As Rosanne Dillon reaches the second-story landing of her new home near Missouri City, she announces in an ambiguous tone, “Here’s the home-school room.”Built-in shelves are filled with books and puzzles for her 4-year-old daughter Madison. Another area now has side-by-side built-in computer desks — one for mom and one for daughter — with a filing cabinet and pull-out shelf to use as a writing surface. Overhead cabinets offer storage space and undercabinet lights illuminate the area perfectly.
It’s a well-organized work space built with home-school in mind, but this isn’t the home-school room.
Dillon puts her hand on a shelf and slowly pushes it back. The entire unit swings on its hinges like something straight out of a Sherlock Holmes novel and opens up to what is the Dillons’ “secret” home-school room, a colorful and welcoming learning environment.
While designing her home, Dillon made sure the floor plan would make the spaces for home and school feel distinctly separate.
Can you imagine how many homeschooling families the reporter had to go through to find this one!
Dillon said she wants to keep her setup flexible until she figures out Madison’s learning style. This is Madison’s first year of school.
As if I couldn’t have guessed. Actually, I know realize that the reporter didn’t contact homeschoolers but architects or interior designers to find out if they have done any work for homeschoolers or if they were homeschoolers.
Lorraine Maxwell, an associate professor at Cornell University’s Design and Environmental Analysis Department, said it’s probably best that the school and living spaces are kept separate to help children distinguish school and play time.
And in which setting is education supposed to occur?
Still, most of their home-school area is in the family’s loft. One wall has a cork board and white erase board for posting sample work and teaching. There’s a big working table and a day bed and glider chair for the kids to cozy up in while they read.
I don’t know, this is getting dangerously close to mixing home and school environments.
Above the kitchen area is a loft which serves as the home-school area for the couple’s 7-year-old son Luke. Judy designed the loft to take advantage of the extra ceiling space.
So now everyone thinks that you have to have a special place/environment to homeschool. I guess the reporter didn’t manage to interview any unschoolers or homeschoolers who don’t have any other options than the kitchen table at which to do their “school work.” I can see it now, all these professional designers marketing their services to homeschoolers. At least the homeschoolers in River Oaks will have someone to consult on their design decisions.