not to show you the whole room so you wouldn't see the MESS in the middle! That's a pool table under all that. Yes, we play in it form time to time, but right now it's holding all the things I found while cleaning that were out of place! You can probably orient yourself, but to your left is the reading nook, and to the far left, on the backside of the reading nook bookcases is the science/art area. Straight ahead are the kids' desks, and to the left of that is the day bed, the computer desk, and my desk. Scott's desk is behind mine and across from the pool table.
Not to complain AT ALL, but just in case you are reading this and thinking, "It must be nice to have a bomb shelter to school in." , let me say, "It is." But it also has its drawbacks. The biggest one is that this is not on the central heat/air. And we live in Florida. No one in Florida has a true basement because the Florida Aquifer is very close to the surface. But we are built into the side of a hill. So two sides of the basement are surrounded by dirt, but the other two sides get sun ALL DAY LONG. There are no windows, but there's no insulation either. It was 85 down there today with just me. Last fall, with 4 more bodies, it was typically about 90. We run fans, but they make it very hard to hear if we do a read aloud, and they also make it hard to do written work! Some sort of air conditioner is on the list of must haves when the budget allows! Also, the ceiling is low- 6 1/2 feet ish, and was even lower until we removed the drop ceiling. What we didn't realize was the drop ceiling caught all the little pieces of grit that constantly fall from the ceiling. There is 1ft. of concrete above our heads (part of the bomb shelter design), and as we walk on the floor above, it drops little pieces. So there is grit on everything. And there are bugs. Big ones. Spiders and roaches mostly. We try not to name them, and the roaches give the cat something to play with, LOL. On the plus side, we have a built in unit study on bugs at our disposal. Lastly, the entrance into the bomb shelter involves steep stairs and two 90 degree turns separated by a 2 1/2 foot wide, 10 foot long hallway. So unless the furniture is a) small and b) light, it won't fit in the room. ( And no, pool tables aren't small or light, but they do come in pieces, so it was actually one of the easier things to get in there.)
So that's our schoolroom. In spite of its shortcomings, we are very, very blessed to have it. I can't wait to see the schoolrooms of some of my Crew Mates. Click below to check out everyone's thoughts and pictures.