Once upon a time, there was a beautiful queen who lived in a castle with her beloved princesses and her handsome king. In this castle, she had a lovely room set aside for the adorable princesses to do their school work. But, alas, the room was neglected most of the time and the princesses chose to lie upside down on couches or underneath tables or on trampolines or with the cat instead. The queen, who never let a little thing like her children roaming to all parts of the castle and making messes as they traveled bother her, learned to accept the fate of her wondrous homeschool room. She only forced them to enter it to gather their work and to return it when completed. In her loveliest dreams, this happened daily and was always done neatly. In reality, she spent every day reminding the lovely princesses to “put your books up” and “did you do turn in your Biology?”.
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Each day the beautiful queen sent the handsome king off to work with a smile and a peck on the cheek. She began her day by sweetly calling to the charming princesses to wake up and eat their breakfast. At nine a.m. (or some time about that when the oldest princess finally made her way downstairs) they would all enter the castle library to begin their day.
Chapter 1: The Library Homeschool Room
The queen would begin their day in a room filled with mountains of books and bookshelves that the king insisted were far too many for any normal castle (but, the king was known for his little jokes and the queen ignored him and continued buying books and bookshelves, as was her want).
The lovely princesses would sit, roll, lie, curl up and flop on their royal bean bags while their charming minds were filled with a knowledge of ancient history, character development, geography, and art.
And the desks that the queen had worked so hard to procure, sand, paint and even cover with dry-erase paint sat forlornly to the side – neglected except for their use as a storage bin.
Chapter 2: The Parlor Homeschool Room
As all worthy castles must have, a parlor was located just adjacent to the castle kitchen. The queen knew this room was utterly useless to the smooth running of a castle household but was supremely excited to convert it into a homeschool room for the adorable princesses.
She ordered the castle woodworker (Mr. WorldMarket) to build a table for her magnificent homeschool room. On this table, the queen laid out the copywork for the week for her darlings to copy, study, and eventually dictate back to her. Behind the table were the queen’s personal lockers. But, instead of royal jewels, her most precious possessions were living history books, math activities, biology answers and Latin declensions. No one, not even the castle guard, was allowed access to this treasure haven.
Next to the queen’s lockers was the art cart (the queen was a big fan of assonance). Again, the carpenter, Mr. WorldMarket, provided the queen with a handy rolling cart that she quickly filled with chalk pastels, watercolors, paints of all sizes, cleaning wipes (that were atrociously named Boogie Wipes) and magazine holders full of books and supplies she needed at a moment’s notice.
Adjacent to the art cart was the science cupboard. In this cabinet, all things related to important scientific experiments could be found, such as Borax, Elmer’s glue, microscopes, slides of dead skin cells, and even a few owl pellets.
Along the opposite wall of the castle’s homeschool room was where the queen meticulously stored all the homeschool room supplies. Everything from graph paper to glue sticks to glitter glue could be found in one of the drawers or jars. It was the “apothecary of school supplies” and it made her happy just to look upon it. For, according to castle lore, there was never such a time that the homeschool room did not have more supplies than was ever needed thanks to the castle procurer, Mr. Prime.
The queen worked tirelessly to keep her little dumplings from being bored and provided them with multiple avenues for mind-challenging entertainment. From her favorite math game, Sleeping Queens, to the imaginative Story Cubes her children were always learning, even if they had no idea.
And lastly, the queen provided the princesses with cubbies to hold all their books and notebooks. The queen never was irritated when the adorable princesses asked where their math book was even though the cubbies were labeled by subject. She never once threatened to send them to the dungeon if she walked over and found the mysteriously missing history book in the cubby labeled history and she certainly never ranted that she was the only one ever to put anything away. She was a beautiful and regal queen, after all.
Yet, with all the lovely homeschool rooms the queen provided her darlings, it seemed they were forever found working in the dining room, or in the living room, or even outside in a lawn chair. So, the queen reluctantly accepted these moments for the beauty of homeschooling and went to read a book with her dutiful jar of Nutella.
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