Our home is pretty small – not tiny home small, but small enough. My kids share a room, we all share a bathroom, and there’s no room dedicated to school. We have a bookcase in the dining room where we store school “stuff” – books, science kits, and supplies such as pencils, paper, crayons, rulers, etc. We also store our board games here – and that makes sense for us, as we do sometimes use the board games as part of school.
We sit in the living room to do our group and independent reading, or when we’re watching something on TV for school. We have some cushy armchairs, and the kids each have a beanbag chair on the floor – they tend to customize them with extra blankets and pillows to make them extra comfy.
The dining room table is always available for the kids to sit there and do their written work, if they want – often, though, they sit at their desks or on the floor somewhere.
Sometimes, when the weather’s not too hot and not too cold, we’ll sit outside on the porch to do our reading, and there’s also a table out there that – again, if the weather is just right – we sit at for them to do any written work. The outside days tend to be somewhat few and far between simply because we often go from ridiculously hot to Florida frigid overnight.
I have a laptop, so I’m flexible about where I work when I’m on the computer. The kids each have their own desktop, on its own desk in the dining room. Originally, before we began homeschooling, they shared a computer, but it was easy to see from how that worked out that sharing it for school wouldn’t be a good option – there were too many fights over whose turn it was, whether and why they’d gone over their allotted amount of time, and attempts to claim that their reason for using the computer was more valid. So when we began homeschooling, it just made more sense to give each of them their own computer. Aside from eliminating the fights, it also makes for a shorter school day, since they can both be doing their computer work at the same time.
Due to the ADHD, going to the library or park for school is a very rare occurrence. For my youngest, in particular, it’s just too distracting. He wants to go play, or sit and stare at other kids playing, or wander the stacks at the library, rather than actually getting something done. While I’m willing to be somewhat flexible, and allow both of them some freedom,I also have to be realistic enough to realize that there’s a line between giving some freedom and getting nothing done, and unfortunately, if we go out like that for school, it’s far too easy to cross that line into getting nothing done territory.
What does your homeschooling space look like? Do you do most of your schooling at home or do you get out and about? Do you have desks or do you use your usual furniture and just spread out around the house? If you don’t have a dedicated homeschooling space in your house, do you wish you did? If you do have one, do you use it often enough to be worth it or do you keep it just because you created it and it feels wasteful to change it?
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