my husband spoke some sense into me
and encouraged me to be creative and use
what we had. My mind had to be transformed those first few years of schooling.
I finally realized that my children didn’t
need a Pinterest-inspired room that would
cost a pretty penny but rather a room created out of my love for them.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither
was our schoolroom! The space was there
and available, but if I attempted to furnish
it all on day one, we would be completely
broke. Instead, I would keep my eyes open
at yard sales and second hand shops so I
could decorate slowly, as the materials
would come. Yes, it was annoying not having curtains in the windows the first few
years and not having a laptop for the kids
to work independently on right away. But
in time, these materials were added to our
room, and on the cheap!
It’s like buying a new house. It’s so easy
to get caught up in what color the rooms
should be painted or how it should be
decorated that we forget to be thankful
that we simply have a roof over our head!
I finally came to the point when I realized
that I wanted my room to represent both
me as a parent and our family as a whole
and not some ideal.
I found an old piano for free on Craigslist, and it now stands as the focal point in
our room. The Hoffman Academy Online
offers free piano lessons for kids, which
means my children have been able to acquire basic piano skills, completely for free!
This brings me to another need—a laptop. In order to fully utilize an online piano
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was our schoolroom!