Since every family is different, every homeschooling classroom is different, too. Only you can decide what works best in your home, with your kids, using your specific homeschooling tools. In addition to that, what your family can afford and how much space is available in the home makes a great difference, too.
On the other hand, getting tips from other families is a wonderful way to glean ideas and get inspired to try new things you hadn’t thought of before.
Fortunately, the Internet and the blogging community have come to the rescue in this area, providing hundreds of opportunities to see how other families organize and decorate their homeschool spaces. Just looking at their photos and hearing what has worked well for them (and what hasn’t) can be just what you need to come up with an organizational strategy all your own.
For starters, you might just want to check out these posts taken right from Quick Start Homeschool:
This one about creating workboxes for organization,
This one about using curriculum bins to hold materials,
And this one about fun and creative ways to store homeschooling memorabilia.
Then, have some fun searching the homeschooling universe for glimpses of how others are doing it elsewhere. In case you find this task overwhelming (as there are so many homeschool bloggers out there), I’ll get you started with just a few links that represent a variety of different approaches:
A total homeschool classroom reno using IKEA components, taken from Confessions of a Homeschooler
A classroom with Montessori learning in mind, from Living Montessori NOW
Homeschooling in an apartment, from Chocolate Covered Boy Joy
A dedicated school room with visuals and decorations (including a time line), from Adventures in Homeschooling
Homeschooling in a small space, from Living, Laughing and Loving
A schoolroom before and after, from Method Mom
A boy-themed school area, from It’s a Boy’s Life
An inexpensive classroom solution, from Mrs. Random [Access Me-ness]
A home equipped with goodies in just about every room, from The Joys of Home Educating
Using a long counter for children schooling side-by-side, from The Heartfelt Home
A dedicated classroom with many different kinds of storage solutions, from Vintage Homegrown Family
This family shows how they use the dining and living rooms as homeschool areas, from Dragonfly Days
And these are just a few — so please don’t be limited by only these examples!
Once you have found examples of spaces that inspire you and developed an idea of what schooling will be like in your home, set off to design and equip your family’s perfect homeschool area(s). And whether your schooling happens in one room, all rooms, or no rooms at all (“off-campus” at a library, in a minivan, an RV or anywhere else) your classroom spaces will reflect your individuality and be equipped with exactly what your students need.
[Photo: One of the map walls in my home!]