I love the idea of unschooling, but I also love to teach and my older boys both love skill time. So, while most of our learning just happens, we also will be spending an hour or two working on skills four or five mornings a week. As I planned and ordered for this year I was trying to picture having school while living on the farm. There is plenty of outdoor space, but the house is on the small side for two families and school really does tend to take over. But, just as I was beginning to ponder this my parents called with a plan (apparently they were thinking the same thing). The small spring house in back of the house, set between a little wood and fields, which used to be my playhouse when I was little, would make a perfect place to store school stuff and even set up a little school room.
Yes, indeed. It has been such fun over the past week to search the garage and basement for furniture to make the spring house into a proper little school. The best part of the little house is that it is situated between a small patch of woods and some fields. I plan to do as much of our 'schooling' outside as we are able, so the location is perfect!
These are the before pictures, but to be fair, this is my before. Dad hauled loads of stuff from the little building and pressure cleaned it before we ever arrived.
And this is the after. Our first day of school.
Jonah, who hadn't seen the space before was really excited and dove right into his new curriculums. And, Rowan (who has absolutely no expectations put on him as he is only two) loved his stamp-and-see screen and movable alphabet. I do believe we will have many happy hours in this cozy little spot over the next couple months.