It is not that easy to change the formation, design, and storages in a homeschool classroom, especially if you have limited space and energy. It means that you will have to move the storage, furniture, and decoration. You will also have to do a deeper clean in the room. That must be a hard work for a busy homeschool mom as well. However, there are some occasions when you have strong reasons to change homeschool classroom. You will need to do it for the sake of your children and yourself. Here are 7 signals for you to change homeschool classroom.
7 Reasons to Change Homeschool Classroom
The little learners will need more space for movement and toys. The time is flying that many homeschooling moms don't realize that kids grow. It means that their needs will also be different from their younger ages. In case you have multiple children, you still need to accommodate the needs of older siblings, without ignoring the younger ones. For example, the middle and high school children need more space to keep their think books and they will prefer more teens decorations.
It is natural when you want to have a better arrangement of your homeschool classroom. From your previous experience in the classroom, you might find a better way to make all movements and storage more efficient in use. In a new arrangement of stationary keeping and furniture, you would be able to get easier ways to access everything. Thus, your lessons will be more smoothly.
A newly arranged room usually can give more motivation for both mother and children. It doesn't mean that you don't like the old arrangement, but it is simply to refresh your mind. Too long time using the same room arrangement makes us bored and having a newly arranged homeschool classroom will give a breeze of a fresher environment to our homeschool activities. As a result, you will get more motivated.
Worn Out Things
Rearranging your homeschool classroom is also a way to check out some stuff that already worn out. It is useless to keep them all of the time. You can decide if you can fix and keep or if you want to donate or throw away. You might have some torn posters, coloring things that don't work anymore or any scrapping paper that you can sell, recycle or reuse. Adding new things in your homeschool classroom is a chance to change the room.
Show Off Creativity
To change the homeschool classroom can be a way to show off creativity. Consider it as just a fun activity. You can plan, manage, and show off the creativity you have in your mind to get a different or a unique homeschool classroom.
Well, it is normal when you display the animal posters and toys when you are doing the animal unit study. If you have preschool to grade 3 levels, you will have phonics pockets or posters on your homeschool classroom wall. At this moment, we have a lot of access to the classical Shakespeare novels, portable speakers and reading notebooking pages because our focus this year is Shakespeare. We will display the microscope when our focus is biology. The academic demands should influence the way you arrange the homeschool classroom.
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How to Change Homeschool Room
First of all, you will need to declutter everything. Decide what you want to do with them, either you want to keep, dismiss, or donate. Don't give a chance for yourself to make new piles of things that will never use. Here is for an example, we usually have a lot of small coloring pencils and crayons from the previous years. In the past, I would usually put them into packs to use later on. In fact, I also purchase new packs, because kids love it. They will never use the old and small coloring stuff. After several years, I just change my mind. I would put away the used stuff and either donate and recycle. As a result, I will have more space to use.
Check Out Some Spots
Do you use wall poster? If you don't you can consider using ones, because your children will love some colorful things and it might be some things they need to look up often. Here are some examples of posters you might need:
10 Educational Wall Posters For Kids – ABC – Alphabet, Solar System, USA & World Map, Numbers 1-100 +, Days of the Week, Months of the Year, Emotions, Time, Money | Learning Charts (18×24 – PAPER)Kappa United States Wall Map USA Poster, Home/School/OfficeSet of 7 Algebra Posters | Math Educational Charts in high gloss paper (33Full Set of 45 Math Posters | Math Educational Charts in high gloss paper (33Rime Wall Frieze – Classroom ResourceLearning Resources Calendar and Weather Pocket ChartPunctuation- Grammar and Writing Tools – PosterPtable.com 2017 Periodic Table Poster (63×45Human Body Education Poster Print, 24×36 Collections Poster Print, 24×36
Our climate is very humid and the air is dusty. Therefore, I always check the wall posters we have. If you use laminating machine, you will have longer lifetime.
Posters are not always good for everyone. If you have an easily distracted kid, you might need to put your wall plainly white, or you might need to have a special corner for him or her to concentrate better.
Stationary or writing tools are very important. You need to decide if you want children to use a common or individual space to store and keep their stationary. In the first years in homeschool, we used common or public space for keeping stationary, but we changed into individual storage to give more responsibility for children.
The use of carousel is great for common storage. Here are some great ideas:
Desktop Art Carousel – 101 Piece Set Includes Colored Pencils, Crayons, Watercolors, Kid Safe Scissors, Glitter Glue, Stamps, Markers, Eraser, and Organizer! – For Ages 4 and Up7 Cup Studio Rotating Colored Pencil Storage Holder Organizer, Holds 200+ Pencils, Cosmetic Makeup or Paint BrushesmDesign Art Supplies, Crafts, Crayons and Sewing Organizer Tote – Small, Light GraymDesign Art Supplies, Crafts, Crayons and Sewing Organizer Tote – Clear
For individual pencil case, we love something big enough to keep each person's colorful markers, highlighters, pens, pencils, and erasers. Kids still have smaller pencil case for outside activities that don't need colors. Here are some ideas:
ColorIt Large Pencil Case 6BTSKY® Handy Wareable Oxford Pencil Bag 72 Slots Pencil Organizer Portable Watercolor Pencil Wrap Case (Pink) by BTSKY®10 Assorted Regular & Bright Color 3 – Ring Pencil Pouch with Mesh / Net Window (10 Assorted Color)BTSKY High Capacity Zippered PU Leather Pencil Case–120 Slots Multi-functional Stationery Pen Case Pencil Holder (Purple)
In this modern world, many people want to be paperless to save the world and to be more practical. However, it sounds nearly impossible for children to be totally paperless. In facts, many homeschooling families still use some of the hard copy books, either as text books, reference, story books, and workbooks. One benefit of having homeschool classroom is the availability of storages, including the book storages. To display the books is one way to increase children's interest in reading.
Hands-on learning materials or tools are great ways to engage children in learning. Children from the young to older ages still can use the hands-on learning tools. It doesn't choose any learning age. The Science experiment tools are included in this category. Before you make or change your homeschool room, you need to facilitate the need of hands-on storage so that you can keep your materials more organized.
There are various hands-on storages for children based on the learning ages, starts from the mathematics manipulation tools, alphabet, and phonic tools.
There are some different needs availability in stations. Many families are available with more space at homeso that they can make
Pay Attention to the Traffic
How many children do you homeschool? If you have only a child to homeschool, traffic or people movement in the homeschool classroom is not an issue. There are only you and the child that can access the stuff and room. The more children you have to use the homeschool room, room traffic will be a harder issue to solve. You need to try your best that everyone can access their needs easily so there isn't any issue in the lesson time.
You can involve children to arrange the room. Let's listen to their opinion. You don't always need to follow their opinion, but who knows that there is some surprising opinion from children. Even if you cannot use their idea, they should feel glad for being involved.
- Thus, they will have a more self-belonging feeling.
- We can expect they will have sense of responsibility
Set The Rule
To maintain the homeschool classroom you will need some positive, general and logical rules. Here are some general rules you might need to use:
- Keep the room clean (means that they need to eat outside the classroom and to do other things that make the room dirty)
- Put the things on the right place
- Treasure your belongings
Since there are rules, there should be the natural and logical consequence. It is like:
- When children make the room dirty, they have to clean.
- Children need to search the stuffs they lost
Be strict with the rule as it will help children to have good habits.
Our Homeschool Classroom 2017
After 2 years using the same homeschool classroom oraganization, we decided to change our classroom this year:
- We replace the workboxes with baskets in new shelves
- The table position is on the left side now. It leaned to the right wall
- We expose the periodic table and the classical novels because we focus on chemistry and classical literature now
Those are only our homeschool classroom changes this year, but it means a lot to us. How is your homeschool classroom? Do you make any changes?
Do you want to check out how this room was before the change? Here is the post for the previous homeschool classroom:
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