Creating and organizing your home classroom can be a daunting task, but not an impossible one. Read below to get a few ideas on how to get started.
One of the things that puts people off of homeschooling their kids is the prospect of having to set up a home classroom. The pressure is doubled for those who don’t necessarily have a lot of space to dedicate for this purpose. However, there are some things you can do to create an organized homeschool area for your child even if you don’t have a big house or a specific allotted space for the classroom.
Below are a few suggestions to help you get started.
Consider spreading your learning area throughout the house.
If you don’t have space for one schoolroom in your home, you might want to consider integrating your school all throughout the home. You can set up a desk in your child’s bedroom and the computer in the living room. The dining area can also serve as a workstation for your child. Breaking up the learning area into different parts of your home can also be helpful for your child so he or she gets a change of scenery, as staying in one room for a long period of time can be quite monotonous, especially for younger kids.
One family has also found through their experience that learning mixed well with their everyday life and as a result, made the school a part of their living space. This works well for those who, like this family, have a small home with the living room, dining room, and kitchen all within a few feet of each other.
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Another inspiration would be this Live and Learn Studio.
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Unused closets can be converted into a learning area.
You might not have an extra room to use as a home classroom, but what about a closet? This family has found a way to convert a closet into a personalized desk space. This all-in-one space contains a desk and shelves that is perfect for organizing everything a student needs: pencils and crayons are organized in containers, bookends keep books in line, and a towel bar is used to store a large roll of paper for crafting projects. Decorating with a little bit of paint and a few pieces of the child’s interests (in this case, sports paraphernalia) made it a highly personalized space for the student – one that he can actually look forward to spend time studying in.
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Build and organize desks for small spaces
If you have a small space you can allot for a learning area, such as a corner of your living room or a small area in your hallway, you can customize and build your own desks to fit it. You can use two pedestal cabinets and place a strong flat surface across the top to create a simple desk with storage for your child’s supplies. Another great idea is this two-sided desk assembled from an unfinished bookcase, a board, and two pairs of legs which provides a great solution for two students – and the whole structure is only 5 feet long.
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You can also either buy or build your own Murphy desk, which is great for those who have limited space – you can fold it out when you need it and can disappear into the wall when you don’t. It’s very useful and the upside is it’s also easy to make yourself.
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Give your homeschool supplies a home
Whether it’s a bookcase, a big plastic bin, a closet, or a chest of drawers, make sure you give your homeschool supplies a specific place to live. It will also help if you keep the same items together – pencils in one container, crayons in another, etc. This will keep the mess to a minimum and your sanity intact. There are various items that you can use to keep your stuff organized, such as mason jars, wicker baskets, accordion file folders, ring binders, crate seats, and more.