I’ll admit it. My knees go weak and my heart goes pitter patter when planning and organizing a home school space.
It is one subject that I get plain excited about anytime of the year.
Whether you have a homeschool room or not there are just some things that I have found through the years that make my overall day run smooth when I have things that I need.
Look at my list of 5 ingredients every well-organized homeschool space needs.
Writing Surface that is Age Appropriate.
I tried it and I tried it again but the kitchen table just did not work for me in my early years of homeschooling.
Even when I lived in the 800 square foot cabin for the 5 of us and we had no school room, I still fought for a space for the height appropriate table for writing.
The kitchen table and bar area was fine for projects, art and hands-on but it is hard to have good posture and put both feet flat on the floor when my son couldn’t reach the floor.
It is one reason that I believe that my
Need I say more. Okay, maybe a bit more because there was one thing I would have done differently.
Instead of getting caught up in those cutesy little bookshelves, I wished I would have just bought regular size bookshelves because you get more use out of them.
Preschool and Kindergarten are only a very few short years of schooling compared to elementary, middle and high school.
I could have easily used the bottom shelves where my sons could reach when they were Preschool and Kindergarten ages.
I did waste a couple of years with cute shelves but it would have been more practical with regular sized bookshelves.
Out of the Box Storage Supplies.
Buying zipper pouches to use for flashcards, buckets found in the kids gardening section of Target to hold pencils and small plant pots without the plant in the outside gardening section all made for inexpensive and beautiful storage that looks good in any part of the house.
I preferred clear storage containers that could be moved to any part of the house that held atlases, maps or references.
Pencils That Never Require Sharpening
Another must-have in my organized home school space is a mechanical pencil.
Your kids will not waste time sharpening pencils and the best thing about it is that your not so neat writers become neat because the pencil always has a nice point.
We use only the .9mm lead because it didn’t break so easily and it is sturdy. These are the ones I use by Pentel.
Organized Homeschool Teachers Rock.
Too, don’t focus so much on the needs of your children that you forget to organize material in a way that is good for you.
Don’t be afraid to rip the binding off any book and coil bind if needed. Coil bound books lay flat and I am able to highlight and write in my teacher books.
It doesn’t hurt to add a few pretty but well need supplies like paper clips, high lighters and pens.
Too, I love notebooks not only for my boys but to organize my material.
More and more resources are going digital and I love the fact that I can print exactly what I want to put in my teaching binders.
There are more things that I love to add to my homeschool space but these things are the basic ingredients to start with.
How about you? What is on your basic list of must-haves for your homeschool space?
Hugs and love ya,
Check out these other posts:
How To Turn a House Into a Homeschool Space Part 1
How to Turn a House Into a Homeschool Space Part 2