I haven't been on here forEVER but I'm glad to read this thread. I need to stop looking at pictures of perfectly huge and organized school rooms. It just can't happen here. I love the idea, and I'm envious in a way of families that have a good system and can work this way, however it is just a lost cause LOL. My house is pretty big, a little over 3000square feet. DH works remotely so he has the huge "bonus room." I was bitter for a while but know he needs it LOL....it's also next to the laundry room on the other side of all the other upstairs rooms so we stay out of each others way easier. Plus, no matter what/how I organize every room, EVERYTHING ends up around the table and in the family room. We have a "great room design." Right now i have a corner that would work perfectly as a lovely little sitting area with another small formal couch and my coffee table that now gets shoved around the main room as necessary for lego battle scenes and to hold barbie's pool etc. In said corner I have set up each kid a desk, with an IKEA tall trofast unit with bins for our "workboxes." Which might i add i did not know had an official term and is all over the internet! I have been doing something like this for a while, though after reading the book realize the entire system is a bit too rigid and we have adapted to our needs.....tangent....
Our kitchen is at the end of the house. The "nook" area of the kitchen is small but is not seen buy a person walking in the front door or from almost anywhere so this is where I plan to make a family art wall. I have purchased idea paint, and am paneling a large portion of the wall to paint in a white board. Next to that I am going to cork and or magnetize part, so basically i have an entire wall dedicated to hanging maps, artwork and visual math lessons. For now I have a large white board that i just prop up on an easel because I do not want to hang it with big holes then take it down soon. I know it sounds bad, but i don't wnat every inch looking like a school map or alphabet, so I decided to keep this little school nook very tidy with just their material, and just across in the kitchen hold more of the activity things. DS is very easily distracted (2nd grade) and DD is kinder age so work is a little different.
Upstairs is where i had planned the school room. It is at the top of the stairs beside a large landing where DS has a full sized drum set. The room itself is not huge, but ok. We have bunk beds in there set up as fun reading zones and for sleepovers/company. The plan was to keep a long desk downstairs and allow more toys around as we kind of do now, and school is upstairs. But this just does not work. I actually painted the room a lovely benjamin moore soft blue, etc. The kids just want to be in the main living area. I am ok with this now after a long time of going back and forth. It's just my life right now and shame on me for complaining anyways because I still DO have a dining room, they just have the nook to the side of it for school area. I think i keep imagining my house looking lilke the cover of a magazine and need to get over it :lol. Plus my sewing craft room is down here and that's just one more area with desks they can resort to if quiet is needed, and I try to think it makes more sense for them to learn near me, and play upstairs since they don't need me for that.
I'll try to post some pics very soon. We haven't officially started our first day (day after labor day) so they are keeping more toys and clutter out right now. Oh and I had a good idea how to define the space a little. I couldn't find any pics so I just went for it and I actually like it. I bought 2 swing arm curtain rods and 2 long plain panels from IKEA and hung them on opposite sides of the nook so it looks like it creates a little room.