Now you may be asking "What is all of this Learning Base business about?" Yes, it's a school room and a play room but it's mostly a Learning Base because that's just what it is...A Base. We don't even come close to spending all of our learning time here during the day. It's definitely a school room of sorts but the truth is that our learning, even within this room, is much different than a class room. Yes, we do some of our learning here but as most home educators know, we rarely stay in one place! At our house, we end up moving all around, (inside, outside and around different rooms) depending on the time of day and what's going on with babies, toddlers, teens, etc. For example, our bed (Mom & Dad's) often ends up being the cozy reading place for devotional readings, our 6th grader prefers the dining room table to spread out and complete his math assignments, the back patio is a good place to paint or watch birds, and we often do craft projects around the kitchen table! Regardless of where we travel through the day, we begin and end our day in the Learning Base, hence the title of Learning "Base". I must admit that the terms "School Room" and "Play Room" come most naturally around here too but I just wanted to clarify the purpose and use!"
- Regardless of what it's called, we start out here in this Learning Place each morning with prayer and spiritual reading (Bible or Saint). We created a shelf that serves as our prayer table in the learning base. (Different from our home altar in our living room) We also store bible, saint books, rosaries, etc. nearby for easy access (key to success!)
- The prayer shelf is elevated so we kneel in prayer at the foot of the cross...
|This is Princess's 3rd Grade Learning Space|
- Currently we have 3 children schooling at home and a toddler to keep busy. We set up tables for the 2 youngest children (1st grade and toddler) to use as their learning spaces and to store their books, etc.
|This is Army Dude's 6th grade Learning Space|
- The children's artwork, coupled with reflections of our faith tend to make up the decor of the room, as you may have noticed! It's nothing fancy but highly functional, as previously mentioned.