I have to admit… I get a little envious of homeschool parents who post pictures of their gorgeous homeschool classroom. I even got angry with my husband the other day because I told him that I wanted to buy a “she shed” for the backyard so that I could turn it into a classroom for my girls and he told me that it wasn’t a possibility right now. The beautiful carpet, the bright painted walls with lots of maps and inspirational quotes, the bookshelves full of books, the supply shelf full of supplies, the beautiful Ikea desk in the center of the room… I want all of this for my girls. But the reality is that we must homeschool in a small space, most usually at the kitchen table, with very little storage for books and supplies.
Last year I had the cutest little classroom at home because the girls and I setup our empty bedroom into an office/homeschool room. But when one of my older children needed to move back home (open door policy) we had to give up that space. I have to remember that there are other ways to homeschool my children. The beauty of homeschool is that we can even toss a blanket outside in the yard and do school outside. Last week we spent the day doing our schoolwork at our public library.
Here are some ideas that I have come up with for those of us who do not have a space dedicated to a homeschool classroom:
- Do school on a blanket in the yard while soaking in some Vitamin D.
- Pack up the backpacks and use the tables at the library.
- Take a picnic to the lake or riverfront and spend the day.
- Utilize your kitchen table.
- Go to the park and sit at a table under the pavilion and let them play between subjects.
- Turn your camper into a school room.
- Spend a day working at a coffee shop.
A lot of these ideas actually work out very well for us because we live in a very rural area. This gives us a way to get out of the house and actually go out in public, which let’s face it, is super important for homeschool families. I don’t know about you but if I’m not careful I will end up secluding myself from the world. HAHA.
What other ideas can you come up with for families who do not have a dedicated homeschool space? Let us know in the comments.