Our School House

In this post: The building and painting of our schoolhouse.

Hello, Dear Ones! Finally, I’m posting about our schoolhouse that we built spring of 2016. I was waiting to make an awesome video but that hasn’t happened yet….so here’s an awesome blog post with just pictures. You get to scroll through and watch our schoolhouse come to life. It was really a project of love by our family.

But first, why build a schoolhouse? Most homeschool families don’t have a whole schoolhouse. Homeschooling is a very organic lifestyle. Kids sit around the kitchen table or study outside. It’s not as rigid as public school. That is the beauty of it all. So why recreate a traditional classroom? Well, our schoolhouse is more like an old-time one-room schoolhouse but I digress. It wasn’t built because we wanted something formal. No, the schoolhouse was built because Leeland needed a bedroom…hence the need to move our homeschool room somewhere else.

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Do we have “school” in the schoolhouse? Yes and no. Sometimes we do use the schoolhouse in a traditional way. We also use it for storage, movie time, camping, and even date nights and birthday parties. You may remember the Space Center I made for Leeland’s Space Party. I moved my “office” out there as well. We also still have school at the kitchen table and outside and on the road. Anywho, I’m so thankful to have such a beautiful place of creativity. Here’s how it all came together.

Spring 2016- Building & Painting

The Outside Finished

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The Process- Chris built it.

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Michael helping Grandad paint the outside

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The Inside- I painted the inside and did all the drawings. I also furnished and decorated it.

My Drawings/Paintings

  • Childrens’ book inspired wall & reading corner

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Dr. Seuss

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Winnie the Pooh

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Beatrix Potter

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A lovely reading corner

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  • Fantastical Portals Inspired Wall- The idea was to have rabbit hole like portals in a grassy hill. They lead to fantastical places from books and movies.

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Wonderland- the Caterpillar smoking on a mushroom and a card soldier painting the roses red.

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The 12 Dancing Princesses– This is one of my favorite fairy tales. The picture is of a gazebo with a glass ceiling under a starry sky. You can see the gold and silver leafed trees.

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Door to Moria (Lord of the Rings)- My favorite trilogy is the Lord of the Rings. This is the luminescent door to the mines of Moria. The Elvish writing is lit up in the moonlight.

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Narnia- the iconic lamppost in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

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Grassy Hill with portals and three crosses

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The Celestial City (Pilgrim’s Progress)– This isn’t finished still. I need to go over the verse in white so it is more visible. It’s on my to-do list even after two years!

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  • Under the Sea Inspired Wall- a wall full of seaweed, coral, and starfish.

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  • Large Chalkboard Wall- Chalkboard paint is awesome! The key is to season it well after it dries.

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Embellishments & Special Touches

  • Stained Glass Window and Bohemian Flaire

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  • Awesome Rugs

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Now

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We’ve added a few things over the years…like the alphabet mat.

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Chris fixing my typewriter.

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Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse. God bless & remember the High King lives!

~Amber Dover

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