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Setting Up Your Homeschool Space

Back to School: Starting the Year off Right series.

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Student Desk/Work Space

Student Desk/Work Space

Beverly Hernandez

My dream was to have a separate school room for homeschooling, but it never became a reality. Our schooling memories are still special and my children are educated. We spent many hours cuddled up together with our books on the couch on a cold day. Sometimes, we headed out back with a blanket and our school books and enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine while we did our studies. Most of the time, we were gathered around the kitchen table, and it was a nice place to be.

Not many of us are fortunate enough to have an extra room for a classroom or a travel trailer classroom, most of us work around the kitchen table or have small areas with desks and bookshelves. Even if you don't have a specific area, you can have plastic tubs or boxes that can be brought out and stored back away out of sight. You can have a card table or folding table to set up for extra space for working on projects.

With whatever space you have available, establish a school area and set up your supplies to be easily accessible and organized.

We've always kept a craft box with supplies for lots of craft projects. Each child had their own (a Christmas present one year) stocked with doilies, beads, different pasta shells, buttons, glitters, glue, stickers, Popsicle sticks, and many other items. They still have their craft boxes, after all these years.

  • Set up a work space for your student with good lighting.
  • Supplies for each child:Paper, pencils, erasers, crayons, scissors, calculator, ruler, etc.
  • Supplies for the teacher:Lesson plans, teacher books, reward stickers, and whatever else you need.
  • Set up a specific area to keep school books, reference books and other books you'll need.
  • Have art and science supplies organized and handy.
You can help other homeschoolers by showing your study area and how you have things set up. The goal here is to show off your everyday and special spots.

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