I’ve been busy getting our schoolroom sorted out and ready for our official start to the new school year. We homeschool year-round, but sometime around August, we promote to the next grade. This year, I’ll have a high schooler and a middle schooler and an elementary schooler! It’s difficult to come to terms with that in a lot of ways, but it is also exciting to have so much to look forward to.
One of our favorite areas in the schoolroom is our nature shelf. We have a jar at each end for treasures collected in the yard and from nature walks, our microbe biosphere, which is almost a year and a half old, and two vivariums. One houses two green anoles (Sally and Lightning) and a tree frog (Greedo), and the other houses our newest family members: two long-tailed lizards (Calvin and Hobbes.)
We are constantly adding to and changing this area with the seasons and with the arrival of new specimens and pets in our menagerie. It’s nice to have a little bit of the outdoors inside, especially on days when we’re hitting the books hard. The boys enjoy having the critters around, and they’re learning responsibility as they spray the tanks, feed the critters, and monitor the heating and light in the tanks.
The bookcase underneath holds our science books and field guides. I like having everything right there so we have easy access to our nature books when we need to look something up or find a reference for drawing in our journals.
Try bringingI a little of the outdoors inside, especially when you need to take a break to daydream.