Greg found this white board for free and when we fed the missionaries one night, they helped him to hang it up. We love it!!
We cleared out our dining room and made it a school room. We put the Plan of Salvation on the white board so we could tie our lessons into it easier. I keep the Story that we read from the Friend open on the board so the boys can see what we talked about that morning during their day.
We set up a long folding table for the boys to share. They each have a side. I also write things on "their side" of the white board for them.
On the table we keep everyday school books and papers; a caddy with crayons, markers, scissors, glue and pencils and stickers for my to use while grading (I also sit at the table facing the boys when I need to be close to them while they work); we keep a tissue box and plenty of hand sanitizer handy; their scriptures and scripture journals (which are always left out and not in the school book pile).
It helps to have an artist in the house - Greg drew this "place value barn" for Josh. It was so cool. Liv thought the animals were all dogs and would point and bark each time she saw the drawing. :)
FYI, for school, we love:
Schoolhouse Rock DVD
Google Earth (we are marking temples in the lands we study so we can literally see how the temples "dot the earth")
Math U See blocks
Now, I know that most families don't have a formal room. That is okay! We chose to do this because I needed the structure and we wanted to keep the "formal education" feel for the boys. Homeschooling will doubtfully be a permanenet thing for our family. One day the boys will go back to public school and I want them to be prepared to sit at a desk with other students.
Keep in mind that we do not sit all day. This is homeschool, after all. :)