When we first started homeschooling, I COULD NOT WAIT to get my Pinterest-worthy homeschool room set up. I would spend hours at night searching and pinning all of the perfect things that would make our room perfect. The problem was, my husband wasn’t about the shell over a $3000-$4000 for the room I wanted so much. I can’t imagine why?!?
Thankfully, over the course of a few months, I was either given, found cheaply, or pulled from other areas of the house, all the items we needed to make our room pretty great. I love how The Lord not only provides our needs, but our wants too! I’m sure I didn’t NEED a homeschool room to do it successfully, but I reeeeallllyyyy wanted one, and I love it now that we have it!!
So without further adieu, here is a little peak into our space!
This is the first thing you see, when you cross through the french doors, directly off of our entry (that sounds MUCH more fancy than it actually is.) This shelving system really makes the room. I love it! They are from The Container Store, and would have taken up our entire budget if bought new! THANKFULLY…some sweet friends of ours were moving, and posted on Facebook asking if anyone would like to take them off of their hands. For free. Umm…ME PLEASE!! I white washed them, here and there, and they turned out just as I had pictured them. I especially love the drawers, so each big kid gets their own to hold their curriculum. We are pretty relaxed homeschoolers, and do a LOT of interest led learning and unit studies, but we do have a very solid “>math curriculum, “>English for our 9 year old, and a “>reading program for our 5 year old, that we need a home for, and these drawers are it. Other than that, we let their interests take over, and they seem to learn SO much more when I’m not forcing it down their throats. Win win!
In the far corner is where I keep our mass amounts of card games, flash cards, puzzles, and such. I keep everything in ziplock bags so they are easy to identify. I often strew the flashcards, and an impromptu self directed learning session takes off with the little guys. I love it! In the middle of the table, I have a dollar store tote, with a dollar store pencil cup, holding pencils, colored pencils, and a couple of pens. The tabletop paper and holder is from ikea, the kids got it for Christmas last year and it sat on our kitchen counter for MONTHS before I got the homeschool room set up. On the shelf is a FABULOUS oil pastel portrait of yours truly, that my oldest made for me this spring. Love her creativity We keep our zoo magazines (great for strewing), folders, and spiral notebooks in these two magazine holders from Target, and our crayons color categorized in old baby food jars. The bottom shelf holds a dollar store red wire trashcan. Can you even decorate any room without dollar tree? I’m sure you could…but I wouldn’t want to!
The top shelf holds our board games. I love that they are our of reach, as it keeps the tiniest hands from destroying and eating all the tiny little pieces. The garden tote ($3 off the Facebook garage sale page!) Holds the fish food and all other fishy items that we don’t want seen. Below that is our miracle gold fish (Her official name is Alisalisalisalee. Not kidding.) who defied the odds and lived when her 3 other buddies we bought with her died the next day. Bottom shelf holds our router, another ikea toy from Christmas, a wooden puzzle set from Zulily, and another fabulous piece by our in house Artist. The top is home to tiny legos and light brights (all which would be eaten by our littlest guy) and underneath holds a lacing activity, comb blocks, and magnetic linclon logs. I LOVE these mesh baskets from ikea. They add some fun color to the room, and we can see through just enough to be able to tell what’s in them. Next shelf holds two more Facebook garage sale finds ($2!) that holds some random activities, and our Melissa and Doug band in a box. Thankfully this one is a toy to be asked for or strewed as well, because OH the loudness of a harmonica and xylophone in a room with no rug to absorb the sound. Next up is the Abacus, which I was SURE would help my children become math geniuses. So far the baby likes it, and nobody else seems to care, but that could change! Our globe lamp came from my Grandma, and the little one seems to love that too! At the bottom, I keep all of our holiday themed books for easy reference, and a (dollar tree!) basket of megablocks for little hands.
Our little reading corner is a favorite spot for all three kids, or 4 if you include our Bulldog. The tent was a floor sample from ikea ($15) that the kids got for Christmas, with a beanbag we got for free from our friend Christin, who was closing down her preschool. I would say HALF of our learning activities came from her…such a blessing! I pulled the book basket from the upstairs bathroom, and filled it with our early reader books, and we used navy blue chalkboard paint to make this little nook function as reading corner and chalkboard. I wrote the lyrics to one of our favorite songs, and one day our oldest decided to pen one of her favorite verses to go with it. I hung twine to hang our latest creations from, and our little foam clock (again…dollar tree) helps the 5 year old work on telling time. I seriously love these alphabet prints that I ordered from Zulily like 4 years ago. Again, hung with twine…cheap and easy! We moved the play grill from the upstairs play area in here, just one more thing to occupy the little guy!
This shelf was passed down to us from a friend of my husband, and has lived in our living room, nursery, dining room, and NOW the homeschool room. These shelves hold busy box activities, extra crayons (we have a craft closet in the hallway that we use for all of our bagillion crafts/markers/glue/paper/ etc.) and books upon books upon books. Truth be told this isn’t even all of them, we have two more bookshelves in full in the living room! Who needs a library when you have one at home?! Also another WONDERFUL hand-me-down from my friend Christen!
Last but not least we have our infamous critter cage. I traded this for a bottle of lavender from my neighbor friend, and it has gotten MUCH use in our house! There is a heat lamp that attaches, and we have attempted to incubate abandoned duck eggs, turtle eggs rescued from a mom that was ran over massacred, and it is currently housing 9 grasshoppers. I would love to get red eyed tree frogs for it someday, but the free things we find around the neighborhood seem to be working for now. The world map, we got as a Christmas gift from my mom, the table (I think it’s technically a TV stand) we have had for so long I have no idea where it came from, and the shelves hold our dinosaur felt board and white board we use for English.
And that is our homeschool room! I’m not exactly sure how to put a price tag on the room, since everything in it was either given to us for free (again..SUCH a blessing) or pulled from another room of the house. Basically we paid for the paint, paintbrushes, and the curriculum in the drawers. Even the dollar store and garage sale page finds were already existing our house. Obviously not everyone will find the same free or dirt cheap things that we found, but my first suggestion would be to check your local Facebook Garage Sale page, Craigslist, and Freecycle!
Do you have a homeschool room, or something like it? Love decorating on the cheap? I’d love to hear about it!!
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