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While most public and private school classrooms all look very similar, you can find homeschool learning in a variety of places. I have a small space and we do not have a dedicated schoolroom. We do writing at the dining room table. Math is done in the bedroom at the computer desk. Reading is done usually curled up on the couch. History and science is done in any of these spaces or even outside.
When I first started homeschooling over two decades ago, I had my two girls share a bedroom and made the other bedroom a classroom. I used my knowledge of what a classroom should look like from my own school year’s experiences. We didn’t homeschool. We schooled at home. I repeated what was working – made my six year old try to sit still at a table for hours at a time. And then I joined a local support group where I learned so much. One reason I wanted to homeschool was that in the one year my oldest daughter attended kindergarten, I could see that her love for learning was being stiffled. I wanted to set the blaze afire again. And it wasn’t going to happen in the setting that I had created. It reminded both of us too much of typical school And that is not what I wanted. I ended up making it a playroom and moved our learning to the kitchen table.
During the following years, we moved multiple times. With each move, our “classroom” has looked different depending upon what we had available. Less than a year ago, we moved temporarily to an apartment and thankfully, it is big enough for what we need. I love it.
I have a homeschool storage closet. I keep most of my homeschooling supplies in here. It holds three bookcases. I have a storage building that has stuff that I’m saving for future years. (Remember, I’m down to homeschooling my youngest of five kids and there’s a big age spread.)
I have a smaller cube storage unit in my sunroom and that has what we are actively using. Well, except for the reading list. The rest of the sunroom is storage for my
craft supplies art supplies for ….. homeschooling. I brought my big (previous kitchen) island to use as a cutting table for my sewing work on science experiments.
Our little dining room table, complete with a wipeoff board, is where we do quite a bit of our schoolwork. (Note: I usually don’t supply so much plastic/paper wares but I am prepping to house some Irma evacuees.)
The rest of work is done wherever feels convenient at the time – on the bed, at the computer, outside, in the van, on a field trip.
If you want to take a peak at other homeschool environments, click on the graphic below. I am sure you will find that there is not a “typical” homeschool classroom.