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The Ideal Homeschool Classroom Setup For Successful Kids
I get asked about our homeschool classroom set up all the time. Do we have special room in our house for homeschooling? Are there chalkboards and whiteboards everywhere? Did we add some of the Montessori elements to our room? Are there stations everywhere?
The answer is no.
Just a hard no to all of it.
Pinterest is filled with these elaborate classrooms and it seems very intimidating. If you’re a first time homeschooler, you may be thinking you need to drop a few thousand dollars to create this Pinterest-perfect homeschool classroom with stations. Even one of my children’s textbooks uses a home addition of a classroom as a math lesson.
There is no way I’d add a whole room to my house just to educate my kids.
I firmly believe that the mindset of homeschool has to shift. As parents, we are accustomed to our kids being in school 6-8 hours per day with stations and special activities. We believe if our kids are to succeed, they need the same thing.
The truth is, they don’t.
Learning occurs 24/7 and so you don’t need a special room in your home to help your children learn and succeed in this life.
First of all, we only homeschool 1-2 hours per day. That’s it. There’s no 8 hours of focused learning. The school system must spend 6-8 hour a day with your kids because they are teaching 20+ students at one time.
There’s no individuality.
That third grade teacher cannot possibly know if your child is actually retaining or not until test time and by then, they have to move forward.
The reason our school textbooks repeat lessons and build the way they do is because some kids get the lesson on Monday and some don’t understand until Thursday so this system is designed to help kids get “all the help they can” before moving on.
But when you homeschool, you get to actually interact one on one with your child so you don’t need to do the same 20 addition problems for four days.
With that in mind, we don’t need a homeschool classroom.
We sometimes sit at the kitchen table with our books. Sometimes we sit in the living room. Sometimes we teach outside. Sometimes we teach while camping or in their bedroom. Maybe we take a trip.
We utilize books and resources all around us. My grandma just sent the kids a book on identifying bugs in their own backyard and they love it. They will see a bug and run inside to check out the bug in their book. We utilize things like baking to teach them about measurements, science and different cultures. We don’t limit the learning to books and worksheets.
This week is shark week so we’re doing cool experiments from Hobby Lobby and learning from The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy They’re constantly learning and we don’t need to confine them to a specific room in the house.
I want my kiddos to feel like they can learn anywhere and anytime. By not having a dedicated classroom, the world is our classroom. If we as Christians believe that God created everything, then there is truth to be learned everywhere.
We want our kids to know they can learn anywhere and be encouraged to do so. When we remove the confines of the classroom they feel ready and open to learn everywhere.
Philippians 4:9 says, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
God created all things and we ask our children to test what they have learned against what they know of God. I have found when they use the world as their classroom and God as the ultimate teacher, they retain more and feel inspired to learn more.
With the freedom to learn anywhere, anytime, they often ask for more to learn. They want to spend more time reading or playing educational games on their tablet like Khan Academy or Teach Your Monster to Read.
Our hope is by not creating a physical classroom, they continue to love learning and seek knowledge everywhere they go.
With that said mama, there’s no need to create some special place in your home where your children can learn.
Let them learn on the couch, on their bed, sitting outside, wherever they feel comfortable learning. The physical space doesn’t matter. What matters is what they learn and how encouraged they felt in that process.
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