So, we have this large room downstairs that is dedicated to homeschooling, yet, towards the end of last school year we really stopped using it! it’s become a big mess and it was hard to keep things straightened up down there, and it was a distraction. So, it has now become school storage room!
I have moved our workboxes up stairs to the living room, where we were doing school anyways!
The nice thing is the laptop is up there, so I can be there to help with computer assignments and other assignments. It is also away from the toy room, which is great, because the MESS in there always got me off on the wrong foot every morning!
Since it’s our living room, it gets cleaned up every night (as opposed to just the door shut). It’s been really great so far, and am think it will continue to go well.
The only issue is bringing stuff up and down the stairs for the younger kiddos workboxes, but that’s only weekly, so not a HUGE deal.
This is our set up:
Workboxes for the older two, I color coded them this year, the two bottom boxes (different color) are just supplies. On top are books they need for the subjects in the boxes below (mostly my oldest son), a magnet/dry erase board for spelling and a device charging station.
Workboxes for the youngest two, on top are supplies and resource books. To the left of the boxes are books and supplies for upcoming units, I have since moved this next to the bookshelf in the living room.
This cart from Ikea, has teacher manuals on the bottom, circle time materials in the middle and on top is a file box to file work for their portfolio. The baskets on top are places in front of the workboxes each day for them to place finishes work for me to check. Of course, there is the laptop there at the desk too!
It’s very plain and simple. I also just purchased a few lap desks to share, and the kitchen table is just around the corner, should they choose to work there (most of the time they do not though).
I love how simple the set up is, and how there is no clutter to stress me out (until I go down to the school room to get something, YIKES!).
I have the workboxes for the older 3 (K, 2nd, 5th) assigned by subject. So they do not change much, and for my almost 3 year old, I do change up the activities I put in there (see more about that on our curriculum post).
So you don’t really need a big homeschool room (unless you are like me and have WAY to many supplies! I REALLY need to sort through that stuff!).
We do have A LOT of bookshelves not pictured here, there are 2 in the Living Room, and a lot more downstairs. Most the stuff dedicated to homeschooling, however, is in the room formerly known as the school room.