Homeschool: Setting Up a Space

Gazing through Pinterest, I was stoked on setting up some magnificently adorable home classroom.  Turns out, you move around a lot throughout the school-year.  When one location became stagnant, and as the curriculum evolved, we would move.  We began in a dedicated homeschool space, decorated with banners and a calendar and a weather chart, partitioned from the rest of a bedroom with a room divider and large corkboard.  A cart held supplies and books and filing trays were installed on the wall.

 

Soon enough we moved out the the dining room.  It was a much larger work-surface and an all around bigger and more-opened up space.  The weather chart and calendar were extraneous, and without true necessity, not feasible to keep going. While many people (on Pinterest) adore their curated homeschool classrooms (and I do too), a large working area, a separate desk with enough working space for a computer and comfortable writing room, a large bin catch-all, filing system, a small bookcase, and a lap-sized whiteboard are really what I found to be all the we need.

 

We were able to easily pack everything away at the end of each school-day and on weekends.

 

Setting Up the Homeschool Space

 

From the internet “This classroom has been a labor of LOVE and something we have been working on for quite some time. Although the space is small and the ideas are simple, this is the classroom of my dreams.”

 

Again, big dreams, and looking back on these photos of spaces I am still marveling at the beauty of it, but everything disintegrated to a computer on a desk next to a pencil cup, a personal whiteboard, and the crate of folders. Shoutout to the small whiteboard for being MVP. Having a black and white printer was also useful.

 

At first I thought of it as a studio. That’s cool if you have a studio! Turns out, I don’t.

 

I figured I needed these components

    • Part 1: A Library / Media Center / Research Center
    • Part 2: A Garden
    • Part 3: The Classroom
    • Part 4: Supply Closet/Art

 

I figured that we would learn about different things in those different areas.  In all honesty you’ll be teaching in whichever area you can get everyone to sit down and pay attention in.

 

Still, the idea of having a little classroom is SO ADORABLE TO ME.

 

Look at those multicultiral dolls on top of the cabinet! And those exposed beams! That room is larger than it looks to fit a small dining table with two upholstered armchairs to still have enough room for another table and chair set and comfortable room to move around.  I don’t have any room like this in my house.

room1

I think I’m supposed to paint my homeschool classroom lime green! That desktop would have to be cleaned bi-hourly in real life.

room2

But where is all the STUFF?

room3

That would be nice, to ever have a life in which I have my own desk figured out. I can set something up but it soon becomes a home of piles. I could also see myself just swiping the entire marker caddy off of the surface in frustration over being forced into such a narrow space.

room4

I organized with a binder.  And even that was not entirely successful. I ended up using most Google Docs and eventually created this filing system.

Nothing stays this nice looking. NOTHING. But I would happily accept a large table with nice natural and artificial lighting, storage space against the wall, and a globe. In my opinion this seems like the most practical set-up. Could be because I haven’t attempted it in real life. But I know someone that has!

room5

This is straight-up dreamy here. A table to work at, that reading corner, multiple clipcboards could be a good way to organize current assignents by subect, and if you have enough supply cups then it’s possible to keep them organized…right? That bed is for me to nap.

room6

Pro-Tip: Make it Sturdy. Your hands are full not only with educating and having fun, but preparing it and cleaning it all up to, you can’t be propping everything back up.

 

  • Organization = Children expected to put everything back. Home life and School at Home Life aren’t the same, chill, relax, art project recreation style of living. You finish a lesson or activity, and everything goes back. As opposed to content spilling out.

 

Classroom: Statement Piece // Function ?

  • nope, just function
  • -photo of desk-

 

  • The Corkboard

  • If you’re a first-time homeschooler with an older kid, using an omnipresent authority can reduce negotiations.
  • After I collected everything, fully searching through (pinteresting), spreadsheet of website resources, and a google folder of notes, I am organizing it on a corkboard in front of me. This is the visualization (and declarations) of our homeschool. When you’re homeschooling one older elementary kid, like me, it’s a method to reduce perceived opportunities to negotiate. It’s on the board – here’s what you can expect.
  • Why are we doing things the way we are doing them? Because they’re listed, it’s official. The corkboard holds the rules.
  • After procedure was established, the corkboard was left to gather dust. I blame this on not properly installing it, as I would still want to use it. I’m going to install it.

 

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