My Homeschool Classroom

I thought I’d start by showing you a picture of my living room – should I say, “former” living room! I explained to my husband when we started homeschooling that whatever is important to you is reflected in your house, so if homeschooling was important to us it was okay to devote our living room to it. (We still have a family room for play & TV.) Somehow he understood my rationale. Here is a side view of the same room:

That’s the leg of our piano bench on the left – we use the piano during line/song time, and I am giving my son piano lessons three times a week. It’s kind of nice to have there, although it does take up a lot of room.

As I mentioned in my last post, I have two very different ages to work with : 6-9 , since my son is starting 1st grade, and 2-6, since my daughter is 2 1/2. There isn’t too much overlap in materials there! So basically I have two different classrooms. What you are looking at in these pictures is mostly 2-6 materials for my daughter on the low/middle shelves, and “teacher supplies” (books, musical instruments, art supplies) for me on the higher shelves.

One exception is the “shoe cabinet” that’s angled in the corner (that’s from Target, as are all the shelves you see except the two tall ones). In the bins inside are all the nomenclature cards that my son uses for Botany, Zoology, Geography, and History. I’m in the process of switching out the 3-6 three-part cards (picture, label, and control card) with the 6-9 three-part cards (picture, label, and definition). More about his work later – I’ll have separate pictures of his shelves.

So, I was able to purchase things like a pink tower, red rods, cylinder blocks, and the color tablets for the kids to use. In another post (coming soon) I will have links to all the places I’ve used to buy reasonably priced Montessori materials. While I do try to make as many things myself as I can, there are some things you just can’t make yourself. Next time: some specific materials I use with my daughter, as well as info on the companies I bought from.

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19 Responses to “My Homeschool Classroom”

  • Nicki said at September 15th, 2006 at 12:04 pm :

    I love your classroom! I wish we had something similar. We are in the midst of building work at the moment so hopefully when it is all done we will have that perfect Montessori space :o)
    I have a 5yo girl and a 19mth boy. We have a blog too but i’ve been taking a break from it for the summer…must get back to it at some point!
    Look forward to reading more from you.

  • Tim said at September 16th, 2006 at 1:04 am :

    Oh Lori! It’s a beautiful classroom – I’m very envious 🙂

    I wish I could dedicate a whole room to our Montessori materials but unfortunately we have a lounge/diner combined so I just use the diner end!

    Lovely to see your blog – look forward to reading more – Sarah (NOT Tim lol)

  • montessori_lori said at September 16th, 2006 at 5:50 pm :

    Thank you both for your comments! Sarah, you have great ideas for homeschooling in a small space. I hope you share some here!

  • Dinergy said at September 16th, 2006 at 7:39 pm :

    Thank you for sharing, Lori!

    Both of my 6 & 9 year olds attended Montessori when they were 3(we didn’t know enough about homeschooling then) and it was the best investments in their education we made. They turned out to be SO much advanced and both skipped a grade before we started to homeschool this year. I would love to read about how you teach your older child using Montessori method at home.

  • Mary C said at September 17th, 2006 at 6:54 pm :

    Hi Lori:
    Really nice environment! I conducted a primary class in my home for a few years.
    What do you find most challenging when homeschooling Montessori children? Does the age difference present any problems for you?


  • beate said at October 14th, 2006 at 12:58 am :

    Your classroom looks perfect!
    This is the environment I am dreaming of!

    Just tell me: how many working phases and at what time of the day do you plan with your children?


  • montessori_lori said at May 27th, 2007 at 6:09 pm :

    We mostly work in the morning, with one long work period. The afternoon is for reading, art projects, activities, and field trips.

  • Alia MD said at August 24th, 2008 at 11:18 am :

    The classrom is great, I am in the midst of taking over my living room, is there anyway you can enlarge the shelves so the contents can be seen .

  • montessori_lori said at August 24th, 2008 at 12:29 pm :

    Hi, Alia! I can’t change the pictures, and I can’t take anymore since I’ve completely changed my living room since then. It’s back to living room again, and we work in our family room now. Sorry about that!

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  • Monica Utsey said at January 26th, 2010 at 9:53 pm :

    This is very helpful to see, especially for those of us who live in small spaces (apartments) and don’t have tons of space for Montessori.

  • Dori Lynch said at February 2nd, 2010 at 11:47 am :

    Hi Lori,

    I love the set up. I can make out quite a few of the staple items like the metal insets, knobbed cylinders etc. I am curious though about what you have in the corner cabinet that the radio player is sitting on. Is that just LA work?

  • Lori Bourne said at February 2nd, 2010 at 11:51 am :

    Hi, Dori! I take a detailed look at that cabinet right here: Organizing Your Montessori Materials.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    What a helpful article on setting up a Montessori classroom at home! I love the way you used your living room space! I’ve featured it in my post on How to Set Up a Montessori Preschool Classroom at Home:

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    Thanks, Deb, that is very kind of you!

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