For parents, homeschool can be like a ''Choose Your Own Adventure'' book. Which homeschool curriculum is best? Should you join a homeschool cooperative or go it alone? And how do you furnish a home classroom? The five ideas in this post can help you set up a practical, comfortable teaching space.
The Homeschool Classroom—Considerations
Whether you're revamping your existing homeschool room to meet your growing children's needs or designing a homeschool room from scratch, these five ideas cover everything from organization to ergonomics. Additionally, these ideas can be used in any homeschool room—whether that room doubles as your kitchen, your dining room, or your living room.
Idea #1: Boards of Education
Whiteboards, chalkboards, bulletin boards, or memo boards can all be effective tools in your homeschool room.
Whiteboard or Chalkboard
A traditional chalkboard or dry-erase board provides a generous writing surface when teaching. It also gives your children space to solve math problems or conjugate verbs. And it encourages both you and your students to move around, which has several health and learning benefits.
Often used in traditional classrooms, a bulletin board can be a useful addition to your homeschool room. Have your children help decorate it, theming it for school subjects or the seasons of the year. It can also be used to display reference materials or student work. Cork tiles and felt memo tiles make stylish, creative alternatives to traditional bulletin boards.
Idea #2: Ergonomics Lessons
When you're setting up your homeschool classroom space, you may not be thinking much about ergonomics. But functional design is just as important in the classroom as in the office. With the right planning, your homeschool room can be made comfortable for long hours of lessons and study.
Sturdy, flexible seating can help your students concentrate. If you can't find adjustable height chairs at a reasonable price, shorter children can protect their posture by resting their feet on a small box placed under the table.
Don't forget about task lighting, which reduces eyestrain. Classwork is easier when everyone can see properly. And your students can try some hands-on experiments with the new task lighting!
Idea #3: Homeschool Power Station
Most homeschool classrooms incorporate portable electronics like laptops and tablets. A universal charging station can recharge several portable devices simultaneously. To safeguard your classroom electronics, use a power strip with surge protection in conjunction with your charging station.
Idea #4: File Cabinet
A file cabinet might seem like old-school equipment for your modern homeschool room. Yet it's a timeless, multi-functional tool that can provide storage for homeschool necessities.
Besides storing hard copies of homeschool records, a small file cabinet can help keep your homeschool room tidy. Use it to house school supplies, such as:
- Construction paper
- Printer paper
- Lined paper for essays
- Composition books
File cabinets are available in a wide range of styles. If you want something less business-like for your homeschool space, consider using decorative bins for your files and other supplies. You could also convert a little-used drawer in your existing furniture to a file drawer or cache your files inside a closet or cabinet.
Idea #5: Shelves for Schoolbooks
Even with many online homeschool resources, it's likely that you'll still include traditional books as part of your curriculum. And while research shows that traditional books can have advantages over their electronic counterparts, they do take up more space than ebooks.
Instead of planting a forest of book trees in your kitchen, living room, or dining room, find a convenient place for a few shelves. They can be tailored to fit the ambiance of the room, just as long as they're an appropriate height for your students.
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