While I sometimes pine over the separate rooms other home schools have, I think it has been a blessing for us to not have that space.
- Our entire house has a learning atmosphere.
- Everything we’re working on is showcased.
- We are forced to keep things tidier than if it were all tucked away in a room somewhere.
- We can “do school” where we do life!
Small Space Homeschooling Areas
- Toys rotated in (bins in coat closet hold rotation toys), a fun road rug from Ikea
- TAG readers
- Magna doodles
- Play kitchen
- Lego table
- Mirrors and baby toys
- Educational posters
- Coffee table and other furniture for creative play
- Bible Time basket (for daily morning Bible Time and spontaneous reading)
- Library book basket
- Easel with art paper rools
- Dry erase and chalk boards (part of the easel)
- Flannel board (propped onto easel)
- Art display clipboards (more hung up in bathrooms)
- Pocket chart calendar
- Posters from current studies
- Memory verses
- Reward sticker charts
- Dry erase magnetic board
- Kids’ boxes: drawers for their special toys and found treasures
- Art area drawers: flannel pieces, smocks, etc.
- Toy table: We rotate creative toys for this space, like trains, blocks, dollhouses, etc.
- Baby toys like the cube shown
- Character charts from Doorposts
Bottom Row: Cloth bins with the kids’ socks, baby clothes, and seasonal wear.
Second Row: Puzzles and games (behind that chair), baskets to organize our work each day as well as a basket for coloring books and one for drawing supplies, and a cubby with my planning materials.
Middle Two Rows and Display:
1)A basket with crayons and pens separated in pencil pouches for each kid. Below that are our personal Bibles.
2) The display has our globe, a basket with stickers, cards and miscellaneous supplies, our devotionals, our job jar and prayer sticks, and various posters.
3) One cubby has reward items, calendar items, and manipulatives we’re currently using. Below that are the kids’ individual magazine files for storing saved work. That work will later be stored elsewhere or put into a notebook.
Top Row: My journals, planning materials and personal reading books are in the first cubby. The next two are for curriculum and books we’re using. The wicker basket holds random things like glue, scissors, pens, and other things we use often. The last cubby is a long bread box that holds cups of crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc. I also store paper cutters and hole punchers there.
Top of Bookshelf: The bins on the top are art supplies and busy bags. The flannelgraph is on the far right.
That is a lot of learning with small space homeschooling! It has changed over time but works pretty well for us. When the kids need to get away from the business, they can retreat to their rooms where music or learning CDs play, or sit in their “peace chair” and read a book.