I don’t have any super-unique idea to share, just thought I’d show you where we do our lessons each day. When we moved in over two years ago, we turned our dining room into our “school room”. This is my HQ for lesson plans and grading, and it’s the room where Leslie, Laci, and Matt do their work. Lauren and Mitch each have desks in their rooms. While I teach Matt each day, Leslie and Laci work at the kitchen table, but the rest of the time they are in here.

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I really like my little bulletin board to show off the good work they are doing. My sister knitted the little banner at the top to celebrate our arrival to North Carolina last May. I wanted to use it for something here because it’s so adorable. This is what I came up with. It’s a duel-purpose banner. Every time I see it, I’m happy that the kids are learning, and I’m happy that I have the world’s greatest sister.

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This is my magnetic chalkboard. I love it. I used a marker board for years, but kept losing the markers or the little ones would write on things that weren’t erasable. Aaaaand, I have more fun writing with the chalk. (That’s the main reason.)
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This is my messy work station. The clock is something I added this year. It says, “It’s time to LEARN!” And it’s always time to learn. See? It’s a constant reminder.
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One of my banners. When chaos explodes, I look at Snoopy and think, “This is just an adventure! Yes, that’s what I’ll call it, an adventure.”  And you know, it really is!

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Books, banners, and a bee, all to encourage a strong work ethic. I believe that subliminal messages speak volumes.

unnamed (7)Here’s my cabinet. Notice that globe on top. It serves as a reminder of where places are located in the world, and how long it’s been since I’ve dusted up there. I also store lots of charts on top. I’ve tried to strike a balance: No child left behind, and no space left unused.

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Here’s the inside. I also have two shelves packed with books in a closet…and three other bookshelves.

So, there you have it. This is where we slave all day, every day. Homeschooling is work, that’s for sure, and I know I’m not the greatest teacher in the world. In fact, one thing that homeschooling has taught me is that I need the Lord’s help to do it.  If my kids turn out even halfway normal, it will be because of the grace of God.

Thanks for visiting.

With love,


4 thoughts on “My School Room

  1. The Cottonwood Tree says:

    What a safe, comfortable and inspiring space for learning, Valerie.


  2. Kristy Jo says:

    Looks great. I would love to learn there!


  3. Carolyn Courtney says:

    Your school room makes me want to get in on the fun! It looks great. The banner adds a colorful touch, and I like the GOOD WORK letters. Did you make those, or are they purchased?


  4. Tori says:

    That’s a real school room, looks great!


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