This year, I did it. I set up a real life homeschool room!! One that should make our lives so much easier. It will mean that my kitchen and dining room tables should not be covered in books all the time. This room is a small bedroom that has been used as a catch-all and had always been a bit embarrassing. I spent less than $200 to put this room together.
How long did it take to put our homeschool room together? Actually I started last year, and it went well, except our table was a bit wobbly for five or so children to write, erase, wiggle and such. We ended up only having one or two doing school at the table and scattering out. We were using one of those plastic tables that are about $30, that had collapsed a few years ago with 150 qts of garden goodness on it.
Why I love this amazing Homeschool Room Table
This year, I found a nice heavy wood dining room table with chairs on a buy sell and trade group. It doesn’t move. It is also worn enough that if a little paint or something gets on it, I won’t be upset. Win, Win!!! Everyone is doing their independent studies at that table, which is keeping our homeschool “mess” down in the main living areas. We don’t have near as many missing homeschool books or supplies either. This table was the biggest expense for this room.
Our room is not solely dedicated to homeschool. It still has some of my kitchen items in it. Roasters, Canning supplies, grain mill and such. There is also a corner that has some extras that I am just not sure where to go with at the moment. It is the hang out room when our children have friends over. It is the extra area used when we are processing deer.
Desks in our Homeschool Room
We have two desks in the room, one roll top and one desk with a computer. There is also a table and six chairs, this allows us to have all of our seven children at a table or desk. Our seventh child has a yoga mat to play on as he is just 3. He can also go into our family/play room that is attached to the school room to play if he wants more room.
Homeschool Room Curriculum Storage
There is a shelf for all the children’s curriculum. One shelf will hold two children’s curriculum, then the top of that shelf is for the teacher’s manuals. There is a bulletin board for writing helps, one for maps, a white board, and a mirror for speech/reading helps.
I have file cabinets full of extra activities for school.
- Review worksheets
- Subject Specific Games (Homeschool in the Woods)
- File Folder Games
- FIAR Activities
- And More
We also now have a game/craft room. This is on a sun porch our landlord fixed up a bit a year ago. It is nice to have all our goodies organized for quick access for crafts and games. I will share more about this area in another post.
Homeschool Room Supplies
Some of our must haves in our homeschool room to help keep it organized and create a learning environment:
- file cabinets
- Hanging File Folders
- Milk Crates holds some of my teaching resources and one for books they have done that need graded.
- Bulletin Board
- Dry Erase Board
- Magnetic Dry Erase Board To use with All About Spelling
- Pen/Pencil Organizer
I would love to hear about your homeschool rooms. I know I will be improving things over time and would love to have some new ideas to implement. If you have a blog post about it, leave a link, or just tell me about your room. Happy Homeschooling…