I just want to start this by saying something, “You don’t need a dedicated room to homeschool!” It is not a requirement, and honestly, I think it is more of a setback. So let me talk to you about our Homeschool Home and why we don’t need a homeschool room.
Ok, let me admit something here – I used to have a room. Kinda. When we first started homeschooling, we sectioned off an area of our partially finished basement to be a homeschool room. It was beautiful, and I loved the way it looked. The reality is though that as my kids got older and homeschooling was taking more time, spending a good portion of our day in our basement (or one room) just wasn’t conducive to me being able to get anything else accomplished.
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Our Homeschool Home
I have learned that we do not need to be confined to a room. We are not a traditional school, so why should we try to emulate it. And if I were to be completely honest – we are not confined to our home. Can I get an amen from another homeschooling mom who listens to Story of The World CDs while driving kids to activities? Here are some of the places that my kids work on school work in our home:
My kids will sit on the living room couch and do their Reading Eggs on their iPads. Also, the table next to the couch is where our laptop is that the girls do their Teaching Textbooks on. Most days they will do their math work on the couch, but sometimes they will take the laptop into their bedrooms and work on their math in there. This is also where Cole will watch his Math U See DVD’s as the living room hosts the only television and DVD player in our home.
Here the girls are working on some of their independent work in our fireplace room. This room is off of our kitchen and has a couch, fireplace, desk and the bookshelf pictured above. This is the closest thing that resembles a homeschool room only because it houses our books and materials on this shelf. The top row is for the books that we will be using this year, and then the kids each have a bin to hold their work and supplies.
We do a good amount of work at our kitchen table, because honestly sometimes it is nice to have a table to work at. Here the kids are working on one of their Sparketh online art lessons. My kids will also do their handwriting or copywork at the table so they can do their best penmanship.
On The Road (Roadschooling)
Roadschooling is a word that I recently heard, and it means exactly what it states. Doing school while on the road. Now technically I think it refers to people who live in RV’s and travel the world and homeschool their kids – but I’m using it. This week begins the non-stop craziness of going to dance four times a week, soccer twice a week, Bible Study Fellowship, along with the regular mid-week youth night and homeschool co-op. I asked my husband if he had my Taxi hat for me. We are on the road a lot, so sometimes, learning happens in the car. We do listen to Story of the World on cd’s in the car, and sometimes the girls work on some educational workbooks from Dover to pass the time.
Check Out Other Homeschool Rooms
Want to see some more rooms or areas in a home where other families do their at home learning? Check them out here!