Homeschooling can be done in a wide variety of ways. Where you choose to homeschool is no exception! Some families do school at their dining table, others in a family room, and some choose to have a room set aside in their house specifically for homeschooling. I chose to set up a classroom in our house.
The main reason I opted to designate a room as a classroom was to contain the mess, and avoid having to drag out and put away our books everyday. Our dining area doesn’t have room for bookshelves. If we used the dining table, I would need another room to store our homeschool materials in anyway.
Before homeschooling we had a play room set up for the kids, but they never used it. They would always bring whatever toys they wanted to play with out of the play room to play. So we decided to ditch the play room. Toys were moved into each child’s bedroom and we had an open room to convert to a classroom (and my office). So, here is how I organized our classroom!
As you can see, it’s not a really big space so I try to keep it organized to make it function well for us. One of my favorite features is our desk. Currently, I’m only homeschooling one child so this may or may not work for you. If in the future there are more children to homeschool, I might change it up a bit. I’ll keep the same concept, but maybe square.
I purchased our desk from Ikea. They have desk options that allow you to pick from various size desk tops and different “leg” options. You can see here I designed our desk so Grasshopper and I sit on opposite sides facing each other. I chose two sets of drawer style legs. We each have one set of drawers for our side of the desk. My side has some smaller drawers and a bigger one on the bottom I can use to hang file folders in. Grasshopper’s side of the desk is all smaller/medium sized drawers. He uses them to store all his art supplies in.
Next to my side of the desk I have a bookshelf filled with our textbooks, binders, reference books and supplies we use on a daily basis. Everything I need is in reach! I also store our globe, and microscope on top. Literature books are also on this bookshelf.
Behind me on the wall I have two magnetic white boards (and a small one that I take down for Grasshopper to use) The white board on the top is the one I use while teaching. The Second one is for the interactive kit for our reading and spelling. This one is lower because Grasshopper needs to use all those letter tiles for his lessons.
The last wall in our classroom contains another bookshelf, used primarily as a library of sorts. It’s filled with both picture books and a lot of read alouds we will get to eventually! And of course, what classroom would be complete without some artwork?
So there you have it! Our little classroom is working well for us. One more trip to Ikea to organize the closet into a great storage space and it will be complete!
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