Where To Homeschool & My Top 3 Organization Tips

It’s the middle of August. The school supply aisles have been in full swing for several weeks now. Anticipation is building. School is starting soon!

Many people are curious about the nuts and bolts of how schooling at home really works. Granted, it is different for every family, and that is part of the beauty of it. Maybe you’ve thought about homeschooling, but you were intimidated by the beautiful and spacious homeschool spaces on pinterest or mommy blogs. There is good news – there is no one right place to “do” homeschool.

Let’s talk about where in the house you can homeschool. Maybe you will be inspired to get your space ready for your littles… wherever that space may be, however tiny or large, beautifully decorated or utilitarian.

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Option 1: Homeschool Room

Having a whole room you can dedicate to school may work for some. When we were just starting out, we were able to use one of our extra bedrooms as the place where we did school. The kids were little and didn’t require lots of curriculum choices, so the supplies and books were at a minimum. We had little desks and kept the crayons and manipulatives in there. The beauty of a homeschool room is that you can shut the door, and the chaos {usually} does not have to take over the entire house.

The "Where" of Homeschool

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Here are some beautiful homeschool rooms from around the web.

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via It’s Just Laine
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via thehandmadehome.net
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via confessionsofahomeschooler.com

Option 2: The Kitchen Table

In our last house, I had the homeschool area set up in the basement with bookshelves, supplies, and a big table, plus several smaller school desks. Guess what? Everyone migrated upstairs to the heart of the home – the kitchen table. We just liked being together.

So this year, I’m planning on just using the kitchen table again.

The "Where" of Homeschool

Remember, you don’t have to have a dedicated homeschool room!  Just use the space you have.

Here’s more inspiration from the web.

The "Where" of Homeschool
via thementoredmom.com
The "Where" of Homeschool
via It’s Just Laine

Option 3: Bedroom Desk

We have never used this option as our main place to homeschool, but it’s definitely a good option, especially for kids who are older or more independent in their work.

The "Where" of Homeschool
via workofchildhood.com

Three Quick Tips for Homeschool Organization

No matter where you “do school” this year, organization is a must.  Even if you have a whole room to dedicate to your supplies, but especially if you don’t.

Tip #1: Supplies Caddy

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I picked up this simple utensil holder at a yard sale, and use it to stash our glue sticks, scissors, pencils, and markers.  It can travel to different spots in the house as needed.  And when school’s done, it gets hidden behind closed doors in a cabinet.

Tip #2:  Repurpose Furniture

For this season of life, you may want to repurpose some furniture for school organization.  The hutch in my dining room has two bottom doors, and we have used it to hide books and supplies.  You can find some great sturdy furniture at yard sales and thrift stores!  We found a great cubby system at a toy store that was going out of business and used that for several years.

Tip #3:  Look into the Workbox System

This needs a post all in itself, but if you’re concerned about the flow of subjects, check this out, and this.

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The bottom line is to just use the space you have, enjoy your kids, rely on God’s grace every moment, and you will have a great homeschool year!

What can you add to this list?  Where do you homeschool?

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Abby is a pastor's wife and busy homeschool mom to four boys. Her family is thrilled to be Making Room 4 One More through the blessing of international adoption. This has been her longest "pregnancy" ever, but she has been amazed to see God's faithfulness, direction, and provision through it all. In her free time, Abby enjoys crafting, reading, playing the piano, thrifting, organizing her household, and spending time with all her boys!

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Comments

  1. says

    I have a school room. Generally, that’s where I do all the teaching and the kids do most of their seatwork, but when they are working independently (especially if one is being distracted by my teaching the other one) they are allowed to leave the school room and sit at the kitchen table, on the couch, or in their bedrooms.

    Great post, Abby! :0)

  2. says

    Lots of great ideas! I did the same thing–I set up a schoolroom in the basement one year, but we just kept gravitating to the kitchen table. I still keep the bulk of our supplies in the basement, but what we use every day we keep in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

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