I have made a bit of headway in setting up my schoolroom this week. In the midst of saying good-bye to all my college bound children (sniff), and putting away all the Patchwork Theater props and costumes, I managed to have some quiet moments upstairs to think about the coming school year at home.
I have been gladdened anew by the fact that our family lives in a two family flat converted into a one family home. How else would we ever have a fireplace in our bedroom without living at Downton Abbey? I tell you, it's the next best thing!
My school room is set up in the upstairs living room,so it has the perks of stained glass windows and a wonderful old fashioned mantle that spans the width of one wall. It's a lovely thing. I got the bookcases from a basement sale and, as luck would have it, they fit right under the windows! I love when that happens.
Then I just add all my favorite home schooling memories from over the years and voila - a school room is born. It is by no means state of the art, but it is cozy and comforting. And those two words spell success for me.
|I put my desk in front of the fireplace between the bookcases. The lamp is new this year but everything else is a memory.|
|The little blue box holds my rosary and the stein is from my dad's college days. The flowers are from a wonderful tea that my good friend Theresa put on for my lovely daughter's sweet sixteenth birthday.|
|My mom made this little school house over sixteen years ago when I first began to home school. This is a treasure everyone in my house loves. And whenever any child sees it they inevitably say: "Ohhh"|
|The pencil holder Eldest Child (now 23) made for me in Kindergarten. It still makes me giggle whenever I look at it.|
|I LOVE bookends don't you. These hearts are so fun. I found them at T.J. Maxx. If you go there regularly they have some amazing treasures for really cheap.|
|Boxes from JoAnn's Fabrics. They hold all my Latin cards, math flash cards, etc. Very fun!|
|The Good Shepherd that presides over the school day.|
|This shawl is the ONLY thing I have ever crocheted in my entire life.|