Our Homeschool Room

Do you have a school room? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dreamt of having a room set aside just for school.

Oh, the maps I could hang up! And the dry erase boards, the chalk boards! And don’t forget the charts….ABC’s and 123’s. And don’t even get me started on book shelves. I’ve always been a huge fan of books. I’ve dreamt of having a library in my home for years where the walls are covered with books from top to bottom (and one of those cool ladders that roll in front of the book shelves, I’m a librarian at heart!)

But I don’t.  I don’t have a school room. Not even a library or study. We have more of a school house or yard, or car, you get the idea. And it’s been this way for almost 8 years and it has worked just fine.

You do not have to have a school room. No matter how nice that may be, it’s not necessary.

We live in a rather small house, about 1,200 square feet and we homeschool in all 1,200 square feet of it!

Even though we do not have a specific area to do our work in, we do have designated storage areas.

Our main storage area for everyday work is in our kitchen/dining room.

 

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I used to use this to display dishes we never used, along with other keepsakes, while we tried to keep our everyday school work in crates or on a small shelf that really was not designed to hold books, folders, paper, etc. It was frustrating to say the least!

After being beyond frustrated with our whole set up I finally decided to pack away those dishes we never used, along with the keepsakes, and convert this cabinet into our school cabinet. This has worked very well for us.

This cabinet, like everything else, gets disorganized and every other month or so, we have to reorganize it.

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This is where we keep most of the things that we work on daily. I keep all of my preschooler’s work along with all of my teacher’s books in here.  My senior keeps most of her work in her room and my 10 yr. old keeps some of his things in his room as well. I do have more storage in our laundry room where all of our other books and materials are kept.

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This tiny little space at the end of our counter is supposed to be designated for all the completed work. I love to have a space designated for completed school work so that  I can check it throughout the day and evening (and it keeps it in front of me so I will not forget to check their work ;-).

I also have this dry erase board hanging up on the only free wall (which is very small) in our kitchen. We do not use it everyday so this works ok.

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As far as our actual work area goes, my senior does most of her work in her bedroom. My son does some independent work in his bedroom. We meet at the kitchen table when he needs help. Of course this is where I work with my preschooler most of the time as well.

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The best set up we have for our preschooler is an extra end table that we do not use and this old little rocking chair. This table and chair gets moved from room to room, wherever it’s most convenient for the moment.

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Keeping our school things in the kitchen really is the most convenient place for me since that is where I am most of the time, besides, good things happen in there!

Don’t get discouraged if you do not have a special room set aside for your schoolwork. It would be nice, however, in reality, if we had one, we would probably only use it for our supplies. I have a feeling that we would still be all over the house because we do our learning all over the place.


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20 thoughts on “Our Homeschool Room

  1. We have had a school room on and off and we never used it for anything other than storage. I’ve hung up maps and timelines and all other manner of things in our hallway and that has worked just fine for us. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your world!

    1. Thank you, Michelle, for taking the time to read this! I guess when it boils down to it, one of the reasons we homeschool is so that we won’t be stuck in one room all day, isn’t it.

  2. Love this!! We don’t have a school room either and I homeschool my daughter for preschool right now. One thing that has helped me is buying a large tri-fold and putting all her flash cards and large posters on that. That way I can fold it up and put it away at the end of the day and it’s not taped to my walls hah

  3. I ADORE catching a peek into other family’s homeschool rooms where the learning happens. We’ve used our room or other rooms in the house through the years depending on our needs. I love having a room where it’s all organized and put away though.

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  4. I do not home school but I am a teacher – and yes, I loooove to organise everything too! I am actually possibly about to leave my class room job and start up my own teaching business here in Australia. This would mean I would lose my beautiful classroom! I am already planning the new way of doing things. I love your set up, thanks for sharing.

  5. Since my daughter we don’t have any extra rooms and we don’t home school but when we did have a playroom it was really nice. I have to be honest that I am afraid of homeschool but I have a feeling that there may be a day that I need to home school my middle daughter. I pray that if that day does come I am prepared and disciplined like all the homeschool mommies I see. I am so glad you got your school room!

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