I really enjoy seeing how others organize their homeschool. When I was first thinking about homeschooling, all I wanted to do was to be invited to other homeschooling families' homes so I could see how this thing called "homeschooling" was done.
What I've learned over the years is that each family is so different and that's the beauty of homeschooling. You can organize/decorate/do/use what works for you and your family.
So, this is how we organize our homeschool. :)
We live in a ranch style home with each room being used for its intended purpose, which means that we do not have a separate room for our school stuff. However, I enjoy using our small spaces in creative ways to accommodate homeschooling, while still maintaining the style of decor that I like. In the past, I've had different ways of organizing our homeschool. This was one way we used to have our "school space" set up.
Currently, this is where our kids do some of their independent, sit-down, pencil-type schoolwork. Here's a post about this area. We also use the kitchen table which is on the other side of the kitchen - just opposite this table. It's nice to have two places for kids to be separated if they need their "own space".
All of their current school work is in those baskets. I also bought these Ikea magazine files and those fit on each side of the baskets. They hold their planners and some lightweight workbooks and readers.
I used to have plastic rolling drawers in the entry closet that held paper, crayons, markers, art supplies, play dough, etc. but my entry closet was always cluttered. In order to free up closet space, I was looking for a new storage unit that could go in the hallway to hold all the school/art supplies. I recently found this cabinet at an antique store. It was exactly what I had been looking for. Even the color was perfect!
|The elephant carving is a souvenir from a mission's trip to Thailand. I lugged that thing on the plane as my carry-on. Everyone thought I was nuts (including myself at times!), but I'm so happy I bought it. It's such a beautiful work of Thai art!|
Before we entered the store, I warned my children that there would be "absolutely no touching". Jonny (6 years old) replied, "What happens if my arm accidentally flings out (exuberant flinging of his arm ensues) and touches something?" After laughing, I told him that there will be "absolutely no accidental flinging of arms". They all did very well in the store, and there was no accidental (or otherwise) flinging of arms. :)
Emilia and I searched through the house to find any baskets, buckets, and jars we could find to hold all of the "stuff". I wanted it to look organized and cute, but I also didn't want to spend a lot of money on matching baskets to achieve my goal.
Painting supplies. Everything is easily accessible and not too crowded so that it's convenient for little hands.
The markers are in the box (that came with a whole set of car waxing stuff) on the bottom shelf. The basket on the top shelf holds the scissors, glue and tape.
I've had this elephant bucket sitting in my basement for years, just waiting for a purpose. It now holds paper and coloring books. :)
And here is a view of our "school space" all together. I like that it's close to the kitchen so that I can check on whatever they are doing while I'm doing what I do - making food, cleaning up the food, making more food, cleaning up again... ;)
As far as extra storage for books and curriculum I'm not currently using, we have built in shelving in our living room, space under the couch, and tall metal filing cabinets in our basement.
The "command center".
The organized cabinet that holds children's picture books.
The unorganized cabinet that holds mostly baby toys and books with some random school stuff as well.
I cut down boxes to use for more book storage under the couch. We have a lot of books.
And here's the messy chapter book bookshelf (at least the books aren't all over the ground like they often are) and the load of laundry that I hadn't folded when I took the picture. :)
Right next to the couch in our living room, I keep a basket full of our library books.
And when they are done reading the books, they go in this basket that's in our new entryway closet area. I used to put all the library books that needed to be returned on the ledge next to the door, but that looked so messy. So, I decided we needed a new place. This is working out much better. Emilia will sit here against the pillows to read. So practical. Gotta love that.
So, there you have it! Our homeschool. :)
(Also linked up to the Hip Homeschool Hop)