Hey Homeschool Mommas,
Should you have a separate school room? Or should all learning take place naturally around the table or on the couch?
Well, there’s no right or wrong answer to these questions. The answer is “it depends.” It depends on you, your house, your children, and the flow of your homeschool days.
For me the answer is yes, I absolutely should have a separate homeschool room. Yes, very much, yes.
And I’d like to make the case that having a dedicated homeschool area is so beneficial. I’ll give you 3 reasons why you might want to consider jumping on the bandwagon and creating your very own homeschool space.
3 Reasons I Love Having a Dedicated Homeschool Room
There’s nothing quite so helpful in getting my kids to focus than when I take them to the homeschool room with me. That’s when they know it’s time to pay attention and get some things done. The school room doesn’t have toys or other distractions. Rather, it’s full of books and curricula and art supplies. Learning can happen elsewhere, but our most productive learning is always done in our school room.
The room is full of bookshelves, desks, tables, benches, bean bags, and canvas tubs. Everything is carefully organized, put in colorful binders, placed on shelves, or tucked away in drawers. Guess what this means? I rarely lose stuff (yes, sometimes it still happens). But I find that I misplace things much less frequently than when I used to have school strewn about the house. It’s nice to open a drawer and know that the math book is inside or reach over to the book shelf and grab the atlas sitting there.
My school room usually looks like a total disaster area. There are art projects piled on the art table amid splatters of paint and puddles of glue. The large table in the middle is usually piled high with books, curricula, pencils, marker boards, and projects. The bookshelves are full to bursting with books and teaching aids. Sometimes there are even stacks and piles on the floor. I try to clean as I go but it doesn’t always happen. I love that my mess is contained and doesn’t spill over into every other room in the house. The rest of my house can be somewhat clean and partially clutter free.
If you have the space, I definitely recommend having a dedicated room for homeschooling. All of your books and supplies can stay in one place! It’s amazing!
It can also help both you and your kids stay on track and be focused on learning. This means that you are crazy efficient!
But what if you don’t have the space to have a separate room for homeschooling?
Well, I still recommend having a dedicated homeschool space – even if that means you use the kitchen table. You can still be creative in establishing and organizing that space. Try using a separate cabinet or shelf that is only for homeschool supplies.
In our first home, I homeschooled at our kitchen table but I had an amazing (and adorable) green cabinet that held books and school supplies. When we were done with school for the day, everything could be placed right back on the shelves and I could close the cabinet doors. It kept my house from feeling overly cluttered and it kept little hands out of our supplies.
I’ve tried the concept of homeschooling wherever we are in the house, but do you know what happened to us? I lost everything – books, pencils, glue, and papers. I could not keep track of a single thing.
Having a dedicated homeschool area has solved all of my organizational issues and it helps our homeschool day flow more smoothly.
My homeschool room has changed over the years (with 7 moves), but I always make sure to establish a homeschool area in each of our homes. It is absolutely one of the best things I have done in our homeschool.
If you’d like some inspiration for your own homeschool space, be sure to take a tour of our many homeschool rooms over the years!
Tess @ Circling Through This Life
Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler
Lexi @ Lextin Academy
Karen @ My Harbor Lights
Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker
Joanie @ Simple Living Mama
Lisa @ Home to 4 Kiddos
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Back to Homeschool Giveaway
Stock your homeschool shelves with this awesome giveaway!
Several members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew have joined forces during our August Back to Homeschool Blog Hop to bring you these incredible giveaways, totally more than $1300 in homeschool curriculum and Paypal cash!
Grand Prize Giveaway
In the Grand Prize Giveaway, someone will win $765 in curriculum, plus $150 in Paypal cash to help you finish up your homeschool shopping! You could win all of the following. Please click on the prize links to learn more about each product. From Home School Adventure Co. — Philosophy Adventure–Pre-Socratics and Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal (digital editions) From Diana Waring Presents –Experience History Through Music From Writing with Sharon Watson – The Power in Your Hands: Writing NonFiction in High School and Writing Fiction [in High School] From Homeschool Legacy — Westward Ho I & Westward Ho II Once-a-Week Unit Studies From The Old Schoolhouse Magazine — One-Year Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com From Shining Dawn Books — Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Bundle (Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Loving Living Math, Grammar Packets, and Creative Nature Walks) From Memoria Press — Latina Christiana I Set From Excelerate Spanish — Excelerate SPANISH DVD Lessons 1-6 From WriteShop — Winner’s Choice of WriteShop Primary Book A, B, or C (Teacher’s Guide + Activity Pack) From New Millennium Girl Books — Isabel Writing Bundle From Write Bonnie Rose — Asia: It’s People and History From Home School in the Woods — Project Passport: The Middle Ages From NotebookingPages.com — Lifetime Treasury Membership From Victus Study Skills System — Victus Study Skills Student Workbook & Teacher Edition Bundle From the Schoolhouse Review Crew bloggers — $150 Paypal Cash
2nd Prize Giveaway
In the 2nd Prize Giveaway, someone will win $325 in curriculum, plus $100 in Paypal cash to help you finish up your homeschool shopping! You could win all of the following. Please click on the prize links to learn more about each product. From Home School Adventure Co. — Philippians in 28 Weeks, The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Question, and The Wise Woman Print Set (digital editions) From Writing with Sharon Watson — Jump In: a workbook for reluctant and eager writers From Home School in the Woods — K-2 Lap-Pak: Knights From Write Bonnie Rose — Printables Bundle (Writing Prompts About Space Bonus Pack; Revolutionary War Activities: Patriotic Copywork; Revolutionary War Activities for Kids: Puzzles, Games, and Quizzes; Praying Through the Produce Aisle; Summer Olympics and Paralympics Unit Study) From Excelerate Spanish — Excelerate SPANISH DVD Lessons 1-6 From Memoria Press — Prima Latina Text Set From New Millennium Girl Books — Callie’s Contest of Courage Mid grade novel and Callie’s Contest of Courage Literature Guide From The Old Schoolhouse Magazine — One-Year Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com From the Schoolhouse Review Crew bloggers — $100 Paypal Cash