Since we moved last year, we have been blessed with a wonderful space to learn. This is honestly my dream homeschool room! We spend a lot of time here daily. (Update: we actually stopped homeschooling last year – another interesting stoy!)
Now how about I show you around?
3 Reasons This is My Dream Homeschool Room
When school is in session, we spend the bulk of our days on schoolwork. Given the fact that there are 4 boys, each in a different stage of development, we have a variety of needs to fill. The features of my dream homeschool room are:
1. Room to spread out
Some kids like to work on the floor; some want a table; one wants a place for Playdoh and blocks. We have space for all these things and more in this room.
2. Natural light
Especially in the dark days of winter (I don’t want to think about that now!), I seize every shred of daylight and direct sun that I can grab. This room has a giant window and skylights. Prayers answered!
We’ve got a fabulous bookcase (pics below) plus more storage under the countertop and windowseat. Even though I tend toward the more minimalist side of things, I do still have some things to store and they are all nicely tucked away with all this storage. Our paperwork (oh, the paperwork!) is all contained in a couple baskets.
This room is designed as a loft which allows us tons of natural light from windows and skylights plus lots of room to spread out our books. Here is our work table where the big kids usually sit to do their seatwork.
Preschool work area
Next to the big table is an area set up for my 3 year old. He has his own table and chair plus a chalkboard easel that gets a ton of use.
Next to the chalkboard area is the wall unit which holds the books we’re using this year. I can hardly keep my kids in books so we have bookshelves scattered throughout the house.
The bottom shelves are devoted to toys and educational activities for the youngest. He is pretty good about playing by himself when I’m working with one of the other kids. I try to keep the toy selection to a minimum and this seems to help him stay occupied longer. (See what he did during a typical day last year.)
The bookshelves are loosely organized by subject. We have office supplies, paper, a basket full of math manipulatives and DVDs, easy readers, novels, teacher manuals and reference books.
Next to the bookshelf is our computer workstation. The kids sometimes use headphones (we love this set) which really helps cut out distractions when someone needs to watch a video lesson and someone else is trying to get his own work done. We have a couple more laptops and iPads when needed.
Next to the computer is the window seat. I have always wanted a window seat and now we have one. The window seat plus a comfy armchair make the perfect place for reading books.
Art space / Workspace + Storage
Moving around the room, next is the counter area. This room has a counter and bank of cupboards. It gives me tons of storage plus a place to do messy art projects or other things that need lots of workspace.
While the room is huge, it has almost no wall space. The loft area is open to a living room below and the bookcase takes up another wall. So I’ve had to be creative about where I hang things. I’ve started using cupboard doors as wall space for some handmade learning helps I created. We’ll see how that goes this year.
Lots of open spaces and places to work
One thing you’ll notice is that I have a lot of open spaces and empty surfaces. I love the look of cleaned off tables and floors. We don’t always manage to keep them that way and frequently a pile of books will sit on a school table for much too long, but it’s the goal I work toward. It seems to help us focus on our work when things are put away and we don’t have extra stuff lying around.
The middle of the floor remains mostly open for preschool play but we do also have a mini-trampoline that the kids use all the time. It is especially useful during oral math drills or when someone needs a break.
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