Hey friends! Long time no blog. *covers face*
But! It’s a goal to get back into it more most of all because I used to really enjoy it, and I miss having an easy place to share more of my favorite work and bits of life. With that….I should probably be sharing a recent shoot, but instead I’m coming at you with a few photos of our school setup as we launch into our 2022-2023 school year; my 3rd one homeschooling.
While I grew up homeschooled from first grade on, I still very much feel inexperienced in the teacher role and am figuring it out one year at a time much like most (if not all?) other homeschooling parents. We started this journey when Llewyn hit kindergarten and he is now entering 2nd grade, Margot is in Pre-K and Leighton is a (very busy & rambunctious) 2-year old.
Our house isn’t huge, but I’m so grateful we figured out the perfect way to have a designated school space right in our downstairs den. All props go to Aaron who had come across this IKEA wall setup on Pinterest and made it happen for us, too. A friend recently reached out asking about it and that made me think that perhaps blogging it would be fun/helpful for others…so here we are!
As you can tell, I lovvvve having all of this space to decorate and utilize and perhaps sometimes I overdo it, haha. But I love filling it with meaningful items, vintage finds and things that are both beautiful and functional for learning or inspiration.
Some of my favorite schooling and/or decor items that are pictured (or previously used):
- Wooden perpetual calendar from Etsy
- The 100 scripture cards from Korie Herold – love how pretty these are + their practicality for simple memory verse focus or memorization throughout our school year.
- ABC ring flash cards – they’re cute + can be taken off the ring for playing alphabet scavenger hunts or other games.
- Moth & Butterfly vintage prints download and just about everything else from SG Everyday Artist. She has so many pretty resources!
- Vintage books, little nicknacks (the mama duck + 3 ducklings for me and my 3 kiddos was such a fun find) lidded baskets for hiding markers, etc, wooden magnets & rulers – obviously take more time to source if you’re finding legit vintage, but they are worth it and add so much character and beauty while still adding function.
- Colorful USA map (hanging on our kids’ art gallery wall, perhaps to be shared at a later time)
- Scavenger hunt downloads from Fox Hollow Studios – love these for decor as well as ideas for seasonal enjoyment on walks, etc.
- Any and all printable crafts from Merrilee Liddiard
- Teaching From Rest – an encouraging read for any new homeschool parent or one who just needs a refreshing and grounding reminder as they head into another school year.
If you’ve been looking for a way to add school or work space to a home without a dedicated room for it, and you have a wall….I cannot recommend this enough. It’s worked so great for us so far and I know is going to continue to serve our family well….and provide me much continued decorating joy. ;)
P.S. You can see more of this space in last year’s Christmas decor post!