NELA Living Blog by Emilie Broughton

5 Ideas To Set Up Learning Space At Home

Even though some schools will open up, many people will still choose to continue to homeschool their kids. Getting your home ready can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you have limited space. So here are a few things you can do to create a more official school-like setting in your home and get all you back on some kind of routine.

Giving ‘school’ it’s own area will help keep clutter confined to its own space.  But ‘where’ this new school is going to be depends on the available space in your house. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Can you take over the formal dining room for a bit? I mean, it’s not like friends can come over for dinner anyway right now. Maybe you have space in a guest bedroom that isn’t being used. Would the garage work? or a sunroom?

Whatever you decide it will be important that it kind of looks like school so your kids understand this is deal now. There are a few things you can do to create this new classroom in any space.

Designate a work surface and area.
If each child has a desk in their own room, consider moving them to a common space so you can monitor everything at once. If kids are working on a table, consider using the spare 6-foot table or card table you might reserve for family gatherings. This will make it easier than using the family dinner table and having to clean up every 10 minutes.

Keep supplies close at hand.
Use shelves or organizational units to keep all the materials in one spot. That will keep you from running from room to room to closet to drawer to get something for the next project.

Add a chalkboard or whiteboard.
Since you are the new teacher, a chalkboard or whiteboard might come in handy. Use stickers or wall adhesive get the job done and they are easy to put up (important) and take down (more important). Adding a calendar or bulletin board is also helpful to keep track of assignments and activities.

Create lessons from every day activities.
Things like cooking can help kids learn basic math skills and fractions. Taking care of plants and pets can teach kids about science, biology and basic responsibility.

Create a reading area.
You can utilize a colorful rug or maybe a beanbag chair to create a special space. This will also give kids a break from the desk or table work.

Of course, if you want to go all out you can paint and get new furniture. If you need more ideas for homeschooling rooms, look on Pinterest.

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