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We have been homeschooling for 2 months now, and have made a few changes to our home. I work from home already and have adapted my office into a joint office / homeschool room for Freddie.
We have decided to follow a fairly structured routine, so this works best for us.
There is absolutely no requirement to have an office if you home educate and this can be done just as well from a dining table or a small desk in the bedroom.
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Homeschool Room Ideas
Now like I have already said, you don’t need to have a homeschool room at all. Learning happens everywhere, however, if you would like a homeschool room but don’t know where to put it in your house, I have some ideas:
- Garage – Is your garage full of rubbish and only used for storage? Well why not clear it out and set it up as your homeschool room?
- Under stair cupboard – just throw your shoes in your cupboard? Well why not create some space and add a small table and some high shelves. This would make for a great little office.
- Landing / hallway – have you got some spare space here? If so why not add utilise this space and create a great homeschool area?
- Laundry Room / utility room – can you move your washing machine somewhere else? If so why not use this space as a small office for your kids?
- Kitchen – Although we have a dedicated homeschool room, we spend so much time in the kitchen, we could easily turn this into an office. If you have a dresser, or a spare kitchen shelf, why not fill it with art supplies instead!
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Homeschool Room Decoration
Here is how we have decorated our homeschool room to make it more appealing.
We have 2 motivational posters on the wall, one saying “if you can dream it you can do it, and the other saying “don’t forget to be awesome”. These were both from a great company called Edu Print Plus and they do lots of others. They are a great reminder that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.
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We absolutely love a bit of cube storage! I mean who doesn’t! We have a new modern house and this although cheap, works really well. They are multi functional as we use it as a book shelf, for storing craft supplies and science equipment. If however you prefer a more traditional home office furniture there are plenty of online companies.
This idea was actually taken from a home education mummy I am friends with, and it looked so great I copied it! We got the cork board from Amazon and have glued it to the wall (I know, I must be mad!).
It is a great visual way for Freddie to see the topic we are currently working on. In this case we had just started looking at Mauritius (as that is where we went on holiday).
I added a few colourful cushions on the floor so if he wants to read in the day (although he normally tends to just read at bedtime) it is somewhere comfy for him to sit. Freddie absolutely loves reading and is something we have always encouraged.
We added a cheap desk and chair from Ikea opposite my desk so we could work together.
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This I would say is a must, well certainly for us. We use it to plan what topics we are going to cover in the week. We have also started using it to show what we might be doing in the day. It is a great visual reminder of what we have planned.
If you have watched the film Gifted you will know what the Trachtenberg method is, and I am hoping to try and teach it to Freddie. His favourite subject is Maths, so wish me luck!!!
How have you set up your homeschool room? Let me know in the comments.