No Homeschool Room? No Problem!

Don't feel bad for not having a dedicated homeschool room! Join me as I share how our homeschool has grown past our school room.

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No Homeschool Room? No Problem!

Whether you’re a veteran homeschool family or just starting out, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t have a dedicated homeschool room. We have had a homeschool room from the start, but the more we embrace a lifestyle of learning, the less time we spend doing lessons in our homeschool room. It has become a place to store our curriculum, books, and resources, to organize and plan, and to reflect on our homeschool journey, but it’s no longer where we spend most of our days.

(You can see pictures of our homeschool room from 2012-13 and 2013-14 using these links. It hasn’t changed much, so I’m not posting new pictures this year.)

BookGirl now prefers to work on her lessons in her room, with her cat sleeping nearby. Princess likes to work on the floor in her room or the den. I have had kids sitting on the edge of the tub asking me questions about confusing parts of lessons while I dry my hair. The girls have piled onto my bed on Friday mornings for writing workshops. We often meet at the kitchen table for learning, especially when we’re working on subjects the girls do together (mostly science and social studies). When we’re experiencing spring fever on a gorgeous day, we sometimes move our studies outside.

But our learning experiences go far beyond our home. We take field trips whenever possible, both to supplement what we’re learning at home and to find new subjects that interest us to study when we return home again. The girls have done their lessons in the car or in waiting rooms when we had to travel to specialist appointments. We listen to audiobooks when we run errands. We participate in group activities and classes in our community.

As the girls get older and the world becomes their classroom, the homeschool room just isn’t as important to us as it was early in our homeschool journey. I’m thankful we have it (especially all the bookshelves!), but it is no longer the hub of our homeschool. Our learning takes place all over the house, our community, our state, and, as the girls get older, beyond.

Only have a closet or corner to store your homeschool supplies? That’s okay. A dedicated homeschool room is not the solution to your homeschool woes. In fact, it might keep you from finding a lifestyle of learning for your family—one that goes far beyond a homeschool room!

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6 Responses to No Homeschool Room? No Problem!

  1. Jamie says:

    We’ve had the same experience, using our dedicated school area less and less as the years go by. I still have places for “stuff” but we do our learning just about everywhere.

  2. We have downsized our “room” to a rolling cart, two “dump buckets” and the bookshelves. Our current mini-setup is here: http://mamahousemouse-rambles.blogspot.com/2014/08/another-year-of-homeschool-another.html

  3. Beth Mora says:

    I love your last statement, “A dedicated homeschool room is not the solution to your homeschool woes. In fact, it might keep you from finding a lifestyle of learning for your family—one that goes far beyond a homeschool room!” Well said Jennifer!
    I also love your bed-top writing workshop!

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