Today every parent wants to know about how to set up homeschool space for their kids so that they study in a peaceful and more learning-oriented environment and the trend is increasing with every passing day. Did you know that the idea of homeschooling is not a new one? The Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him, said: “Play with the child for seven years; discipline him (or her) for seven years; accompany him (or her) for seven years, and then release him (or her) to lead his (or her) own life.” However, if we talk about the contemporary era the homeschool movement began in the 1970s. John Holt can rightly be called the father of modern homeschooling. He was an educational theorist and supported school reforms. He believed that early education from home would provide children with a better educational, psychological, and moral foundation.
Homeschool set up ideas
Why do we send our children to schools? Why is there a need for proper separate space for the kids to study? Why can’t we just provide our kids education at home? These are all the questions that matter a lot or should be taken into consideration when we talk about setting up homeschool space. Parents who never thought about homeschooling their kids are left with no other option these days. A school is a place that provides children an environment where they interact with each other and their environment as well with a proper atmosphere where they can learn and grow. The same should be our goal as well when we consider homeschooling.
Let us look at some homeschool set up ideas that we can together create to give our children beautiful space for homeschooling.
Schooling involves a wide range of aspects and the same things should be kept in mind while we set up our space for homeschooling. Three types of setups are required:
- A space for focused learning and tutoring
- Comfy space for reading
- Art and craft space
Space for focused learning and tutoring
This is a formal space with a proper study table and a chair. Since these days classes have shifted online then this is the space where your kid’s laptop or tablet is.
You can also keep one more chair in this space for yourself to monitor them or help them do their assignments.
This portion should be in a well-lit area where there is not much or no noise at all. A study found out that in a fussy or noisy environment with distractions the learning capacity decreases. (No wonder it is prohibited to blow a horn in a school zone). Make sure that there is enough light in this space.
Comfy space for reading
Reading is such a great activity that enhances the imagination of an individual but it also helps broaden their view. And it should be made fun as much as possible.
This space can have a bean bag chair to make it relaxing and calming. Colorful pictures on the walls enhance the interest of a person. Who does not love a pleasant view!
Since this is the reading area you can make a DIY bookshelf with your kid it will be a fun and creative activity or else you can buy one and arrange all the books.
Once again lighting is very crucial here as well. Make sure you have a nice standing lamp net to the sofa or your bean bag chair where your kids will read their books.
Art and craft space
Arts and crafts are often neglected but they are equally as important as the curriculum. Art is such a great medium to explore ourselves and helps in finding who we really are.
Now this space is further divided into two kinds:
- Indoor space
You can make an area or maybe a corner in the room where your kids do activities like coloring or making a simple structure out of play dough.
Make sure you spread out a sheet of plastic when working with play dough or water paints as it can get messier and you would end up cleaning more than having some time off.
- Outdoor space
Not all activities can be done inside the house. Moreover, interacting with nature and its elements is a must.
If you have your own lawn or garden that is great! Or if not then go out to your community park and you can go outside explore items there for you gifted by nature. These are some of the activities I love to do with my younger siblings:
- Wind chimes with sticks
We all have fallen sticks or branches in our gardens. Pick them up and make a wind chime out of them.
I am an absolute fan of pine cones. You can paint them, make fire starters from them, or simply clean them and use them as decoration pieces.
Having said all that let us look at some more things that we should consider when setting up our homeschool.
For the twins
Twins were made in a pair for each other to always be there for the other. So if you have twins who love to stay together and study together then this study area is for you to must-have in your homeschool space.
Make a simple yet beautiful double-sided desk with minimal space cover.
- Take a two-sided wooden shelf with a solid build.
- Have a nice horizontal wooden slab.
- Find out the center of the shelf and make a horizontal cut thick enough for you to pass your wooden slab through it which will act as your table.
- After you pass it through, attach the legs of the table.
- Place two chairs on the two ends of the table. Make sure that the chairs are of the right height for your child and comfortable to sit on. And here you have it double study space for your twins.
- On the sides of the wooden shelf, since it is wide enough, you can hang cute baskets to hold essentials that will be within the reach of your child.
- you have extra shelves as well vertically on the top ones you can put asymmetric plant pots that need minimal care. and use other shelves to put things on like notebooks as well.
Table and Chairs
We have already established above that there has to be a formal space for your kids to do their assignments on.
It should not be necessarily a permanent space with fixed tables and chairs rather you can use folding stuff to save yourself some space.
Walls are like our canvas on which we display our items. You can creatively as per your needs hang maps or those fun and colorful alphabets/ parts of speech etc.
The display on your wall area adds a pop of color to the classroom and when the kids have important stuff in front of their eyes all the times it helps them remember it.
How can a classroom ever be complete without a whiteboard? Yes! whiteboards have so many uses a visual learner like me would be at a total loss without it. When we explain something by writing it in the bigger text then it is not only easy to grasp it but it also helps imagine a problem in a better way.
You can have one big whiteboard for work and explaining purpose and two or three small whiteboards to write your daily agenda on them or if they are magnetic whiteboards you can also stick your markers.
If you are short on budget you can make one yourself.
Utilizing vertical space is a must. You can keep the classroom supplies on them depending on the frequency of their use. Keep the frequently used supplies on the bottom shelves within your arms reach. You can always increase the number of shelves depending on your requirement.
Another important thing to put on your shelves is your asymmetric plant pots. They will add so much calm and positive energy in your classroom which will boost the learning capacity of your child.
If you have small kids and you want things to stay away from their curious hands then nothing is a better option than having shelves.
If you are on a budget then you can look around and clean some cabinets and use them as your storage space.
You can also plan a fun activity with your children and make your own colorful storage boxes at home from cardboard. All you need is:
- Cardboard boxes
- Packing tape
- Contact paper/Self-adhesive shelf liner
Or if you wish you can order online or maybe go shopping for them from your local store.
School supplies are a must in your homeschool as well. Adults and kids alike love visiting a stationery shop but one thing that you should make sure is to make a list of supplies you actually need.
People buy all sorts of stuff which they do not really use.
Basic School Supplies include:
- pencil sharpeners
- pencil cases
- glue bottles
- glue sticks
Other important things include:
- Filler paper, Composition books, Construction paper
- Spiral notebooks, 2-pocket folders, binders
- Calculators – Basic and Scientific
- Index Cards
- Back Packs
- Bulletin board
Bulletin boards are often considered unimportant however they are a great way to keep a track of your kid’s progress and to put up things you would like to have an eye on.
It also is visually pleasing with all those colorful notices and art-work.
Ways in which a bulletin board can be used:
- For important notices/ deadlines
- Display work
- Put up art and craft which also adds a fun side to the room
- informative/ conceptual
Homeschooling is a great step and many parents are opting for it. However, homeschooling does not always mean that your child is completely off of school. Some parents set up the homeschool area for their child’s daily routine homework or for weekends and also for winter and summer break when kids will be home full time.
Having a separate area for study is also a great option as it instills a sense of discipline in the kids and makes them more aware of a good work ethic which they should have.
I hope that today’s blog post was of some use to you in setting up your homeschool space. If you have any suggestions or comments about the blog post do let me know in the comment box down below. Stay blessed stay safe! ????