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.

Nature!
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 (23 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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Our Home is not a School

OK, I know what you may be thinking – it’s HOME school, but when I first read that phrase “Our Home is not a School” it was so amazingly freeing! You see, I, like many homeschoolers starting out, was doing just that – trying to make our home a school.

Our Home is not a School - a Freeing Reality

I will never forget our first year of homeschool. I bought supplies, boxed curriculum, art supplies, wall charts and even desks. I really did everything I could to make our dining room resemble a classroom. I even had our daily schedule up on the wall because, you know, if you have a schedule everything goes as planned, right? Yeah, not at all!

So here we were in our first year of homeschool and I have the kids dress nicely so we can take our “first day of school pictures.” I wrote their grades on the card stock and had them pose by the front door. The irony would be that not even one week later, I already decided to bump our daughter up into 1st Grade with her brother! So much for a solid plan!

First Day of Homeschool Pictures

About 1-2 months into our first homeschool year I started feeling absolutely overwhelmed. We weren’t keeping the schedule I set forth, the boxed curriculum wasn’t meshing well with our kids’ special needs, and even trying to keep up with putting charts and things on the wall was just so overwhelming. That’s when it hit me – our home is not a school.

In trying to make the “perfect homeschool” I modeled it after what I knew about school – public school. School with strict schedules, wall charts, assigned desks, even a teacher standing up front and teaching. When I look back now I can laugh, but at the time I was distressed that it wasn’t working out for us!

Why do we try to make our homeschool look like school? Many of us do what we know, and that means modeling a teaching style that reflects that of a classroom. Our home is not a school, though, and although I don’t think there is anything wrong with perhaps modeling your homeschool that way, it’s important to know (particularly for newer homeschoolers) you don’t have to go through all that!

Our Home is not a School - Desks not needed

When I took a step back and realized what I was doing, I was able to turn it around and take a more relaxed approach to homeschooling – one without strict schedules or feeling like a failure if I didn’t put up the alphabet chart. We have a homeschool now where we don’t even use desks but rather sit together as a family. We use the dining table when we’re writing or doing art projects. We also go outside once in a while to learn in the midst of God’s beautiful creations.

One of the biggest advantages in homeschooling is the flexibility, and when we’re able to let go of that mentality that homeschool has to be this strict concept of teacher and students, we can see the bigger picture. Your bigger picture may be very different than mine or your friends’ or other homeschoolers, and that’s the best part! Be encouraged! You can find what works best for you and feel accomplished knowing you’re doing what is best for your family.

What is one of your favorite advantages in homeschooling?

 

 

Emilee Roberts (6 Posts)

Emilee is happily married to her best friend, Joey, who is a 2x cancer survivor and Disabled Veteran. She is a full-time, homeschooling mom to their 3 special needs kids who amaze, inspire, and humble her every day. In addition to blogging she is a freelance writer and mompreneur with a crafting/sewing business with the same name as her blog Pea of Sweetness.


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Top Ten Wednesday: Best Blog Designs 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 Blog Designs!

Best Blog Design

This was your chance to nominate a gorgeous blog design and give a code-and-design savvy blogger a pat on the back for her talent (or give her hired web designer some credit!).

Winner 2014 Best Blog Design

Confessions of a Homeschooler was the winner this year!

Top Ten 2014 Blog Designs

In no particular order:

The Natural Homeschool

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Proverbial Homemaker

Teaching Mama

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So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler

The Multi Taskin’ Mom

Cranial Hiccups

 

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Sara (81 Posts)

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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