If you are a homeschooler, or about to homeschool, you may have a difficult time trying to figure out where you will do the majority of the work. Those who have a large enough home will usually have plenty of space for a private home school room. If you have this than that is great. However many families have smaller homes, or have had to downsize to smaller rooms. So how can you home school if you do not have access to a private room. Below are a few ideas and suggestions.
Utilize the space you do have
Do you have a kitchen table? Do you have a dinning room table? A computer area for you to complete your own work? Any of these spaces that you have can easily be converted during the day to a home schooling space. Many families use the kitchen table as a place to get the school work done. Or the dining room. Take advantage of the wall space, and hang up a few school posters that your child can use to get their work done. For example if your child is learning their multiplication, you can set up a multiplication chart on the wall. Or you can put a map of the world on the wall, so that you can look at it when teaching a lesson. Any free space that you have in the home can be used for school. You can even use the living room couch. For example my children really enjoy, sitting on the couch and reading. This there is no rule that says children can not be comfortable while getting their work done.
Be creative with storage
When it comes to storing items, you may need to get a little creative with where you put the items. For example if you have a closet near the school area, you can easily place some shelves in the closet. Use this area to store books and school supplies. If you don’t have enough closet space, you can use small sized storage bins. One bin for each child. You can label the bins, so that each child knows which bin is there. School books can be kept in these areas, as well as additional supplies. There are some storage bins which can easily double as a seating area.
Use lap books
Lap books are a great place to keep charts, and any information that may be needed to get all of their work done. Lap books can easily be put away in a drawer or storage bin and taken out when needed. This is a great alternative to hanging items on the wall. Not everyone likes hanging items on the wall so this really is a better option.