Our Homeschool Room

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I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t ridiculously excited to put a homeschool room together. And also if I said I wasn’t jumping out of my skin to share it with you!

When I was an elementary school teacher, putting my classroom together was one of my absolute favorite things. I’d spend time coming up with a theme, and then either shopping for or creating my own decorations to keep the theme and make the classroom a fun and welcoming place. This year? I got to do that for my own daughter!

I didn’t pick a theme, since we’re just starting preschool, and our homeschool room is also our playroom/TV room, but I spent quite a bit of time figuring out the things we’d need to make school fun and exciting! Here’s the final result:

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The basic area holds the bookshelf where we keep the curriculum, the table where we work, and the couch where we read together. Those awesome IKEA buckets hold all our our crayons, pencils, scissors, etc., and my lesson planner. And the top of the room is decorated with my favorite ABC Scripture Cards! It’s a fun place to work and play!

work area

Here’s a close-up of the work space. I absolutely LOVE the table, rod, & buckets from IKEA! And you can see my homeschool planner tucked into the long bucket.

Lesson Planner

I’m basically Erin Condren’s biggest fan, so grabbing her lesson planner was a no-brainer for me! I love how colorful it is, and how I have the monthly calendars to plan our trips as well as the weekly spread for the daily lesson plans.

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Behind the couch, we’ve got a simple calendar wall, with a calendar, days of the week, months of the year, a season chart and a weather chart.

daily routine

Next to the calendar, we have our whiteboard with our daily routine. The routine helps us stay on track, and helps the day go more smoothly because Emily can easily see what’s coming next. (This printable coming soon!)

And there you have it! It’s small, and it’s tucked right into our family room area, but it’s perfect for us. :) Do you homeschool? I’d love to hear from you! Share in the comments below, and include a link to your homeschool room, if you have a post or pictures!

Why We’re Jumping On The Homeschooling Bandwagon

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Ever since I was little, I wanted to be two things: a mommy & a teacher.

The teacher dream was fulfilled in 2006, when I got my first teaching job – 3rd grade at the private school where I’d grown up. It was quite literally my dream job.

The mommy dream was fulfilled in 2011 (and sweetened in 2013), and I loved it so much that I left the teaching job that I held at the time.

I always assumed that when the time came for my kids to be in school, I’d send them to private school, just like my parents had done for me. But as I taught in various schools, and thought about what Jon and I wanted for our family, we decided on something I swore I’d never do. Starting this year, I’m homeschooling my kids.

It wasn’t an easy decision, but it’s the right decision for us. Here are a few of the big deciding factors, and why we’re choosing to homeschool our kids:

1. We Highly Value Family Time :: Both Jon and I are quality time people. Emily is as well. I’m guessing Nathan will be too. We all function best when we are able to spend time together as a family. We love to travel, and are excited about the flexibility that homeschooling provides. We’ll be able to create our own schedule, and focus on prioritizing time together as a family.

2. We Are Working On Financial Responsibility :: Funny story, we actually planned to send Emmy to our church preschool in the fall. However, this summer brought a number of unexpected expenses, so preschool was no longer feasible. Initially, this was a big disappointment, because I thought Emmy would love preschool, and because, let’s be honest, I was looking forward to a couple of mornings a week where she’d be at school and I’d get a “break”. But losing the funds for preschool turned out to be a great thing, because it helped us see that that wasn’t the plan God had for us, which leads us to the next reason…

3. We (The Pratts) Are Called To Teach Our Children :: This is the most important reason to us. We never had a complete peace about sending Emmy away to preschool. Peace came only when we decided to pursue homeschooling 100%. I’ve been trained and experienced as a teacher, and I simply loved my job. I always believed that the Lord called me to teach – it was when I was teaching that I felt most in my element. I’m out-of-my-mind excited to be able to use the teaching experience I have to teach our daughter, and eventually our son. Jon and I both want to be the ones to teach our children – whether that education is in academics, in faith, in character, or in culture. My primary job is to pour into my kids, to train them up in the way they should go. That requires time, focus, and intention. We believe we’ve been called by the Lord to raise our children, and for us, that includes homeschooling.

That being said, we will continue to evaluate the needs of our kids each year, and seek the Lord for what is best for their education and spiritual development. My hope is to teach them at home as long as I can, while participating in a local co-op, frequent outings, and community classes. However, we’ll pursue whatever plans God leads us to, even if that deviates from what I’m expecting. (As it often does, amen?)

And finally, the cutest reason we’ve decided to homeschool:

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Princess Sofia comes to my class every day. Would you pass up the chance to teach royalty? I think not. ;)

Lean In

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I heard the term “threenager” a while back, and I feel like that’s pretty accurate. The 3′s are rough. My beautiful girl is equal parts sweet and stubborn, and there’s a bit of sass thrown in there too. She’s a lot like her momma. I am struggling to figure out how to parent well. I’ve cut out many distractions from my life, things that would take up time in my day and pull me away from her. I’ve closed the {Read More}

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What Really Defines Motherhood

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I talked with a friend this week, who contacting me for some breastfeeding tips. Her sweet baby is in the NICU, and she thought I might have some insight, as I was able to successfully nurse a NICU baby. I thought through what practical advice I could share, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that breastfeeding tips were not what she needed to hear. You see, she’s had a rough go of this whole motherhood thing. On top of having {Read More}

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I Miss You.

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I do. It’s true. (See how I rhyme? Clearly my writing has suffered this summer.) I’ve been thinking about how to start writing again, and how to put to paper everything that’s in my head, and I still don’t think I have the answers. But here I am. Cause I miss you. And because I think that despite all the things I don’t know, there are a few things I’ve learned to be absolutely true. And one of those things {Read More}

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Upside Down

I’ve got a few things to say, and they might not be pretty. But they will be honest, because this place is nothing if not honest. I’ve been writing this post for two weeks. It’s been really long, and then edited down to be really short. And then scrapped completely and started over again. This time, I’ll try to make the story short, and get right to the point. Over the last month or so, I’ve been meeting with a {Read More}

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The Honest Truth

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My plan for today was to remind you all about why The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is the best deal you’ll find all year, and to let you know that today is the last day to buy it. But… The honest truth is that I’m a little tired of talking about the bundle. I’m not a salesperson, by any means, and I try not to bombard you with stuff to buy. So while I truly think this bundle sale is a {Read More}

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Hope for Your Work

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I thought I’d throw in one more day here for those of you who balance motherhood and a job. Or three. It’s no easy task. I’ve got two passions going right now. First, I’m a writer. I write here, at the Allume blog, and I just finished my first book for Discovery House (releasing in November!). I love to write – it’s the way God’s made me. I process life through words – the writing is learning for me. Second, {Read More}

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Hope for Your Family

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We’re in a bit of a rough season here in the Pratt house. Jon’s working full time and also in school full time. I’m a blogger who is also writing a book. We’re both running an Essential Oils business, which is doing really well but needs our full attention as it grows. We’ve got two kids, one of whom is still (obviously) incredibly dependent, and one of whom insists on her independence. We’ve got time management problems and discipline issues {Read More}

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Hope for Your Kitchen

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Mmmm. Food. I really love to cook. I feel so creative and accomplished when I make dinner for my family. It doesn’t have to be gourmet to be great, you know? Healthy, filling, and tasty – that’s enough for us. But I’ll be honest. Over the last few months, we’ve gotten in the habit of getting take-out for dinner multiple times a week. While my taste buds and carb cravings often love this, my heart and my wallet do not. {Read More}

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