We have all seen pictures of fancy glorious homeschool rooms. They are inviting and really draw you in. As a new homeschool mom, you may feel tempted to create a similar space for your children. However, what exactly are in these rooms? What parts of it would be most beneficial for learning? Don’t worry Mama, here are 12 easy homeschool room setup ideas you can apply to your learning space.
Don’t have a ton of space? Learn how to organize your homeschool supplies in a small space.
List of Homeschool Room Setup Ideas
If you don’t have time to read this full post here is a quick glance at what is covered. I encourage you to keep reading though because I have some great information under each section.
- Reading Corner
- Discovery Center
- Imaginary Play
- Writing Center
- Book Basket with Level Readers
- Nature Center
- Create Personalized Homeschool Wall Décor
- Homeschool Room Furniture
- Enhance Reading Skill By Labeling The Room
- Demonstration Area
- Space for Mom’s Materials
- Space to Store Homeschool Supplies
You will also find answers to these important questions…
- Where will you setup your homeschool room? – Understanding the layout and space you are working with.
- Determining if you even need a classroom.
- How to choose what should be in your homeschool room.
- What supplies are needed?
- How to keep your homeschool classroom clean and organized?
- When do I update my homeschool room?
- How many hours a day are required for homeschooling?
1. Reading Corner
A common homeschool room setup idea is a reading area. This area should feel just as inviting as your homeschooling room. It’s a space you will spend a small part of your day in. Therefore, make sure to provide comfy seating and a great book display.
Young children choose books attentively and in a timely manner whenever the covers are displayed. Book covers provide children with a quick glance at what the book may be about. It sparks curiosity and interest. Plus, it is an easy way to bring more color to the room!
2. Discovery Center
Young children love to explore new things. It’s one of the great ways they learn. So why not have space where you can change things out frequently.
It provides more hands-on play and other methods of learning. Plus, it is easy to switch and focus on your lesson goal for the week.
Some Ideas for Your Discovery Space…
- Sensory Bins
- Playdoh with Stamps
- Sensory Displays (dinosaurs, flowers, rocks, etc)
- Different art mediums
- Anything that relates to your lesson.
3. Imaginary Play
We all know how important play is for young children. This is exactly why we need to incorporate the most natural form of play in our learning space. Imaginary play is critical for development. It provides children with the ability to re-enact situations and give children the opportunity to express themselves.
Therefore, add a play kitchen, a box of dress-up clothes, or even unique toys that can be used for multiple things. Children love to explore these types of things. You really get to see a whole other side of your child whenever they are deep in their imaginative play. Remember, PLAY is learning!
4. Writing Center
Providing easily accessible writing materials enriches your child’s writing ability. Your homeschool room can have a writing area that will naturally encourage your child to write/draw more frequently.
This doesn’t have to be a large space. All you need is a small area where you can provide paper and other writing materials. A fancy pen is always appealing! These items can be placed in a bin or hung on the wall. Don’t forget to provide some clipboards for writing on the go.
Here are a few ideas you can add to a writing space in your homeschool room…
- A Mailbox
- Address Book
- Fancy Pen
- Easy access container to contain it all
5. Book Basket With Readers Level
Even if your child is not capable of reading, having a book basket filled with early reader material is terrific. If you don’t have any early readers another great option is to have a basket filled with their favorite books. You know… the ones they make you read over and over again.
Pre-readers benefit greatly from narrating their own stories by using the images on the pages. It’s a great way for them to take the led on reading and telling the story.
6. Nature Center
You do not need a large space for a nature center but incorporating nature is a fantastic addition to sensory needs. Plus, they bring bright colors to the room and are a natural air purifier.
Plants can be added to the room fairly easily. You could also display rocks or different types of bugs to encourage learning.
7. Create Your Own Homeschool Room Wall Décor
Forget buying all of the posters and wall decorations for your room. Instead, take this time to bond with your child and create homemade artwork to display on the walls.
You can basically recreate any poster in your own way. It’s a great way for children to have some extra practice on the subjects. Create a number line, alphabet line, shapes, colors, or more.
8. Homeschool Room Furniture
You can find a great second-hand kid’s table or get creative and build your own. The one pictured above is solid wood and you can get the instructions here to build it yourself. Super easy to do and it will last a long time. If you are not crafty there is a lot of great options to purchase as well.
A child-size table is a perfect invitation for young children. They can truly call it their own.
If you are working with a small space or enjoy the aspect of a traditional desk check these out.
Furniture for storage
The Ikea toy storage bins are very popular. We have three of them. However, consider the space you have to work with. Maybe you need something with a flat surface or the idea of a bench would be enriching.
It comes with 38 different organizing labels! These labels help you keep supplies and toys organized and clean.
9. Enhance Reading Skills By Labeling The Room
Labeling bins and areas of the room is a great way to expose your child to more words. It provides children with additional knowledge that words have meaning. Plus, it is a parent-free resource for copywriting whenever your child is practicing their writing skills.
Best of all… it helps keep things organized. Clean up time is more meaningful. Everything has its own place and it will be there whenever it needs to be used again.
Pro Tip: If you like to change items frequently use Velcro dots! This way you can easily switch out your labels as well.
10. An Area To Demonstrate
This area does not need to take up a lot of space, but having a space to demonstrate to your children is important.
Demonstrating can take many forms. You can work side by side one another, be more hands on, or use a dry erase board. Whichever you choose will work great. You will find that it is beneficial to teach in various ways.
Of course, you don’t need much if you plan to work side by side or be hands-on with learning. All you need is the materials and comfy space. However, a big whiteboard can be used for so many different things. Plus, kids LOVE to write on them.
Pro Tip: Make sure you hang the whiteboard at the child’s level for easier access.
11. Area For Mom’s Materials
Let’s not forget Mom needs her space too!
Provide yourself with at least one bookshelf to store your planner, calendar, teacher manuals, special pens, and other materials you don’t want your children getting into often.
You’ll be able to easily access today’s lesson plan and everything you need will be right there. This space is great for storing printed materials you need for the week as well. If there is spare time, you might even be able to seek a few other lesson plans while your children work on current activities.
12. Area To Store Supplies
Lastly, you need an area to store all of your homeschool supplies. This will help you keep your homeschooling room looking clean and well organized. Here are a few options…
- Wall Shelving
Don’t forget the bins! They seem like such a pointless thing to purchase, but they help you stay organized! It took me a long time to finally decide to purchase some. It makes life so much easier though. Also, don’t forget a great labeling system.
You can find more ideas on how to store your homeschool supplies here.
Where do you plan to have your homeschool room?
Since you’re reading this post I assume you already have an area where you would like to setup your homeschooling room or space. However, if you are having a hard time determining which area of your house might be best for educational purposes this might help.
Understand the space you have to work with. The more room you have the easier it will be to incorporate all of your resources.
Choose a space that makes sense!
Would it be a problem for your learning space to be in the same room as the kids’ playroom? Or maybe a space just for school would be beneficial?
Either way, the most important factor in setting up a learning space is for young children to understand and know this is where we will be doing school. Routine is key for young minds.
Do you really need a homeschool room?
Of course you don’t! That is the beauty of homeschooling. You don’t have to follow the traditional layout of education.
However, it may make things easier for you. It could help you stay organized, prepared, and ready for the next day. Plus, it might be the type of environment your child learns best in. Only you can determine that.
Yet, there are some situations that an at home classroom wouldn’t make sense.
If you find yourself wanting to spend most of your days outdoors then you don’t need a room for teaching. Let the world be your classroom.
You may live in a small apartment and all you have to work with is the living room. That is perfectly fine!
Don’t feel obligated to create a picture perfect classroom if it doesn’t fit your lifestyle and teaching needs.
How to choose what should be in your homeschool room.
When considering what to put in your educational space. Ask yourself these four questions.
- Is it educational?
- What will they learn by using this item?
- Is it age appropriate?
- Does it help us reach our goal?
If you answered yes to all of these questions then write it down on a piece of paper. Create a list of items that you feel would benefit your child’s learning experience.
After you have a list consider what your learning intent for the school year will be. Do any of these items meet the criteria? If so, then you’ll know that item belongs in your school.
What supplies are needed for homeschooling?
What supplies you need is going to depend on what goals you are trying to reach throughout the year. Of course, you are the only one who knows that. If you do not have your goals set I highly encourage you to do so!
Here is a basic list of supplies you will need. You can print this list here!
Curriculum of choice – unless you plan to build your own.
Planner – FREE simple planner below!
Access to the library
Dry erase board – optional
Dry erase markers – optional
Traveling art caddy – so wonderful to have!
Markers, crayons, and color pencils
Paint – tempera, watercolor, etc.
Oil pastels – optional
Glitter – optional
Pencils and pens
Notebooks – depending on age
Handwriting practice paper – early writers
What you choose to get will depend on how you want to organize and store prints/completed work.
Binders w/ sleeves or hole puncher
3 prong folders – great for individual subjects
Filing bin and file folders
How to keep your homeschool room clean and organized.
Labeling is going to be your best friend! Whenever you label bins and areas in your classroom they have a place to live. It makes cleaning up a lot easier as I stated before.
Timely clean up
Always clean up after you finish the lesson you are currently on. This eliminates an end of the day mess. Take the extra few minutes to put things back correctly.
Ask for 5 things
Ask your child to pick up 5 items and put them away. This makes cleaning up less stressful for them and gets them in a rhythm. You can always change the number and it gets counting practice in!
When to update your homeschool room.
You can update your homeschool room every year, but you do not have to completely remodel it.
Whenever your child masters a certain concept then it is safe to change things out. You will find yourself switching items semi-frequently.
You’ll know it is time to remodel the room whenever learning starts to become challenging in that space. Everyone is stressed out. The room just doesn’t bring enjoyment or desire to learn.
How many hours a day are required to homeschool your children?
This depends on your state’s laws. Some states require you to teach a certain amount of hours and certain subjects. Yet, there are states that have very flexible rules.
If your state does not have requirements then I suggest doing what feels natural. Your child may LOVE a certain subject. It is okay to spend a significant amount of time on it. It is also okay to spend more time on a subject they find challenging.
It is important to remember to provide breaks and get kids moving. Attention spans vary at different ages.
Here is a chart by Illinois State Board of Educations Remote Learning Recommendations.
You’ll see the amount of time needed is a small amount. However, if you find yourself spending more time teaching your children then don’t stress over it!
As long as they are enjoying their learning experience then it is okay for you to teach longer than recommended times.
It can be a ton of fun setting up your homeschool room. However it is important to give it some thought and utilize your space in a way that will encourage learning.
Remember to choose items that will benefit your child most and help you reach your homeschooling goals! I hope these homeschool room setup ideas were beneficial.
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