Location, location, location! If possible, set up a homeschool room in a space with several windows and ample sunlight. A sundrenched learning space will naturally energize your students, lift their moods and keep them engaged throughout the day. The view beyond the homeschool room windows can also serve as quick-and-easy inspiration for art projects, writing worksheets and science lessons.
Homeschooling multiple students at different grade levels in the same room can be tricky. Lifestyle blogger and home educator Markëta Howard shares her go-to approach to making it work with two kiddos. "Although my children are at different learning levels, they enjoy working together," says Howard. "I always keep materials they both like available and encourage my son to help my daughter with things he’s good at (and can be patient with!) like helping with her reading practice or with identifying numbers. If you have children of multiple ages I encourage you to give them opportunities to engage in both independent and collaborative work."
The secret to a successful homeschool room for middle and high school students is removing as many external distractions as possible. Caitlin Carter, a high school teacher, stresses the importance of creating a clean, comfortable and phone-free zone in the learning space.
All students need a break sometimes. Create a mini, built-in break area in your homeschool room with a plush rug, a small table for snacks or crafts and opaque storage cubbies filled with playtime activities.
Set your student up for success by outfitting their homeschooling room with their interests in mind and make space for both independent work and play.
"For pre-K and young elementary school students, it’s important to create structure throughout their day to maximize engagement and skill-retention during the school year.
Create a sense of order and calm in your homeschooling room by strategically organizing your school supplies.
Markëta Howard encourages parents to take cues from their kids to optimize their learning schedule each day. "Create a schedule that takes advantage of the time when your children are most fresh and ready to work, usually in the morning. Then make sure they’ve had breakfast (so important!) before starting school.
Give middle and high school students space to focus away from younger siblings by creating a calm homeschooling space at the kitchen or dining table.
Take notes from this adorable space and outfit your homeschooling room with soothing colors, easy-to-clean surfaces and streamlined furnishings. Designer Bria Hammel uses a sleek midcentury modern table for kids to work on paired with simple metal chairs to complete the look. Green crate storage adds a splash of lively color to the room and keeps supplies tucked away and out-of-sight between lessons.
Article by Maria Conti
(All info via HGTV.com)