I'm new to this whole process and looking for advice on setting up a "classroom" that will still be usable home space. Small and limited space and have to figure out where to set up my DS desk.
We have a schoolroom, guess what never gets used? Lol.....we have 2 tv trays and do schoolwork either on the couch, or on my bed lol. Its just in us to spread all out and way more fun to do schoolwork laying down or sprawled out. I really only go into the schoolwork to hang up some ranndom assignment that ds wants to show off. I really might as well just have a bookshelf in my room as that where I plan and he does most of his schoolwork. Alas that is one compromise too many for dh ;)
by oredebAugust 22, 2013 at 11:03 PM
your son could just use the kitchen table if you need room, its also nice to have a bookshelp for all the books and you can put other homeschool things on it also in containers, a chalk board or white board is very handy and maps on the wall or in a book, you can make a notebook with charts you would usually put on the wall so if child needs help with handwriting he can look up the chart, or needs a map he can just look in the notebook, or anything else.
Hi kis! Welcome! :)
You really can homeschool anywhere. Desk, table, floor, bed, porch, chair, box, shelving top. So many places to utilize. If you cook or bake, you can use that for math and spelling and even some science. Reading is also utilized from having to read the instructions. :) You can tie in history by learning what food you are cooking/baking and find out who made it first, how long ago and voila! You have most of your basic subjects covered.
My living room is really long, so I was able to section off a "school" area. I have four kids and have way more stuff than I need, lol, so I purchased cheap pantries from walmart. (I have three)... to be able to keep baby and visiting children out of the school supplies.
Also in the school area is a really small kitchen table and a student desk. The student desk was just a really good find, so I threw it in there for my kindy and she loves it!!! It helps motivate her and was the best $5.00 I've spent.
I use the small oval kitchen table in the living room as "teachers" desk. We also keep library book bins (stackable) on this table so we don't lose library books. This table acts as my "staging" area for stuff I have to get out, organize, grade, or put away. It's also a good area for me to do my own planning.
This is working well for us... I can work with all the kids at the dining room table, I can work with one kid anywhere needed (couch, bean bags, "teacher's desk", kindy's student desk, etc..)... we can even easily take it outside because the school area is RIGHT beside the front door... yet the secional helps keep baby playing in the main area of the living room and usually out of my school stuff.
However, we've been in smaller spaces before, and have made do quite well with just working at the table or couch. It's helpful to have clipboards and dry erase boards that are lap size that can go anywhere with you. I love having my pantries. They were only $45 at walmart, but we had to "build" them because they are those cheap screw together kinds.
by kls32181August 24, 2013 at 8:38 PM
thanks for the ideas everyone!!!
My best advice is don't have a classroom because it will seldom be used. We have found that working at the kitchen table and in our living room is what works best for us. And of course this was after we set up our spare room as a classroom, it is still my favorite room in the house because the natural light in there is beautiful! For limited space we use a lot of baskets, bins and rolling carts so these can be placed wherever.
Lap desks and clip boards were the best discovery I ever made. My kids' favorite place to do school in the winter is on hte floor in front of the fire or in my bed! I tried desks and work tables when we first started and that is just so restricting! All of our reading is done on the couch, Math at the kitchen table or on the big whiteboard in the living room, and every thing else is done either outside or in the living room. My goal was to make our school look as little like "school" as possible after I figured out it was the "school" model that was the problem.