Creating a specific learning space for homeschooling was very important to me. I wanted a space that is not only organized and functional, but comfortable and somewhere our boys would be proud and excited about spending time in. It was also a priority that their space be away from the day to day living spaces of the house, so that when school is over for the day, we can simply close the door.
I will be sharing ideas for setting up a homeschool space that have worked for us. I hope that in doing so, it will inspire and spark your imagination when creating your own homeschool classroom!
Organization is extremely important to successful homeschooling.
Hubby built their desk with file cabinets as supports. Each of the boys have their own, where we keep everything they need for the day. The bottom drawer contains all their science and art supplies, their top drawer holds all their basic supplies; pencils, markers, scissors, rulers, glue sticks, erasers, etc. The middle drawer contains their assignment files. There are two folders for each subject; 1) completed assignments and 2) assignments in progress.
This system has worked very well for us. We know exactly where everything is and it saves time when pulling out specific assignments that the school is requesting for work samples.
Speaking of work samples...
I pull all the worksheets to be done and any other material they will need the day before. I label each worksheet with the date of completion and the unit and lesson number for each assignment. All of this is placed on their desks under their desk blotters, ready for the next day. There is no scrambling around during the school day to find any work to be done. Once work is completed it is filed under the specific subject in chronological order for quick and easy access.
We’d get through math a lot more quickly everyday if my little didn’t insist on a drumroll before giving each answer.
It's time to study from your books
No bullies around to give you looks
Just the family gathered round
Learning at home safe and sound
Reading writing and a bit of math
I like learning where I take my bath
And even though she is our Mom
Our teacher is really the bomb
~The Renegade Poet
Letters and numbers on my screen
Colors of blue, yellow and green
Squares, circles and a triangle too
A puzzle where I can find a clue
8 sides on a stop sign
All these things I learn online
I push a button and wait a bit
I get anxious where I sit
But it’s all worth the wait
Cuz I think learning’s great
Here it comes my lesson is here
I hope I hear it loud and clear
It’s so great to learn like this
Wait a minute, what did I miss?
Slow down I’m a little behind
I got lost and cannot find
I promise I really care
But I get distracted when I spin my chair
What’s that? Your problem is the same?
You get caught up in a spinning game?
Let’s make a deal you and me
The spinning stops at the count of 3
1…2…3.. no more spinning
1…2…3.. we are winning
~The Renegade Poet
Although our boys are supplied with laptops to access their online classes and class assignments through the K-12 program, we opted to also make available the ACER Chromebooks Spin 11 for each of them.
One of the many benefits of homeschooling, is that your children are not limited to the rigidity of being at one desk all day.
These lightweight laptops, that double as iPads with a touchscreen, are perfect for work on the go.
My boys are free to take there work anywhere...on the couch, in their room, laying on the floor or even outside.
My boys loved the idea of naming their homeschool space,
"Home Sweet School".
We made it official by making this rustic stack of books.
This look can be simply created by ripping the covers off old paper back books, personalizing by using stamps on the spine of the books, then bundle the books together by tying them with raffia.
We wanted our space to not only be functional, but also reflective of our style of decor. It was important to me that our boys be a part of this process.
Our eight year old chose this statue, The Thinker. He said it was "cool" and that it would also remind them to be quiet when doing their school work.
It is imperative to us that our boys be as comfortable as possible while working. We found these adorable kid office chairs on castors, that adjust in height and swivel.
They are wonderful, come in fun colors and help with the little ones that have a hard time sitting still.
A nameplate is fun way to personalize each child's workspace.
My boys love the idea of having their own designated desks that brothers are not allowed to touch.
Adequate lighting while doing school work is a must. While our space gets lots of sunlight, these little desk lamps are perfect for rainy days, or getting a jump on the day before the sun has come all the way up.
Organize! Organize! Organize!
Hubby turned the closet of the classroom into our school supplies' shelf, using black pipe and pine wood shelves.
It keeps all our supplies organized and each child has their own designated space for all their school books.
My 3rd grader needed to make a wall display showcasing the math vocabulary words that he will be using this quarter. A bulletin board is a must for creating a space or assigned project without having to put dozens of pins in your walls.
This wireless, fun mouse is perfect for those small hands and fingers that may have a harder time worker the regular sized mouse of a laptop. They come in variety of fun characters and colors, making them appealing to the kiddos and the are wireless making them super kid friendly.