6 practical ideas for creating a great homeschooling space

6 practical ideas for creating a great homeschooling space

6 practical ideas for creating a great homeschooling space6 practical ideas for creating a great homeschooling space

During the past year, we've all had to adapt to the way we live now and the way our kids complete their schooling.  Co-creating a dedicated space where they can focus on their schoolwork will keep them on track and allow you to concentrate on ensuring they continue to learn informally. We hope that you love these 6 practical ideas for creating a great homeschooling space. 

6 practical ideas for creating a great homeschooling space

Here are some practical ideas for creating an organized homeschooling space, even if it is limited and shared by other members of the family.

Use a privacy shield

Either buy one or simply make a DIY version which will be just as effective in helping to block out distractions. Take some folding cardboard, decorate or paint as required, and it can really help divide the space into ‘study’ or ‘non-study areas’, sending a ‘Do Not Disturb’ signal to those around. 

Hang a whiteboard

If you have plenty of space, you might want to add a flipchart so your kids can jot down their ideas using waterproof markers. However, if floor space is more limited, consider hanging a whiteboard near the study area.  A blackboard also gives plenty of scope for creativity, but of course, you have to expect it to be dusty. Whichever you choose, they’ll soon find a hundred different ways to use it

Lots of games

Homeschooling can get really intense, not only for students but also for parents. As much as possible, keep it light and use educational games as learning aids. There are hundreds online –any teacher supply store will offer a stream of great ideas. 

Get organized

When kids are being homeschooled, there's always the challenge of keeping additional papers and books organized. When they’re left scattered over the table or desk, it reduces the available working space.  Invest in extra caddies, folders, and baskets. Hanging storage files are great space savers and make papers easy to put away and locate.

Keep them focussed

Virtually every classroom will have posters, displays, and aids to manage behavior.  Invest in one or two, such as a colorful ‘goals thermometer’ poster to ensure your kids can see the progress they’re making while they’re isolated from their teachers and classmates.  

Clear the space

Kids are used to the rhythm of a school day – they know when it starts when the breaks are, and when it's over for the day.  At home, these boundaries can get blurred for any number of reasons: parental availability and working patterns, distractions from siblings, loss of focus, and motivation.

That’s why, whether your child has their own room to study in, or they’re using a shared space, it’s a good idea to pack as much as possible out of sight until the next study period.  A cupboard with plenty of shelf space and doors, where everything can be stored out of sight, will help to ‘close’ school for the day.  If that’s not practical, consider using a light screen to partition the area off.

In the end, the goal is to create a learning space that’s bright and comfortable for your kids, so that it enhances their ability to learn during any period of homeschooling, and encourages good habits of consistent effort and being organized.

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