The SchoolBarn, Something I will Miss

Oct 12, 2012 | Homeschooling | 17 comments

I am starting to really get emotional about the house.
Each room holds a million memories.  
Tiny voices.
Tiny cries.
Big dreams.
A room that we will never be able to duplicate is “The Schoolbarn”.  The Schoolbarn is part of our unqiue, attached garage.  It’s a 2.5 car garage.  One stall is the original carriage house, I imagine and the other 1.5 was added in the 30’s.  It’s right off the kitchen… just a step down.  It has wood floors, walls and ceiling and about 3 years ago we cleaned it out, painted everything, including the back of the garage door (with chalkboard paint) and made it… “The SchoolBarn.”
We love it.
I never wanted to be the Momma with homeschooling crap stewn all over the dining room or kitchen so it has worked perfect for us. (Truth be told I NEVER wanted to Homeschool until I had a major change of heart). There is a heat vent for the winter and in nicer weather we open the door and school in the fresh air.
It is so unique and so wonderful.  It gives the kids a sense of “going to school” and yet I can go around the corner and re-heat my coffee in the kitchen without skipping a beat. 
We gave our school the name “Whole Heart School”  (for loving the Lord with our whole heart) and we will take that name with us… but I doubt there will ever be another 
And I will cry pretty hard in a couple weeks when we hold our last class in it.
First day of the 2012 school year.

School – en plein air

I absolutely love teaching the kids – it’s the hardest thing I have ever done, but I love it.


  1. Cheryl M.

    Oh, I love this post! And your kiddies are so adorable!!

  2. Priscilla

    Get ready to make new and wonderful memories. It’s going to be wonderful!

  3. Mandy

    ah , change is hard, even good change. i love seeing your school room, you must do that curriculum/school info post soon. i am one of those moms that does it in the dining room. i would LOVE a school room, but alas, 6 people in 1500 sq ft just doesn’t allow for it. i am praying God sees fit to bless us with a bigger house and some land.i am sure you will do amazing things in the new place<3

  4. Mandy

    eeekkk!!! saying i do it in the dining room probably should have been rephrased…;)

  5. savvycityfarmer

    a genius concept … genius … just like those children

  6. savvycityfarmer

    a genius concept … genius … just like those children

  7. Elissa

    Oh Angela…those memories will stay with you forever. Just think now you have the opportunity to make many new ones. Just imagine how wonderful they’re going to be. Change is never easy but with time it does get better. You are truly blessed to have been able to do all the things with your family that you have done. You’ll continue that on your new farm and it will only enrich your life even more. Hang in there girl…the best is yet to come. πŸ™‚

  8. Elma

    So excited for you!!! Love the schoolroom and your little ones are soooo cute!!!

  9. Sopa Azul

    Your children are lucky to have parents like you. A big hug from Spain!!

  10. Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio

    HOW did I find your blog…I do not know. Reading your about you made me laugh because I am you only older…much much older πŸ™‚ my babies are grown.
    Thrilled that you have found your halfway farm and will be stopping back to hear about your progress.

  11. Sandi~A Cottage Muse

    I’m sure you are taking some last minute photos to adorn your new school room with! Sounds like a good project to do with the kids!

  12. lissyparkerltd

    Love the School Bsrn-maybe you can create it in a real barn soon.
    xo, Lissy Parker

  13. sweetvintageofmine

    I commend all you parents who “school” your children…it’s awesome! If I had it to do over, I would have home schooled mine. BLESSINGS to you! Roxie

  14. Heather's Blog-o-rama

    Your kids have the sweetest smiles πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Cherish the memories of this house…but I’m excited to see what new adventures God is going to bring your way at this new place πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather πŸ™‚

  15. Jen Orsini

    What a wonderful memory your children will have of this barn. But seriously, since you were able to craft this gorgeous space, have the confidence that you will come up with another way to get the job done when you move. You just haven’t figured that out yet! I’m new to your blog, but I am having alot of fun catching up with your posts.

  16. Susan Hawthorne

    Memories of your adorable home can never be taken away from you, but you are on to a new adventure- a dream that you have held close for many years! I am sure that you will find your new “schoolbarn” to be just as precious at the new farm. You’ll come up with something even better! Just wait and see. Susan at Romancing the Home

  17. Γ  la parisienne

    Love the school barn. I totally agree about not wanting to mix a school room with another room in the house, so last year when we started homeschooling, we transformed the old “parisienne salon” into a music/school room.
    We ditched the diningroom and made it into the new “parisienne salon.”
    Of course, an extra room or a garage would have been better, but I was determined to make it work.

    I love the painted shiplap (spelling?) in your school barn.
    I have no doubt you’ll create a pretty school room in your new home.



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