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Homeschool Room: The Necessities Aren't What You Think

What To Keep Inside Your Learning Space

They're Cute, Fun, Orderly,

...And Not Required!

It's true that methods of homeschooling and staying organized differ drastically. Do you even need a dedicated space to have homeschool? Absolutely not! And I want to emphasize that it is not a requirement for learning to function well at all.

Did it help me though? It has.

Besides the cuteness and the fun of creating a learning space for us, I found as the school days went on and on... and on, it benefited us. Although on the small side, it has given us a space to keep and store the growing collection of supplies and paperwork that we accrue with each passing day. Along with that, it gave me a place to be able to leave it- the work, the preparing, the printing, and where I can finally lay down the scissors.


One of the beauties is that each homeschool space looks differently, functions differently, and evolves differently. The space we had two years ago has already been reconfigured and changed to adjust to my kids' rapid speed of growth- physically and mentally. So with that, what are some key essentials to keep in an ever-changing learning space? I'll speak to our own room and let you know...


What's In The Box?

Besides the obvious desk, chair, bookcase, and bins, there are more than a few helpful essentials that go far beyond what you buy at the store.

 

1. "Grab What You Need To Succeed!"

It's a phrase I began early on in our homeschool days when I noticed that the second I started wrangling them up for lessons they needed something. And what I have come to realize is that 'what they need to succeed' is apparently, snacks. I know you're thinking, "seriously, she's suggesting snacks?" And the answer is absolutely. So absolute that I keep a bin of quick snacks in our learning space. Sure, there's a kitchen nearby, and it's

utilized to the fullest before we even start school. Almost like clockwork though, the moment we start a video, a lesson, or a game, they get hungry. To relieve the walk outs and interruptions, I created a snack bin, which has helped regain focus and concentration.


2. Inspiration

This comes in many forms, but in order to keep my kids inspired in their learning space, I use various artwork. Decorating the area with some of the classics they have drawn, painted, or sculpted is a common way. Each week I draw and decorate the white board in the theme we will be learning about. They find this enjoyable and it often sparks their creativity by adding their own touches to the white board or trying to reproduce it in their notebooks. It gets them eager to learn about the topic and serves as a sneak peak into the weekly study. Beyond artwork though, I keep a favored quote posted along with the weekly bible verse written on the chalkboard. These help me to regain my inspiration each time I enter the space.


3. "Friends"

Nah, not the beloved tv show, their "friends", which come in all shapes and sizes. Being that we are at our happy, cozy home, it has always been welcomed to bring in what we call "friends". That sometimes takes the look of a plush, or a toy figure, or a new Lego creation, but they are always kept somewhere within the space. Oddly enough, they are not distracting and have only added productivity and joy to our learning space.


4. Patience

This can't be purchased from Target and is the supply that frequently runs low. Not just on my side, but my kids. A lesson still being mastered by my oldest, is being patient with himself as he learns. I've found having practices in place like "brain breaks" and "hug breaks" are essential in our learning space. My goal as mom and teacher is to ensure that they don't build up a wall when it comes to a particular subject or topic just because of loss of patience with it. I keep with me the action of "tear down the wall" where together we pretend to pull down bricks so that our minds stay open to learning and the time it takes to master a concept.


5. Humor

Loads and loads of humor. Learning can be stressful, tiring, and confusing. I would know, I am still feeling the side effects of learning. So for young learners, the best tool to keep in your room is laughter. There's been countless times that I could have chosen any other response than laughter. Like say when the whole activity I set up was unexpectedly pulled completely down in disarray. Time and effort dropping to the floor. I chose to laugh instead of anything else. Be lighthearted, keep seeing the silly side, because when they are laughing and having fun, they are learning- and more than just addition facts.


 

So if it's a room, an attic, a garage, or a corner, these are the essentials you'll want there with you, because these are the tools that last...but some bins are nice too.


 

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