Homeschool rooms are becoming the norm for many families in Illinois. And setting one up may seem like yet another daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips on how to make a comfortable space for learning even for those fidgety students.
While it is definitely not necessary to dedicate one entire room of your house specifically to homeschool, it is hugely helpful to have one central location in your home to do homeschool every day. If you have a spare room, that’s great. If you don’t, that’s completely okay too.
You might consider converting the den, guest room, game or media room, dining room, music room, basement, loft, or extra living area into your homeschool classroom.
One of the most important decisions to make about your homeschool classroom will be about the type of surface you will use for your kids to write on. Some of the most common options for homeschool desks are a family table, such as a dining table; a large group desk; an individual desk for each child; and a small table for one or two kids.
Having everyone together in one location makes it a whole lot easier to do group learning, such as reading aloud, morning devotionals, and group teaching for subjects like social studies or science.
Homeschooling at the kitchen table definitely is a possibility – especially if you plan for your homeschool day to end at lunch time, which is ideal for elementary school.
If you know your homeschool day will be longer, or you’d prefer to start school later in the morning, it is likely that you’ll also need to use your kitchen table to eat lunch.
Setting up your homeschool room or area in your home doesn’t need to be a stressful experience. A few essential items, such as a desk or table, comfortable chairs, a couple of maps, a clock, a great pencil sharpener, a white board, a cork board and a globe will all contribute to your kids’ learning experience.