We are very fortunate to have an actual school room in our home. When we made the commitment to homeschool, we converted our dining room into a school room and haven’t looked back. It was a great decision to give up that rarely-used dining room and create a room that would benefit all of us on a daily basis.
Where Do The Little People Do Their Work?
While we don’t try “to do public/private school at home”, we did want our children to have their own desks. Everyone needs their own space to store their own supplies, and a traditional school desk fits that idea beautifully.
We bought these desks from a school that was closing. They were $15 a piece – they have tons of years left in them, so I thought that was a steal.
My 5yo and 3yo usually sit beside each other near the window:
My 7yo and the baby’s desk usually sit together in the middle of the room. I need close access to them both for different reasons. Does the baby (20 months) ever sit in her desk, you ask? Actually, she does. She loves to color and glue and she can usually be occupied in her desk for 5-8 minutes. Not bad for a little person!
Where Is Mama’s Space?
Teachers/Mamas need a spot for their things as well, so we purchased this long table at the same school sale where we bought the desks. It takes up a large amount of space in our small room, but I don’t think I could do without it. I use it with my kiddos – we spread out file folder games, do puzzles, play with pattern blocks, or go over spelling words.
My desk always contains several items. In the blue bin on the far left, I keep the notebooking pages we’ll use for the week, our file folders where I store my children’s work for the week, and my clipboard which holds my schedule.
In the middle of the desk is my silver container which holds our file folder games and pens/pencils/scissors in the front compartment.
On the right side of the desk in the pink basket is our small-but-growing collection of Busy Bags. (Side Note: I just hosted a Busy Bag party – so much fun!)
Where Do You Store Your Homeschool Materials?
We use the expedit Bookshelf from Ikea. And oh my is it a fabulous shelf. In a later post, I’ll write about how our shelf is organized.
I bought the plastic blue shelf inserts to go along the bottom row of the bookshelf. They house all of our crafty supplies: glue, pipe cleaners, paint.
Because the bins are heavy when they’re full, the baby can’t pull out everything and mark up the walls.
Because she would never do that. Sigh.
(See all of those marks above her Little People? The bottom of every wall in our downstairs looks like that. No, I’m not kidding.)
So this is where we’ll do a lot of our school this year! We migrate around the house to the dining room table and the office, but we mostly try to stick around our school room. We all love the room and like learning together.
Do you have a school room? What’s your favorite thing about it?
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