When we first made the decision to homeschool our three children, the first query we needed to answer was where to set up the kids’ workplace. My husband tried to be helpful, but I ended up telling him I would take care of it all. I guess I am a little bit of a control freak when it comes to certain things. Since I was going to be the one in charge of all of the schooling, I wanted everything set up the way I wanted it to be. Looking back, I should have let him help me more because I became pretty overwhelmed during the planning and preparation process.
I could transform the playroom into a makeshift classroom, but I didn’t really like the idea of all of their toys and distractions being in the same room where they need to concentrate on their lessons. I also didn’t like the idea of setting up their workspace in their bedrooms because I believe schoolwork should not be in the same vicinity as their resting place. So, as much as I disliked the idea of transforming our dining room into a home classroom, I decided I had no other reasonable choice. My main hesitation was not having the dining room available for formal dinners, but I knew creating a productive learning environment was so much more important.
Our home isn’t a tiny home, but it is still relatively small for the five people, two dogs, one guinea pig, three gerbils, and two fish that live in it. My next objective was to create some designated space where we could house all of our school supplies. We also needed adequate space to spread out our work so that the kids can really see what we are working on for projects or daily lessons.
There was also a long list of items that we needed in order to make our home classroom efficient. First, I needed to decide between desks or tables for the kids’ workspace. After I thought about it for awhile, I decided to go with desks because the ones I looked at had drawers attached for extra storage space. Storage space was of the utmost importance in our small room. As far as deciding on the rest of the furniture, I also needed desk chairs, lights, a bookcase, and a filing cabinet. So far we have made it work with these items but as the kids get older and the projects become more involved, I am going to have to add some more storage pieces to house all of our supplies.
I also had to purchase a computer and have since added a second computer. Other necessary items included an easel, teacher and student workbooks, some textbooks, notebooks, construction and graph paper, markers, pens and pencils, protractors and compasses, and calculators. Each year the list has grown so if you are considering homeschool for your children, be prepared to spend a lot more money on supplies than you think you need.
I am still very glad (and fortunate) that we made the decision to homeschool our children. It was not an easy decision by any means. I had to rearrange my schedule and adjust to having all three kids at home with me all day. I have learned that I cannot personally provide quality lesson plans and supplies for every single subject that we cover.
I do know that I do the best I can every day to teach them not only academic lessons, but life lessons, which is not something a child will always learn in a traditional school system. I have learned so much about myself during this time as well, and have learned so many new things. It is very rewarding for all of us to learn and grow with each other.
I did a lot of research online during my planning and found this website very helpful when I was creating my supply list.