One of the fun aspects of homeschooling is creating that perfect place for the homeschool experience. While some people have visions of their dream house, homeschoolers have visions of their dream homeschool room. Having a dedicated homeschool room is ideal, but fortunately, not necessary to have for your child to learn.
If you ask any homeschooler, most would love a dedicated homeschool room. Picture matching desks adorned with new school supplies and color coordinated binders. There would be media, science lab, reading and art corners in the four areas of the room, a huge dry erase board on one wall and full bookcases lining the other walls. When it comes to school rooms, it does not get any better than that.
Stepping back into reality, for most homeschoolers, a spare or additional room is not always available. So the dedicated homeschool room remains a dream. Fortunately, homeschooling can still continue.
The freedom to homeschool the way you prefer trickles all the way down to the freedom to do school anywhere you like. Learning can happen outside of a room equipped for school. In fact, some great ideas have been conceived outside of a classroom. Some places around your home you may already use probably include the faithful kitchen table, the overstuffed, fluffy couch in the living room or the top bunk of a bed set. Depending on the weather, you may have even caught a glimpse of learning going on outside on a blanket in the shade under a tree.
Take advantage of the disadvantage of not having a dedicated homeschool room. Do not confine your child’s creativity or vision to the four walls of a school room or any one space in your home. Let them discover that special place (their special place) in your home where they love to learn. One day, it may be the couch and the next it could be on a tire swing in the backyard.
Some children do need a regular area for where they complete their studies. They learn and perform better having a routine and a consistent place to study. If you have a child like that, let them find their place in your home and make it special for them. You can personalize it with a decorative pillow, hang a picture on a wall or paint it a color your child chooses. If routine is what they like, but freedom is what they desire, place their school items in a rolling cart and let them choose their space every day. Wherever they decide to set their cart is their classroom for the day.
Even if a school room is not possible, having a dedicated space for school books and supplies is something you may want to have. Regardless of the size of your home, being able to put those items away in an organized manner is important. A bookshelf on one wall, a cabinet in the kitchen or a storage box are all convenient ways to bring school clutter under control and a sense of order at the end of the school day.
When you homeschool, every room and place (and even outside) in your home becomes your classroom. Learning happens all of the time even when you do not have a dedicated schoolroom.
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