When I first began homeschooling, I had so many things set in my head. I knew how we would do our schoolwork, where we would be, what I would hang on the walls, and how well it would all work. Boy was I deluded!
After 12 years of homeschooling, one thing for sure that I know, is that I didn’t know ANYTHING when we started. Even now, I still don’t know it all. For me, homeschooling does NOT look like a school classroom. There are no desks lined up in a row. In fact, there are no desks. There are no posters on the walls. There are no bells, no set times for certain subjects (except lessons outside the house, where I pay for them) and no absolutely perfect days. You can take a look at a (sort of) typical day for us.
Our homeschool room is in the kitchen. The dining room table is large enough for the boys to dump out ALL of their school books, and have work space, and space for me at the end of the table. Not that I encourage them to dump out all of their books… but I’ll give you a guess as to how I know it fits.
We do book work, or more appropriately seat work, at the table. Handwriting, spelling, grammar, math…these things usually get done at the table. I say usually, +because D1 prefers to do math on the living room floor, but can’t always stay on task when he does that so it depends on what kind of a day he’s having. I don’t park the kids with their books, because they don’t stay on task reliably yet, and besides that I’m needed for guidance or help much of the time.
On the flip side, our couch gets a lot of school time too. We read everything in the living room. We practice Scripture memorization in the living room (on a mini trampoline!). At all times, we are pestered by puppies. They think that if we’re on the couch or in the living room, we must be there for their entertainment.
I would love to have a homeschool room, but I know I never will. I would love to hang up posters, but my husband doesn’t want our house to look like a school. I do have an out of sight solution: velcro under the edge of the upper cabinets. I just put velcro on the cabinet and velcro on whatever I want to hang, and voila’, instant (temporary) posters & maps. Even E thought that was a decent solution.
We don’t homeschool as if we have a school. We do school here, there, and everywhere. We are relaxed within our needed structure, and it works for us. That is all that matters!