When you start homeschooling and follow these fun, amazing accounts on Instagram and mommy blogs, it’s so easy to get swept up into comparison.
I know I did! Big school rooms, gorgeous posters covering the walls, big whiteboards, desks, cubbies upon cubbies for organizing, and every educational toy or manipulative you could think of.
It was overwhelming to me and made me feel so inadequate because I couldn’t give that to my kids in my “small” house.
But here’s the deal. You don’t have to have a designated school room to homeschool your kids. If you do, that’s so awesome! You are blessed by that space you get to utilize! One of the beautiful aspects of homeschooling for me, though, is doing it wherever you feel comfortable.
We mostly do our schoolwork in the dining room. Sometimes we do our reading on the porch, our math on the couch, and on one rainy day we even did school from my cozy king-sized bed with cocoa to sip.
Homeschooling gives you the versatility to make it what it needs to be for your kids.
If you’re concerned about homeschooling taking up space in here to show you it doesn’t have to! Here’s my homeschooling space…
This bookshelf and craft cart hold everything we use for our school! I’ve even reorganized these shelves since starting this post.
I have a shelf for –
- My grown-up books about homeschooling and parenting.
- A shelf for Bible/devotions and read aloud books.
- A shelf for my oldest’s curriculum.
- A shelf for my middle’s curriculum.
- And a resource book shelf for miscellaneous things like topical books and dictionaries.
If you take a step back you can see that our homeschooling supplies only take up one small corner of our dining room!
I have room on the walls to hang some things and actually started putting up our chore chart from The Peaceful Press on the big mirror we have. Take advantage whatever space you have!
We have magazine holders to separate some binders for art and projects, and I love using baskets and trays to organize. I have one I keep on the top shelf for scissors and glue, and another for smaller items like flash cards, Play-Doh, and the like.
Simple and easy. If you have a smaller home, an apartment, or even just don’t too much space to give up – you can still homeschool.
Now that I’ve created a space for me and my kids that suits us, I can appreciate my favorite Instagram homeschool mamas even more. I might not have the space they do BUT they still offer incredible advice and perspectives. And I even snag some of their ideas too!
If you are new to homeschooling, I know it can be a lot. But you’ve got this! You know your kids better than anyone else in the whole world. Cut down to basics and find a place that will make this the best experience it can be for you and yours. 🧡
And stay tuned, coming soon I have some cool tips and products to share from a momma whose designed some really helpful printables and bundles for distance learning and homeschooling families alike!
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