We recently moved from a 1600+ sq. ft. home into a rental house that’s about half that size. We had to downsize before we moved, and we still have so many things that don’t quite fit. Needless to say, there is no space for a homeschool room. Which is why I’m glad that a dedicated homeschool room isn’t required for effective homeschooling :)
So, I thought I would share our “homeschool room,” which is actually a series of spaces scattered throughout the house.
This bookshelf is located in our bedroom. The top shelf contains our homeschool “curriculum” (which I’ll share about soon). It also houses our dry-erase markers/wipes, etc. I have repurposed some old shoe boxes to hold things like art supplies, learning games, etc. I also have flash cards, kid-song cd’s etc.
The middle shelf has some games and puzzles, along with a few learning books. They also have a bookshelf full of books accessible to them anytime in their bedroom, but these are ones that specifically relate to lessons that we’ll be learning, or ABC books, and things like that. I have actually since moved out some of the notebooks on the bottom shelf and replaced them with some additional books. Huge score at my MIL’s goodwill–most books were only $.30!!! I got tons, and some were elementary school “reading” books and workbooks. So exciting.
On the bottom shelf are some notebooks (most of which have now been replaced by kid books), some random office supplies, art supplies, and my activity boxes. One thing I’ve learned about living in small spaces is that we’re always growing, changing, and rearranging. When this setup ceases to work for us, we’ll change and grow to somewhere else.
The Morning Board Area
We have little to no available wall space, except in the hallway. So, I set our morning time space up right in the hallway. We have a coat closet in the hall, and the inside of the door is perfect for my morning board. It fit perfectly, and it’s kind of nice that I can close the door when we’re finished as opposed to having our morning board hanging in the living room all the time. Yes, we have a US map on our hallway wall.
Also, we have boxes of stuff in the closet (when you reduce your living space by half…you end up with stuff in boxes! lol), but there is just enough room in front of them for a basket with all of our morning board necessities in the floor. So, it really is a perfect set up, and we all just sit in the floor during morning board time. It works for us right now.
The Kitchen Table
After our morning board time, we all migrate to the kitchen table. I go to the bookshelf in our bedroom and retrieve the items we need for our next lesson and carry them to the kitchen table where we work. It’s maybe a bit inconvenient…but remember, we have a small house, so we’re not that far away. Sometimes, if I’m feeling motivated the night before, I will get together everything we’ll need for the next day and put it all in a box and just take it to the kitchen all at once.
Update: We now use these workboxes so that I can easily get everything ready to go before hand.
The Great Outdoors
As much as possible, I try to plan activities that can be accomplished outside, while the weather is cooperating. This week, we’re excited to be helping daddy pick up acorns for work, and learning all about seeds and trees and nature.
And, there you have it…our “homeschool room.”