5 Proven Places for More Successful Homeschool Spaces

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I remember when I first started homeschooling. I spent a lot of time prepping our classroom. I wanted it to look just so. With a cute little school desk and shelves full of books with a cute little reading nook. You know, the perfect homeschool room. Because, if I had that, of course homeschooling would be successful.

Every summer, I spend a good week cleaning and updating that space a bit. Yet, every year I end up using the room more for storage than for actual homeschool learning. Why?

I think one reason is that if we have that perfect space, then we can prove we homeschool. It’s that whole lack of confidence in our decision that I revisit far too often. The reality of how our homeschool operates looks completely different and what I’ve learned over time is that it looks different for most homeschooling families as well.

Homeschooling is life learning. That means learning happens through life. With that what I see is that homeschool spaces are born out of your family lifestyle.

5 Places for Homeschool Spaces

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  1. The Dining Room Table
    This space is the most common sense learning space in the house. With mom often busy cooking, cleaning and taking care of other children, the dining room table is generally central to all that happens at home. So when kids are busy learning at the table, mom can have one eye on the homeschooling process and another on the pot of boiling water. It just makes the most sense.
  2. Learning on the Couch
    Maybe it’s a bit unexpected for newer homeschoolers, after all, the couch is where we relax. But, it’s the perfect place to curl up with a good book, or watch educational videos on Netflix.
  3. In the Car
    Let’s face it, we are busy people. We often are traveling for classes, doctor appointments, service projects, co-ops or team sports. When you are rushing here, there, and yonder you might find that fitting in book learning time is difficult. But, who said learning has to happen behind the desk? Your kids are strapped in the seatbelts, sitting still and an open book makes perfect sense. Better yet, use the CD or MP3 Player and do some memory work or listen to audio books, or practice math drills as a family and before you know it, your 3 year old will be repeating their multiplication facts.
  4. In the Kitchen
    There is no better place to do science experiments than the kitchen counter. You have containers readily available, you have a heat source, you have a sink for water or for cleaning up. It just makes sense.
  5. At the Library
    Ok, this is a building with tables, comfy chairs and shelf after shelf after shelf of books of every sort, size and genre. Not to mention the digital media resources. It’s kind of a no brainer and you can find something for every member of the family. I’ve often stopped at the library for homeschool between stops when driving around town for classes, co-ops and field trips.

Bonus Space: I just have to tell you about one more amazing space.

Get outdoors, go on a hunt, find treasures all around you as you explore nature with your kids. Whether you go on an insect hunt, or you find shells on the beach you can use nature as a springboard for learning. Natural learning at its best.

So are these homeschool spaces what you were expecting? Homeschool learning can happen anywhere, because life is learning. {Tweet That}

What are your favorite spaces for homeschooling?



Renée (25 Posts)

Renée Brown is author at her personal blog, Great Peace Academy. She is a homeschooling mom to her one amazing son, Jonathan and has been the wife of her Beloved Michael for 21 years. On her blog you will find discussions about her work as a homeschooling mom, her family and her faith.

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Top Ten Wednesday: Best Homemaking or Recipes Blogs 2014

Each week we will be highlighting the Top Ten Bloggers from each category of the 2014 Homeschool Blog Awards. We understand the hard work that is involved in running a successful blog. Kudos to all who were nominated, all who made the top ten, and to our winners!

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This week we are highlighting the 2014 Best Homemaking And/Or Recipes Blogs!

Best Homemaking And/Or Recipes Blog

We were looking for blogs with content regarding homemaking, housekeeping, tips, ideas for making your life easier, information about raising multiple kids, or recipes that you enjoy trying. These bloggers needed to be homeschoolers, but their blogs did not need to be exclusively about homeschooling.

Winner 2014 Best Homemaking And/Or Recipes Blog

Mama’s Coffee Shop Blog was the winner this year!

Top Ten 2014 Homemaking And/Or Recipes Blogs

In no particular order:

The Happy Housewife

Raising Arrows

Pint Sized Treasures

Growing Triplets

3 Boys and a Dog

Mom Prepares

Written Reality & Practical Princess Diaries


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I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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5 Ideas for Gardening Fun with Kids


Guest post by Wren from finchnwren.com.

Have you ever considered that gardening is a wondrous way to introduce your children to the miracles of God’s creation—and family fun?

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We’ve been a gardening family for 4 years, when a friend gifted us with a small raised garden bed and soil. We purchased zucchini and yellow squash seeds, and were astonished at the harvest! Since then, our garden has expanded every year, with great rewards. And involving your kids in gardening is amazing on so many levels. Here are 5 of my favorite ways…and don’t forget, you can create unit studies out of all of these!

1. Choosing Seeds

Taking your children to the garden center to choose the season’s seeds is the perfect way to start. Seeing the seeds and the potential through their eyes can help us step way out of our comfort zones.

5 Ideas for Fun Gardening With Kids ~ Choosing Seeds

This is a moment where your vision and dreams for your summer garden can run wild. This year, we picked old favorites and brand new ones, like the mouthwatering mini-watermelon seeds! Of course, you’ve got to keep in mind the length of your growing season, but if you watch the planting dates for your region and stick to that, you can still reap a great and varied harvest.

We’re starting most of our garden from seed this year, and we’re planting beets, basil, zucchini; summer squash, sugar snap peas, and carrots; garlic, watermelon, cucumbers. We’ll be buying tomatoes to put in later once the freeze warnings are over.

2. Creating a Garden Plan

This year, we’re trying square foot gardening. We have 3 raised beds, plus two large containers to work with. I discovered that with square foot gardening, I can plant a LOT, simply by dividing our beds into 12” squares. For example, did you know that you can plant 16 radish plants in one square foot? Or 16 carrots? Or, 8 sugar snap pea plants? My son made a planting guide for our large raised bed in Paint. Great way to combine art and gardening!

5 Ideas for Fun Gardening With Kids ~ Make a Garden Plan

Your raised bed can yield so much more than you’ve ever imagined, if square foot gardening is new to you. You just need a bed plus wooden slats to place across it in grids, to segment all your square foot spaces. It is fun AND exciting!

3. Birds & Bees

There are some insects whose presence is integral to a garden’s success. And others which might not be as necessary, but will still add value and health. Bees, of course, are vital for pollination. I have several beds which run along our fences that are planted with bee-friendly plants. What’s even better is that they bloom over the course of the summer, so that the bees always have flowers to visit.

Russian sage is super-low maintenance, and bees swarm ours every summer. Our peonies don’t last quite as long, but their sticky nectar and heavy fragrance draw the bees beautifully. Last summer, I needed a little extra on one side of our garden, so I planted catmint. It’s very pleasing to the little pollinators as well. You can also try bee balm, lavender, basil, mint….just Google “plants bees love” and see what will work in your area!

One of our summer joys is watching the hummingbirds in our backyard. Did you know that hummingbirds also do some pollination? I was pretty surprised at this, but I know they love the Russian sage and find our tomato cages a wonderful perch. You can find inexpensive hummingbird feeders at your local discount stores, and make your own nectar at home. (Just heat 1 part granulated sugar with 4 parts water over medium heat til sugar dissolves. Let cool, then pour into feeder.)

5 Ideas for Fun Gardening With Kids ~ Hummingbird


4. Creating and Cooking

We know that kids who grow their own vegetables are much more likely to eat vegetables than those who don’t. I don’t know if your children are veggie-lovers or not, but how cool would it be to create and cook recipes with your kiddos, right out of your garden? We’ve made zucchini pizza rounds, zucchini-tomato gratin, zucchini breads and cakes, squash casserole, stir-fried beef with sugar snap peas…the list is endless! And that’s not including just eating veggies out of hand. My son even created a pasta and squash recipe several years ago that we still eat, which you can find here:  “Jackson’s Amazing Fettucine with Sauteed Squash and Parmesan


5 Ideas for Fun Gardening With Kids ~ Cooking

5. Sprouting

This is more of an indoor activity than an outdoor, but our family loves growing sprouts. This time, not to plant…but just to eat! Sprouts are a wonderful snack, and make a lively addition to sandwiches and salads as well. We have a kitchen seed sprouter, but you can sprout with just a mason jar! My son loves these and I love the fabulous antioxidants and fiber they provide. We’re currently sprouting alfalfa, radish and clover.

5 Ideas for Fun Gardening With Kids ~ Sprouts

There’s so much to love about backyard gardening. You can do it even if you have a teeny tiny space. And involving your family in it…priceless!
How do you involve your family in your gardening? This summer, Kemi from Homemaking Organized http://www.homemakingorganized.com/ and I are hosting a garden linky! Come and link up at Garden Party!


Finch n Wren

Wren blogs with her sister Finch at finchnwren.com. She and her husband met on the mission field and still love hearing about God’s work around the world. Wren has homeschooled their only son since the beginning. They love family fun, the beach and great comic book heroes.

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