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.