Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Dell - Where We Learn



Our homelearning space is known as the "Dell", short for Syrendell. In our new home, the Dell is located in our dining room. We utilize a bookcase and a table that Daddy made. The dining room opens up with two French doors to a large deck, so when the weather is great, the Dell includes the outdoor space.


We have an easel from Grandma and Grandpa that we cleaned up and refurbished with some new chalkboard paint. This is located on the deck where we often do our form drawing, letter and number formations. We also love doing yoga and circle time on the deck, so we recently added a rug and meditation pillow. Comfy!


The book case has nine "nooks" which rotate. One nook features a nature table.

The other nooks feature math, language arts, fiber arts, science, music and more. The lowest nooks contain blocks, bean bags and other items that are within easy reach for Wilson. Each nook has one of our naturally dyed silks, or one of our woven or crocheted runners. It's nice to feature items that the kids helped make!


A bunch of our naturally dyed silks in different shapes are rolled up in one of our handwoven baskets on the floor. The kids' artwork is displayed in branch picture frames, or on the windows of the doors, or as backgrounds in the nooks.


The kids work and Main Lesson Books are located in our file cabinet within easy reach, and the cabinet features a project that we doing on top (right now there is a bird's nest that we found this summer in a wood bowl). The bookcase also has three cabinets where we keep art supplies, science equipment, reference books, paper. Storage is important!

In one corner, we have a naturally dyed piece of velvet covering some of our supplies (looks like a table!). On top are the library and other books that relate to our social studies for the week, as well as some foreign language books. Sometimes there is a manipulative, such as the Tubespace polydedra that you see in this picture. Also in this corner is a wood container for the recent artwork, kite paper for making window stars, and watercolor paper. Underneath is a sheepskin, making it a nice place to read or play.


Other items, like spinning wheels, small chalkboards, math gnomes, molding beeswax, wood dishes with acorns in them, planters growing herbs, or hands-on projects might be found here and there both inside and out on the deck...it's always a challenge to keep it neat, creative, and usable! Our goal is to make the Dell a space that the kids can use, and easily reach everything that they need. We will redecorate and clean the nooks in about a week when we celebrate the coming of Autumn...

21 comments:

Mama Ruck said...

Looks like a peaceful place for your children to learn. Nice use of storage space!

Linda said...

Hello Jennifer,
You have such a wonderful learning space, it is so beautiful :) Thanks for sharing... Have a great weekend,

Warmly

Linda

Grandma said...

I love your dell. It is a great center for learning. It was nice seeing the poetry book on the shelf that I remember reading with you when you were a little girl Jennifer. And it is nice seeing the easel all refurbished. The dell is the perfect learning place!

Alicia said...

What a beautiful learning space :) Good luck for Ricky's wool, gets my vote!

Inoureyes said...

Oh, thanks for the inspiration. I love every photo. What it would be like to be a child in your house. Such a wonderful place to be

LillyZoo said...

Thank you for this post I needed some fresh direction with our space. Your space is wonderful and whimsical but very organized.

Tammy said...

Oh my goodness, what a lovely learning area. It looks just as peaceful as I imagined.

Your lifestyle seems so calming and soothing to me. Very inspirational...

Kelly said...

Hi Jennifer,
Such a beautiful, creative learning space!
Lucky, happy children.

Lisa said...

How beautiful and such a perfect learning space. And that wonderful new house of yours is so serene. It reminds me of a treehouse.

Lisa :)

s t a c y said...

Wow -- so inspiring!!

Thank you for coming by and commenting on my blog -- I'll be back to yours, too.

Blessings,
Stacy

themagiconions said...

I want to come and learn in the Dell! What a peaceful, calm, interesting, colorful, natural, loving, nature-inspired environment for learning. Your kids are so lucky. Thanks for sharing on Friday's Nature Table.
Blessings and magic.

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

Oh Jennifer, what a wonderful space! I love the bookcase with all the little nooks. Very much inspiring me to get finished up with school preparation and organization this next week. How nice for your family to enjoy living and learning there!

becomingheroes said...

Thanks so much for sharing your space. Its so beautiful!

Jen said...

So wonderful! Question though, where can one find a wooden carved divided bowl such as yours?

Tan Family said...

Hi Jen! Thanks for the question. We have all sorts of neat wooden bowls and trays with different shapes. We get these at thrift stores. Usually they are made out of wood from Hawaii or the Philippines. It's fun to be on the hunt for interesting wood bowls! :)

MamaRose said...

Jennifer, I absolutely love the space that you have created for your children. I really like the way it looks so encouraging to create.

Acorn to Oak said...

What a wonderful place to learn and grow! :-)

PrairieFrogs said...

What delightful spaces you create! Beautiful. Your school looks full of calm beauties. A meadow of serenity and learning-just as the name implies!

-Dell

www.homeschoolblogger.com/Dell

Beth said...

This is just beautiful! We have had fun allowing our homeschool to take over our dining area as well. Yours is very inspiring, thank you for sharing!

Kathleen Scott said...

The Dell is the kind of space we ALL need--stimulating, refreshing, practical, original, creative. I think every house should have a Dell to nourish the child in all of us.

Marina said...

Oh Jennifer, your Dell space is beautiful! I am inspired to rework our dining area today...

Thank you so much for sharing those photos! *off to bookmark this post*