Today, I’m so excited to be participating in this fun blog post with some other wonderful bloggers! We are sharing our homeschool spaces and I hope that you check out all of these amazing ideas.
First off, when we moved into our small rental home 5 years ago, I never imagined that we would still be here as we have begun to homeschool our 4 and 5-year-old. In my mind, we couldn’t homeschool in this house because we need a separate room for that, right?
Over the years, I’ve been encouraged to pursue gratitude and contentment, especially when it comes to our home. When we moved to this house we had one child, which was an ideal situation in a house with three bedrooms. The master bedroom for my husband and I, our daughter’s bedroom, and the office in the spare room.
Shortly, after we moved here, I found out I was pregnant when our oldest was only 7 months old. Now, we have four children in a three bedroom home and our youngest (10 months) sleeps in a mini crib nestled in the corner of our bedroom.
I’m shocked by how creative we are forced to be when it comes to living with multiple children in a small home. As our girls have gotten older, I have began to think and plan how we can make room for all of our homeschooling supplies.
We do most of our homeschooling in the dining room. It’s not Pinterest perfect, but it is functional and works for our family.
Even though I dream of the day that I can have a special room for homeschooling, I’m content with the space we have.
Our dining room is connected to our kitchen where I keep our dry erase board (ideal) schedule for the day. This keeps me on track and reminds me that I must step away from certain things (like my own writing/reading, cleaning, etc) so that I can move on to the next task. This inexpensive tool has been the biggest motivator to me as a homemaker and homeschooling mom.
The Great Outdoors
One of my favorite things about homeschooling is having the freedom to take the kids outside whenever I want to. Each morning, after breakfast and chores, we head outside to let out some energy. I usually let the kids run around or ride their bikes for about 10 minutes and I try to get a good, short walk while the kids are playing. This helps us all feel ready to start the day and sometimes we will have a mini nature lessons about what they found while playing outside.
Starting each day getting some fresh air and acknowledging God’s creation, puts us all in a better mood.
Our Toddler Cabinet
This blue cabinet has been a life-saver over the years. It was previously the “art cabinet” but now that I am homeschooling (while trying to keep the two-year-old out of trouble), I’ve dedicated the space for my little guy. He is able to go to the cabinet and get something to do while I’m teaching the girls.
A few things that we have it in (right now) are: Play Doh, building toys, a letters that make each letter sound, stickers, paper, books, etc.
I plan on rotating toys in and out of this cabinet so that he doesn’t get bored with it.
Our Drawer System
I found this drawer system from Ikea and it has worked great for keeping the girls daily notebooks and other activities easily accessible while not taking up a lot of space.
Here is how we use the drawers:
Each of the girls have their own drawers with their daily notebooks/workbooks. I also have a drawer dedicated to our Usborne dry erase book (my kids love these) and various learning games/activities. We keep sticker books, drawing books, and paper dolls for when the girls need to do something while I’m working with the other child.
I was able to find some extra space in my husband’s office for supplies that I didn’t want the kids to get out without permission and that were also taking up lots of space in our living area.
On the top shelf we keep games, the second shelf is for random art supplies, extra paints, dot dot markers, dry erase markers, etc.
On the third shelf, I have a “mom” bin and my kids know that this bin is off limits because it’s only for my supplies. Then, we have a math bin, flash cards, stamps, etc.
On the fourth shelf, I keep all of the girls school books that we are using this year and their daily Kindergarten notebooks. They can easily go get them and put them away. We also keep our supplemental curriculum and extra workbooks on this shelf.
This space is right by the door that opens into our dining room so it’s easily accessible during school time.
Encouraging Art Work and Reminders
Homeschooling can be tough and as parents we can become frustrated when our children give up or lack the motivation to get their work done. This is when I must remember the reason why we homeschool. Of course, my child’s education is important but my first priority is to teach them to live a life devoted to Christ and His will.
By displaying scripture and encouraging quotes around my home, I’m reminded of my purpose as their Mama. At times, a glance at these pictures motivate me to be patient and gentle even when my child is struggling.
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