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Homeschool dedicated rooms [message #820984] Wed, 27 December 2017 07:51 Go to next message
Jamie
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I'm interested in hearing about rooms that were dedicated to homeschooling. I know homeschoolers can do homeschool all over the house, but I'm starting to become a little claustrophobic and wondering about the layout and room choice for a dedicated space.


Peace
Re: Homeschool dedicated rooms [message #820992 is a reply to message #820984 ] Thu, 28 December 2017 00:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
PamE
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I had one. It was a big one with everything I wanted. Never used it. Confused It became a playroom and we homeschooled wherever... but mostly in the living room, on the floor, couches, etc.


I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. ~Phil 3:13-14~
Re: Homeschool dedicated rooms [message #820994 is a reply to message #820984 ] Thu, 28 December 2017 09:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
ReneeL.inMN
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We've rearranged our house a few times to have a dedicated room - For us, it was more that I needed a dedicated space to put the stuff. My olders (and now my daughter) preferred to sit at the table in the main part of the house where we were all together. I could be in the kitchen, doing laundry, etc. but still available. We kept books in a different area and I worked hard at keeping them putting the books/stuff away.

In my perfect world ----

a big wall map - the kind you can write on
a globe
the great school posters telling the grammar rules, parts of speech, etc. (I'm a school poster geek)
a giant wall calendar
bookshelf space - lots and lots of bookshelves
a cupboard with doors to hide some stuff that just can't be put away pretty no matter how hard you try
a giant table where 4 people can sit and plenty of room to sprawl out experiments AND do school.


ReneeL.inMN
25yos, 23yos, 13 yod I guess I am old enough for adult children.

My stomach hurts, but I still choose joy! :-)

Re: Homeschool dedicated rooms [message #820996 is a reply to message #820994 ] Thu, 28 December 2017 11:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jamie
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Yep. It's the stuff. I don't have a place that is convenient either in space or place or retrieval for the things we have. I know as Jonah grows older that we won't have as much, but for the next 1-3 years I can see the stuff being both integral to our manner of homeschooling and a point of frustration for me, the mom.

We have a one room living room / dining room that I could turn into the "perfect" homeschool space but then I would have no place to have people over, literally. That's a big deal for me, even as an introvert.


Peace
Re: Homeschool dedicated rooms [message #821000 is a reply to message #820984 ] Thu, 28 December 2017 19:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
ReneeL.inMN
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Ok - brainstorming here ---

Any cupboard in the kitchen you could empty and use for books/stuff?

Little guy is old enough to help cart stuff in/out.

What is the biggest eye-sore right now for you?

My sister in law (love her to pieces) blessed my olders with an 'all in one' science rubbermaid container one year for Christmas. It was great - we started right off the bat with the rule that the science supplies could never exceed the rubbermaid container.

While it was hard for me, another thing that worked was to have the guys put their artwork 'up high'. For a couple of years, they would color paper plates while I read to them - each plate was a what they heard while I read the story and those plates were taped up at ceiling level. Drove me nuts. Guys and their friends still remember them and comment about how cool it was to have them displayed so long.


ReneeL.inMN
25yos, 23yos, 13 yod I guess I am old enough for adult children.

My stomach hurts, but I still choose joy! :-)

Re: Homeschool dedicated rooms [message #821002 is a reply to message #820984 ] Fri, 29 December 2017 19:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Leigh  is currently offline Leigh
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We mostly did school in one place. We had a clasroom desk for Jr and she worked there. Our house is very small so the room doubled as a den, but there you go. Mostly bookshelves with books, the globe, and the desk. Home computers either did not exist or were not common until we were done.

[Updated on: Fri, 29 December 2017 19:33]


Leigh
Tennessee

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

~~Benjamin Franklin

Re: Homeschool dedicated rooms [message #821036 is a reply to message #820984 ] Wed, 03 January 2018 09:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We have one. It is in what is supposed to be a dining room. Like others, my kids actually do their work all over the house, but having a place for all the stuff is wonderful. The room consists of a couple of bookcases, a hutch that I got for cheap, a filing cabinet that my printer sits on, a set of plastic drawers, and a dining table that we use as a desk for all of us. All the furniture, except the table, sits along one wall. The table sits in the middle of the room.


Stacy, mom to 12-year-old boy/girl twins and a three-year-old boy.

"Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's finger." Hans Christian Andersen
Re: Homeschool dedicated rooms [message #821042 is a reply to message #820984 ] Wed, 03 January 2018 13:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jamie
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Jonah has so many manipulatives and we're doing a lot of hands on vs workbooks. We live in a kind of wonky loft (think two long narrow halls and transforming those into your living spaces). We have no kitchen cupboards, but have given it an entire "book shelf" of it's own in the pantry, but it's literally so tight in there, that putting things in there for storage effectively makes them not retrievable so "out of sight out of mind" is at play for micro/macro school stuff.


Peace
Re: Homeschool dedicated rooms [message #821072 is a reply to message #821042 ] Sat, 06 January 2018 12:10 Go to previous message
Jamie
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Some progress...

Well, I still don't have all my problems solved, or a dedicated homeschool room yet...not sure if that will ever happen, but we will have a room that we are homeschooling in more likely than not and I just have to get used to the fact if I'm going to homeschool the way I want, I can't also have my ideal living/dining room at the same time.

I have shelves that span the entire width of one short end of the perfectly rectangle living/dining room. It houses my printer and television, but it has also shared some homeschool, crafts, play items and books. I've removed a great many of the not-directly homeschool related items and put together 12 magazine boxes, each dedicated to a month. If I have an ideas on paper or a month specific project/book, I can throw the materials in the boxes. Much handier than my having to go upstairs into an overstuffed filing cabinet. I also created a printed scope & sequence for all goals for the next nine months, along with the more specific lesson plans and filed them in three ring binders, also on the shelf. It sounds weird since we're loosely winging it, to need such things, but it keeps a little focus for me which I need. I also have a hanging file stand (attractive desk top style) with Sunday through Saturday files so I can throw things in there. This paper and planning system works much better with my brain than what I've been trying to make work.

On one shelf I have "continent boxes" and a little tray in one area for those immediate projects. On another shelf we have a box for each biome and some work related projects. This particular shelf will rotate through the year with other projects. We're starting with biomes for the first month, along with land/water formations, so they're put out first. They've been sitting there for a few months, actually, but I'm excited to get started.

We use a lot of cards, flash cards, and small paper-based materials. Over the Christmas season I used coupons to buy photo organizer cases (clear mini photo containers kept inside a larger suitcase style organizer box). These fit nicely under the bottom shelf and under the couch, so there's some fear of out-of-sight-out-of-mind going on, but now I can slip reminders to pull them into the monthly magazine boxes for when they are needed.

I still have an entire shelf in my pantry (hard to get to) with all the manipulatives. Those items were my main "complaint" when posting this originally. However, now that I have the scope/sequence and plan organized, I can pull these out a few at a time with more scrutiny. Truth is, Jonah's probably outgrown most of the sensorial and practical life things I have stored in there. I pulled some out over the month of November/December as they fit the season (from the year prior) and Jonah wasn't interested (grandson moreso). Grandson doesn't come over enough to store them permanently. I'll see if I can downsize the area in the next couple of weeks, perhaps selling some on the yard sale page to other homeschool families (most have little toddlers in their home).


Peace
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