the homeschool room

It’s butter yellow. With a great big red industrial light smack dab in the middle of the room. A desk on the side for moi and a slide-out drawer for oft-used printer (love love love having the printer beside me). Can we say Latin pop quizzes? On-line printables? And stuff I print during morning studies cause I forgot yesterday?

There’s a gigantic doored closet with cupboards with science encyclopedias, microscope, history books, math manipulatives, crafting material and language resources that I have collected in my eleven year old library. I have many books, despite purging many at every move. An electrical plug is at the bottom of this cupboard where a pencil sharpener and CD player are ready to go. 


It’s yellow isn’t just brightening the walls, because the morning to afternoon sun is beaming through the windows. In the splash of morning sunlight, I feel energized to get going. One of my girl’s friends says that yellow stimulates brain power, so I’ll take it.

It’s a warm alternative to the rest of the house. It’s pretty clear on entering our home that I prefer the colour blue. Blue is the fluidity of water. Blue is calm, cool, ease. Blue is borrowed from the impressionist watercolour: Monet. Would be why I’ve named our home Giverney of the Mountains.


One window faces northeast, providing morning sun and a view of the natural pond only a half dozen feet from the house. My desk window faces southwest, framing the front verandah where Violet, the Great Pyrenes naps — at the end of the verandah, the walk down to the river, the neighbouring island. There’s a view of our fenced vegetable garden with busy birdfeeders –squirrels, flitting black capped chickadees and Northern flicker competing for sunflower seeds, while the hens peck at the base. The south facing windows open to the driveway, the towering coniferous Kootenay mountains, and most of the days’ sun.


Three wood bookshelves house our favourite storybooks, books we’ve read, books we want to read, books we want to pass down to the next sibling: the abridged and non-abridged versions of anything Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Charles Dickens. There are the series of the Littles and Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, Canadian Girl series, Bridge to Terabithia, Artemis Fowl, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Kite Runner, Number the Stars, and Swiss Family Robinson.


It’s nine o’clock! Time to start studies…