There are many people out there who have differing opinions on whether or not a designated space is needed in a homeschool. Some believe there should be a “school room” while others like the idea of spreading out.
Today’s guest post from Katie Jones goes out to those who prefer to have a designated school room or homeschool space. In this post, Katie shares her ideas for how to improve your homeschool space.
How to Improve Your Homeschool Space
Home-schooling can be both fun and challenging. It offers parents the freedom of what to teach their kids while maintaining a more homely atmosphere. Of course, you may want to have a dedicated space or room for teaching your kids.
You may already like the aesthetics of your homeschool area but you may want to take in some considerations to make it even better. Check out these tips on how to improve your homeschool space.
Make the Room More Sizable
It’s tempting to use any small room in your house and turn it into a homeschool room; however, you really need to have a spacious area.
Cramping in a tiny room is the last thing you want to do with your child. Not only will your kids feel enclosed but they will most likely become uncomfortable staying in a cramped room. Of course, their attention span and desire to learn could be greatly affected.
Generally, your home-school room should have walking spaces so that you can easily traverse through the area. The room should also have enough space to place a study desk, chalkboard, and other learning items and toys.
You should really consider allocating spaces; especially if you use a desktop PC as an additional learning resource.
Make the Room as Cozy as Possible
Also, the room should also be well insulated and ventilated so that your kids will feel comfortable. After all, it’s going to be difficult for the child to concentrate while studying if the room is too hot or too cold.
Through proper ventilation or insulation, your room can be cozy and comfortable. Depending on the area you’re living, you may need to invest in appliances like a heater (or air conditioner) for optimum room temperature control.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of Organizing
There are definitely a lot of learning materials and media you need for your homeschool. These items are crucial for the educational and intellectual development of your kids. I’m talking about books, art materials, maps, pencils, etc.
As some of you may have already experienced, a room can become very cluttered with all of these materials lying everywhere. In some cases, there are probably toys as well, since some parents like the idea of mixing fun with learning.
Indeed, you can always teach your kids about the importance of placing items back to their proper place, but you must also take into consideration if there is proper storage for their educational materials and toys.
Investing in a cabinet that can hold such materials will greatly help in organizing them. You can just use a utility cabinet or other types of storage furniture so you don’t have to spend money on buying a new one.
Here are some other great items that could help keep your homeschool space more organized:
Safco Products 3255BL Onyx Mesh Desktop Organizer with 6 Vertical/ 2 Horizontal Sections, BlackBankers Box Decorative Eight Compartment Literature Sorter, Letter, Black/Gray Pinstripe (6170301)Safco Products 3242BL Onyx Mesh Solid Top Horizontal Hanging Desk Storage, BlackEvelots 6 Magazine/File Holders & Labels,Assorted Colors & Styles,Multi-ColoredSafco Products 3290BL Onyx Mesh Tower Break Room Organizer, BlackStorage Cube Closet Organizer Shelf 6-cube Cabinet Bookcase Shelves BeigeClosetMaid 1290 Cubeicals 12-Cube Organizer, WhiteArtBin Store-In-Drawer Cabinet; White Art Craft Storage, 6809PCClosetMaid 5786 Cubeicals Fabric Drawer, Canteen/BrownTot Tutors Kids’ Toy Storage Organizer with 12 Plastic Bins, Natural/Primary (Primary Collection)Seville Classics 10-Drawer Organizer Cart with Drawers, Pearlized Multi ColorECR4Kids 12-Drawer Mobile Organizer, 25.75Tot Tutors Kids Book Rack Storage Bookshelf, Natural/Primary (Primary Collection)Storex Storage and Filing Cube, 17.25 x 14.25 x 10.5 Inches, School Green/Clear, Case of 3 (62010U03C)Dexas School Clipcase 2 Storage Clipboard with Rounded Handle, PurpleALEX Toys Little Hands My Art
Do you have a homeschool space? If so, how do you keep your space organized and functional? I would love for you to share your tips in the comments below.
If you’d like to read more tips from this guest author, check out this post on Improving Bathroom Space.