It is always a challenge to arrange our “spaces” when we move into a new home. For us that has been every 6-months to three years.
Now, we create rooms with modularity in mind. What fits in one home may not fit in the next, so we try to be flexible.
Any installations aren’t permanent and it’s not worth investing a lot in things that we can’t take with us on our next assignment. After our move to Florida and a year of using this school room, it has finally come together. We have multiple kid-friendly learning/play/art spaces in our home (more on those another time), but this is our hub for homeschool. We often move our lessons outside on the porch, to a park or around the breakfast table, but the kids and I also love having a dedicated space for our materials, computers and morning school work.
Here’s a preview of our low-budget school space designed with our four kids aged 1, 2.5, 4.5 and 7 in mind (which would work equally as well as an office/reading nook/study space/homework station if you are not homeschoolers):
I’ll share more this week but the key design elements that make our homeschool space happy, modern and functional are:
- Comfy couch/futon (that doubles as a guest bed) for snuggling and reading and working on most lessons except writing and math
- Library book basket
- Kid friendly, built in desk area with two computers and a writing station
- Vintage lockers (refinished by yours truly) that holds all of our books and school supplies.
- Toy bin for the baby (toddler games and books are in the lockers)
- Printer kiosk
- School desk for copy work, writing, drawing
- Magnetic whiteboard
- Pocket chart
- Magazine wall files
- Comfy hopscotch rug provides a touch of whimsy and play, reading, study space. We often do our math lessons with manipulatives on the floor.
- Decor that isn’t too childish or expensive, but infuses an element of happy into our school area
More details to come this week on how to create a space that reflects your family’s personality, but feel free to ask questions.