Rise from the Depths

by Idaho Dad on August 25, 2012

It’s a bittersweet day.

My kids have announced that they no longer want to homeschool.

In the basement.

That’s right, they no longer want to do their schooling in the basement classroom that I painstakingly designed and set up four years ago.

They said something about it being too cold, too dark, too boring. Which is strange, because it’s a nice basement. It has a big window that lets in a lot of light. There are rows of shelves filled with books and school supplies. There’s even a comfy futon for stretching out to read.

The cold part, though, I agree with. The temperature never gets much above 55 down there, even in the summer. During winter, we’ll have two space heaters running, and we still need to wear hooded sweatshirts and fluffy slippers.

So I can understand them wanting to move their school into the family room, which is always warm because of the large west-facing windows.

Even though I was a bit sad, it took me all of ten seconds to agree. After all, their environment should be most conducive to learning. Shivering can be a big distraction.

Like many other homeschoolers, we have always used the entire house for learning, but the classroom was the center. It’s where the books were read, math problems solved, essay questions scribbled. I’ve always felt it to be important to have an actual classroom area, with desks and storage, because that’s what the kids will most likely find in the future, whether in a college lab or a work office.

Now there is much movement of desks, shelves, computers, and books as it all comes up from the basement to one side of the family room. It’s a smaller space, but I think it will work.

The important thing is how the kids learn and perform. We start school next week, so we’ll soon find out.

In the meantime, I have a mostly empty 400 sq ft basement that I don’t know what to do with!

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