One of the most frequent questions I get about homeschooling is, “Do you have a specific room in your house where you homeschool?”
We are blessed to have an entire room that is dedicated to homeschooling and set up as a classroom. The previous owners of our house had an entire room off of the master bedroom as their sitting room. I was planning on turning it into the dreamiest of all dreamy closets (even though I don’t have enough clothes to fill an entire room), until I decided to change plans and make it the homeschooling classroom.
But, here’s the thing: you don’t need an entire room like we have to homeschool. In fact, you just need to create a “space” so that kids will understand the difference when you are learning and playing.
5 Tips for Organizing Your Homeschool Room (No Matter How Small Your Space Is)
1. Have a dedicated homeschooling space.
The dedicated space may be a room, an area in the basement or a table set up in the corner of your family room. It doesn’t need to be fancy or huge; it just needs to be designated as the learning space so that it sets the boundaries between “school time” and other play and family time. Also, try to use that space only for learning (and not for dinner or playing).
2. Keep homeschooling supplies handy.
The trick to keeping your homeschooling day organized and moving forward is having everything you need within arms reach. If you have to get up and hunt for pencils, crayons, and paper each time you need it, it will break concentration and can easily derail your homeschooling day (especially if you are teaching younger children). One thing that also helped us is that I put together a supply caddy just for my daughter. When she needs markers, scissors, glue, crayons, pencils or anything else for her lessons, she pulls out the caddy, finds her supplies and is on her way. At the end of the school day, she can put her own supplies back and store them back on the shelf. It also has a handle that is perfect for carrying around or for outside lessons or crafts.
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3. Make the learning space the right size for your children.
We have a normal size table where we do certain lessons together, but then we have a table and chairs the perfect size for my five year old. When she is doing independent lessons or crafts, she sits at her table. It makes her feel special to have her own table!
4. Keep your class clean and organized.
You know how quickly the toys or your kid’s room gets out of control? Well, the same thing can happen with your homeschooling space if you don’t stay on top of it. At the end of each learning day, everyone involved should spend time putting away items and cleaning the area so it is organized for the next session.
5. Include fun stuff in your school room to make it feel like their own.
Don’t forget to include some fun stuff in your area–a reading corner with fun pillow shapes or stuffed animals from their bedroom, or a bulletin board just for your child to hang things that she wants on there are all things that can make it more their own. I let my daughter decide how she wanted to decorate some areas of the room and where she wanted to hang things so that she felt invested in her learning space.
How do you keep the homeschool area organized at your house?
A version of this post originally appeared on LittleCooksReadingBooks.com
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