Today on the Lion’s Huddle, let’s talk Homeschool Rooms!
One thing I love about working with homeschool families is that everyone does it differently – and that’s ok! I enjoy seeing and hearing how each family makes homeschooling work so we can appreciate the unique approaches and hopefully get new ideas from each other.
Some families set up rooms that are special “homeschool rooms” while others find homeschool seeps through their entire home (I’ve seen those posters some of you put up in the bathrooms!). Today I gathered some pictures of some different homeschool areas that may give you some fresh ideas of how you can maximize learning in the space where you find yourself – whether that may be the kitchen table, the living room, or wherever you find yourself.
#1: Real Life
I started with this one because I feel it most accurately depicts what real homeschool looks like on a daily basis. I especially love the toddler still in PJs @ 11:10 in the morning and the
groceries on the back counter still not put away. Real Life!! And totally awesome, amazing and wonderful!
#2: Living Room Homeschool & Storage
This living room is a great example of storage options for homeschoolers. One key to organizing the ample educational materials that seem to come with homeschool is first finding
containers that fit the items (no small things in big containers and no big things overflowing little containers), then using identical several containers for efficient storage. You can see how this family has 6 identical totes under their coffee table, 3 matching buckets on top of their bookcase and the shelves each contain matching storage containers that all stack nicely together.
#3 – Hidden School
This family has learned the art of Hidden School. This works well when you can put all of the supplies for each student inside their own box that they can pull out, use and then put away.
This can also work well if you keep one subject in each box so you can pull it out and hide it away when you’re done.
Utilizing over the door shoe organizers is a great place to store all sorts of school supplies!
#5 Reading Nooks
One thing I hear pretty consistently from homeschool families is the inclusion of a reading nook in their home. This is a dedicated area where children can stretch out or cuddle up and enjoy a
good book. While we might not all have room for giant overstuffed cozy bean bags, you might consider a reading “tent,” reading hammocks, reading forts, or just a dedicated reading corner
with a special rug and access to books. We want to show our kids we value reading and making a special place for reading is one way we can do that.
#6 Homeschool Stations and . . . a Trampoline!
This is the homeschool room of Katie Wells, perhaps more commonly known as “wellness mama.” She shares about setting up her homeschool classroom but one thing that really stood out was her Trampoline!! Consider adding movement elements in your homeschool environment to keep the blood flowing and the wiggles at bay. One family I met with older students keeps 10 and 20 lb weights nearby for a quick exercise break between subjects. You can read about Katie’s room set up here: https://wellnessmama.com/58170/homeschool-classroom/
#7. Maybe all you need is a Tree. . .
Perhaps the most important consideration you might try out this week is nature. There’s been a lot of talk about Nature Deficit Disorder in today’s children and several researchers are now
saying that when reading, writing and other school work is done outside, the brain is more alert and receptive to information. Research is also showing us that when a student is sitting on the
grass or on a log, their body is receiving more sensory input than when they are sitting inside on a chair, and this input helps their body learn to regulate their entire sensory system.
So perhaps it’s time for a trip to the park to find a good reading tree!
Now it’s your turn!
We want to see your room and your tips and secrets to making homeschool work for your family.
Share with us pictures of your room, your table, your walls . . .open your cabinets and closets and let us see!! Post your pictures in the comments below.
We’ll be choosing some of your pictures to highlight on our future Lion’s Huddle!