When we started homeschooling we only had one child. Fast forward several years and two more children and we’ve had to tweak how and where we homeschool in our house. We’ve gone from desks to table, back to desks and now we’ve settled into our dining room. It’s a small space, but it works great for us. The kitchen/dining room area is somewhat the nucleus of our home. Everything centers around that area. I cook and bake a lot, so it just naturally began to happen that after breakfast we would end up at the table to start our school day. Here’s a glimpse of where we teach and some of the items that help us stay organized in a small homeschool space:
We eat here. We teach here. We do family worship here. We play games here. This poor table gets a lot of wear and tear. But we have such a great time as a family; mess included! Learning at our dining room table works best for us.
This has been a great investment for us. We grabbed this rolling cart from Office Depot on clearance a few years ago. It houses all of our larger books (including my teacher’s manuals) and our math manipulatives. Our middle child keeps a separate basket on top for his books and other supplies. When we had our youngest, this cart was so handy, because I could roll it out to our living room and still tend to our baby while having all my school supplies nearby.
We need a much bigger dry erase board. We’ve just not gotten around to replacing it. Our board is multipurpose. We write out the children’s daily lessons. Sometimes we write items we need to get the next time we go grocery shopping. Our oldest will use the board to work out math problems. At one point we had given all three of our children their own small dry erase boards. After searching for missing markers and hearing them fuss over who had which board we opted to use one main board.
I honestly don’t know what I’d do without our dry erase calendar. We keep it on our refrigerator. I put all of our appointments, meetings and homeschool activities on it. The great thing about having a monthly calendar posted is that my husband and I can see clearly when we’re about to over schedule ourselves. If we see a week getting too full we know that we might need to hold off on any additional obligations. Our oldest daughter is responsible for clearing the calendar at the end of each month and writing the new month and days.
A clock may not be a big deal to most, but this has been a critical piece to keeping our family on schedule. We have trained our children that certain things happen at certain times. School work usually starts at 9 a.m. Lunch is usually between 12:30 or 1:00p.m. Referring back to the clock during the day helps keep us all on track. We are trying to instill in our children the value of being good stewards of their time.
So, there you have it. Our small yet efficient homeschool space. The great thing about homeschooling is that you have the flexibility to use the space you have, rather large or small, to meet the needs of your family. Don’t be discouraged if you feel you don’t have the “perfect” space to homeschool your children. The Lord can bless the tiniest space and use it for for His glory.