I can’t believe we started our new school year yesterday. It seems like it was a quick summer! Obviously because we school all year, it is a little bit shorter than normal breaks, and we have been working on school right along, but it was the start of adding in new curriculum, and that is always a fun time.
Last week I talked about school supplies, it is an important part of the year for us, getting new supplies and getting everything organized.
When I saw the state of our homeschool room, I realized I had a big job ahead of me (and it is still not done!).
We (I) tend to move rooms around a lot. We have three rooms downstairs that we alternate between a living room/dining room and an extra room. Last year our homeschool year started in the front room, which we currently use as our living room. So our homeschool room moved into the middle room, but that is now our dining room. Am I confusing you yet?!
I generally move rooms due to current life situations. Last year, Lucy was just 9 months when we started school, and not quite mobile, now she is almost 2 and needs to be contained.
Where does that leave the homeschool room? It is now in our red room. It is a great room for homeschooling because there are a lot of built in shelves, and that is a necessity for homeschoolers. Lots of shelves!
I have two white table desks for the kids to work on. I got the desks last year, and am incredibly happy with them. I didn’t want anything with a lot of drawers; I just wanted a clear workspace for them. They are probably a bit larger than most elementary kids need, but I figured the kids would grow into the desks. But, to be honest, they like to spread out when they work on anything, so if they have extra space, they end up using it.
I have some plastic drawers, which I have had since college, and I am repurposing these to hold some of our homeschool supplies; mainly crayons, markers, extra pencils etc.
The kids are still using their crates for their homeschool curriculum. It is the easiest way I have found to organize our homeschool curriculum for the kids. I have hanging file folders labeled with the different subjects and then the required resources the kids need to use in the file folders. Each of the kids has one crate, and that has worked well to keep everything contained.
I am considering getting a third crate this year though. Emma’s crate is packed pretty tight with books and other information that she needs. I think that I could potentially get a second one for Emma, or use the extra crate for all the “extra” subjects we teach – piano, art, music appreciation, money management, etc.
I have another book shelf in the homeschool room that holds my instructor’s guides, as well as the kids’ school books. We have a lot more school books, but I have them boxed up right now since we aren’t using them right at this moment. I tend to go through the books monthly to move things around, reorganize after the kids pull books randomly off the shelves, and make sure we are using everything we have out, and don’t need to add more to the mix.
The room is small, and is easily blocked off from Lucy – who likes to grab any book she can find and rip pages out.
The room is pretty tidy right now, which is good. It is never a picture perfect room, in order to do that I would have to stop life for a while to stage such a picture - not going to happen. But, the books are in order, the homeschool supplies are contained (albeit still in a laundry basket), and it is working!
I think that this is going to work for the fall, and then once December comes around, we will re-evaluate and see if I need to move things around again. The kids tend to gravitate towards the dining room table and living room couch in the winter, probably because those rooms are warmer!
Do you have a dedicated homeschool space? Or if your kids are in public school, do you have a space that they use for homework?