Organize Your Homeschool Room
Oh my goodness, how did this get so out of control. (That was me just talking to
myself for a minute there.) We have all thought about this at one time or another, especially if you are homeschooling more than one child. If you’re not prone to have a little ADD then this can be an overwhelming situation. I tend to start the school year off just fine, then as the weeks turn into months, there it is, when are you going to organize your homeschool room? Where’s the pencils. I’m just going to show you a few ideas that have helped me through the years. When the kids were younger they seemed to realize that “you better not mess that up”. As they got into there junior years, well I don’t know what happen there.
School Book Storage
I don’t purchase anything that is too expensive that’s for sure. My son is using a four cube shelf for his books and storage. It’s the perfect size for each child to keep their own supplies (and can’t blame anyone else if they can’t find something). I have the canvas drawers for two of them, and hanging files in the other two. The hanging files work great for work sheets, coloring pages, and in our case, we use them for the work books. They are really strong and durable, my 12 year old hasn’t broken it yet! They have such a variety colors now, you will surely find one you will like. We have it set up in his bedroom, with a small desk that fits him perfect (by the way, I found his desk on Craigslist).
There are also a variety (too many to show here) of hanging baskets that you can put up just about anywhere. You can put them on the back of a closet door or even line them across the wall in the bedroom. If you have little ones, keep them low enough where they can gain some independence getting their supplies themselves. You don’t really have to have a big huge classroom – the more room – the more you tend to spread out (at least that’s what I do). It can get quite out of hand if you let it. The problem being, there are so many cute things out there, you can really get carried away. If you can keep it to a minimum, as far as your main furniture, the dollar store can fill up the rest of your area.
Here are a couple of examples of classroom setups. As you can see, you really don’t need a lot of room. With a few essentials, and the cute pencils with the goldfish erasers – all will be well in your child’ s eyes. It is important to make it special for them, they have to spend a good amount of their time in this area. So make it fun – get some map posters, and a couple Math charts and before you know it, you have a full fledged homeschool room. The younger kids, especially K-3rd grade, they will get such a kick out of picking out a few special things from the dollar store – but don’t forget, these items are for school. If you are shopping during the summer, keep the suspense building until that first day begins. Those stickers will be put to good use soon enough.
Everything In It’s Place
If you can get them in the habit right off the bat to put things in there place. This is where that dollar store comes in. They have all sizes of the smaller baskets, cups & pencil holders. They are perfect for the construction paper, crayons, glue, scissors, well you get the idea. It’s important to have those little prizes you will need when they do a good job, or scored 100% on their worksheets. Believe it or not, a shoe storage hanger, makes a great sticker and prize storage area!!
And By All Means – Make It Fun
Don’t forget some free time items – they are going to need a break in between subjects at some point. Now in my boy’s point of view, every house should come fully equipped with a variety of Nerf products (but mom, they won’t break anything). As for my daughter, she loved those fancy, crazy design coloring books – not just your basic Winnie the Pooh for her. Now a days, they have those Mandala coloring pages in almost any style you would want, animals, flowers and just random shapes. I must admit, they can be really beautiful when they are done.
Take It Easy
As you have probably figured out by now, I am not one for making things real difficult. This can be a fun time for both you and your children. Take a day, get some supplies, go out to lunch, come home and let them get all excited about everything you bought. Give them the opportunity to help you decorate and set up the area so they can make the space their own.