How to Homeschool When You Have Don’t Have a Dedicated School Space
When you want to homeschool and are doing your research, I’m sure you come across the families with the fancy, super cool, school rooms where everything has a place and room to spare. Are you starting to think you can’t do this, or that you can’t go on because you don’t have a space like that? Don’t worry! For most homeschool families that isn’t the norm. Here is how you CAN homeschool with no dedicated homeschool space!
First let’s state the obvious, the dining room table. It makes a great desk and is great for projects. Use it to its full potential. Laptops can be used at the table as needed and it’s great for your teacher’s desk as well.
Next utilize your couch. Story time is great for snuggling on the couch. Video and DVD watching can be done family movie night style spread out and relaxed. The couch is also a great reading spot for reading on your own.
Don’t rule out the outdoors. You can take your homeschool outside ‘picnic’ style on the lawn. Use your outdoor patio set for many of the same reasons as your dining room table. You don’t have to be cramped indoors or in a formal school room setting. That’s the great thing about homeschooling.
Some families even homeschool in bed when mom is on bed rest for a pregnancy or just isn’t feeling well!
Your homeschool space can be flexible, science experiments can be done in the kitchen and even the bathroom. Closets are great for light and dark learning. Things like laundry and teaching how to cook dinner fall into a home economics lesson and all count as homeschool.
Now what about all that stuff you will need?! Getting a small book case that is 3 shelves is great for in the dining room to keep books and curriculum being used right now, handy. Milk crates are great to stack and store craft supplies and other items in.
Now think, where do you have extra space, under the bed? Use under the bed storage bins. In a closet? Use what you have totes, extra shelf space ect. Store your homeschool stuff in the basement, garage, storage shed or even the attic! Be creative!
Put a bookcase at the end of a hallway and store items on it for school. Use an extra cabinet or drawer in the kitchen.
The plus to not having a dedicated school space? Because storage space will be at a premium you won’t be so tempted to collect curriculum and things you won’t use. You will also be on top of what you don’t need any more to sell it and get it out of that storage space your desperately need.
What are your tips to homeschooling without a dedicated school space?
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