Yes, I realize that it has been almost an entire year since we moved, but as you might guess, I have been a little bit busy since then. That is why it has taken me so long to put this tour of the new homeschool space together for you.
But better late than never, right?
To be honest most of the details of this room are the same as our old room. We didn’t do a makeover, we simply moved things to another space. Ah but what a space it is!
You see I had given up on having a homeschool room. We were moving for a very specific purpose — we wanted either property or a neighborhood for the kids to play in. After looking for a while it became apparent that we might have to give some things up in order to get what we were after. Before we found this house we were ready to sign with a builder and the house we were planning on building was not going to have a space for a schoolroom.
We were OK with that.
Fortunately the day we were going to sign the papers we decided to look one more time to see if there was something on the market we had missed. And there was. We found the perfect house for us that had everything we wanted — schoolroom included.
Do you really need a schoolroom?
In short, the answer to this question is, “No.” There are a ton of homeschoolers who homeschool quite successfully without a room at all. Mostly what you do need is someplace to put all the “stuff” that seems to accumulate with homeschooling — curricula, books, papers, books, art supplies, books… You get the idea.
Those can be contained on a few shelves, in a closet, or even in flat storage containers that might slip under a couch or a bed.
Your homeschool room needs are going to change
This is something important to consider. When I first started homeschooling 10 years ago you could not convince me that we didn’t need a dedicated space. This past year I was willing to trade that space for something we wanted more. It was no longer quite as vital to me as it had once seemed.
And that’s the deal, already kids wander off to do assignments in their rooms or we leave the school area and move to the dining room so a kid can take an online class. The older the kids get the more we seem to spread out all over.
Thinking back to when I had a toddler it was important that we be in the middle of the house so we weren’t far from all the places he wanted to be. We tried down at one end — he wanted to go to his room at the other end. We tried upstairs — he wanted to be downstairs. You just have to find what works, and then realize it is probably going to change.
Homeschool room organization
In addition to storage space (in our room that is shelves and cabinets), you also need a good writing surface and chairs for everyone.
We find baskets, bins, and file organizers to be really handy along with a space specifically for every person. Add pencils, a pencil sharpener, computer and printer and we have just about what we need.