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Homeschooling in a small space
Updated Aug 31,2022
You don’t need a BIG space to set up a homeschooling station. Although for many parents world wide we had to set up homeschooling stations because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the new school year approaches fast it seems that many are still keeping the same set up. Many parents feel that the system has failed to keep our children, therefore have decided to home school.
If you’re considering homeschooling and have NO IDEA how to set up, I have some ideas to share.
If not having space is stressing you out, well I have some good news for you! Stop stressing, you don’t need a whole room. You can homeschool fine with a small space. All you have to do is designate a space, that your child will be able to do his/her school work, you can definitively make this work. Once you designate the space this will determine how you are going to organize everything. At first, it can be overwhelming, but don’t let it get to you, start off with just the basic organizing tools.
You will need a flat sturdy surface to write and do their work. If you are able to fit a small table and don’t want to volunteer at the dining table, an easy and functional folding desk can work, or if you need a space saving desk, a wall-mounted drop-leaf folding table.
But I know mom’s, make it work no matter what so if you can spare the pace to add a computer desk or an adjustable kids’ desk, go ahead and make your kid homeschooling space comfortable. If not the kitchen counter or dining table will work just as well.
Storage options depend on how many kids you have and will be homeschooling. Is up to you what works for you and what you can fit in your space. You may already have some storage space available or some that you can clean out and repurpose. If you’re not sure, don’t stress it! Last year I bought my son cube open space shelf so he can have a place to put his uniform and backpack, more like a home cubby. This year I will be using it for his textbooks and other school material. A 3 tier rolling cart is the #1 essential on everyone’s college dorm list, I can see why. This cart is so versatile and can be used for so many school storage solution. I just ordered one for my son, this is such a great mobile storage tool for all school supplies.
As a busy momma, a planner is a must. Is also very important to keep track of your kids work, school work due date and other important dates. For many parents, remote learning is something new it wasn’t planned but is something we have to do for the safety of our kids, family and community.
You definitively need a bit of wall space, because the classroom is going to take up some wall space. Whiteboard with a cork board is simply amazing to keep up to date and set reminders. Depending on where you are planning to set up your homeschool space, you may have to re-arrange that room decor.
Whether you will do partial homeschooling or homeschool for the semester, you are going to need school supplies.
Book bins are the biggest life saver. You can divide and label each by subject to keep it all books and notebooks organize, and handy when your kids need to do work for that particular subject.
For those doing the cohorts learning 2-3 days on and 2 days virtual learning, you need a MUST sign station with file organizers. You know how it is when you child goes to school and comes back with a good amount of papers that needs to signed.
If you simply don’t have the space to accommodate a small table/desk, a portable homework caddy is a solution. Perfect for keeping your kid’s books, papers, pencils, and much more to easily move from place to place. You don’t need to create a replica of an actual schoolroom, so don’t stress that. You can homeschool over the kitchen table or kitchen counter if this is the most comfortable spot for you and your family.
A multipurpose storage organizer with drawers can be so versatile especially if you are working with a small space or none at all. Great for storing all books, papers, school supplies, and much more.
You will need a Printer, especially if you are homeschooling or working from home. HP Tango Printer is very compact, wireless and can easily be stored anywhere. Doesn’t take much space and it does the job.
This year has been an interesting one. If you set a plan, you can balance homeschooling and working from home. Hope you can find my simple list useful. Let me know what essential you used for homeschooling your kids. Love to hear all about it, leave comments below.
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