We finally finished our homeschool space and I am in love! I can’t wait to share it with you, but before I do let me share this:
Don’t worry this is still a food blog! I want to start covering some of what we do as a real foodie family. I’ll share a glimpse of what we have going on a couple of times a month along with some travel posts!
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How to Create a Homeschool Space
1)Pick a room that is easily accessible
You want to be able to walk into the kitchen and empty the dishwasher, while your kid is working independently. Personally, I also wanted them to have plenty of access to all the books we have in there. We have a pretty open floor plan, so I choose the back sunroom that is also our TV room. My husband and I try to have two nights-ish a week that we unwind and watch a show together and I didn’t want to feel like we were doing this in a primary colored playroom!
2) Choose colors that jive with your decor.
As I mentioned we have an open floor plan, so I didn’t want people to look in from the front door and think, “Oh wow they must homeschool!” I wanted the space to be one I enjoyed looking at combined with some whimsy for little ones to have imaginative play.
3) Start with what you have and build on that!
We used a bookshelf we already had and just rearranged some furniture. With all these windows I literally spent three days moving furniture trying to figure this out! I didn’t want to block any natural light. I love a bright room.
We used some old chairs we had and spray painted them with navy chalk paint. I picked a fun pattern to cover the chairs. I did something a little strange and covered the newly covered cushions with clear vinyl. My kids love to create and I knew they’d be covered in paint if I didn’t do this. I actually really like how they turned out.
I bought this Hanging Canopy and just hot glued some navy blue pom pom trim on it for fun! My kids love this part of the room! I love that it utilizes the dead space of a small corner.
4)Combine practicality, style, and a good place with plenty of “scope for imagination” as Anne from Anne of Green Gables would say!
I did this by buying a $25 desk (if an Ikea hadn’t opened up by us I probably would have gotten something like this) at Ikea and creating a functional work space, hanging a tent canopy for reading and having an adorable mat for the kids to play on by the window!
5) Have realistic expectations!
Truly the room is only as fun as I am. If I am grumpy that allllll the homeschool stuff is out and messy, the day won’t be fun. But if I embrace the crazy and just keep going knowing that we will get it back in order, we all have a much better time! That said, I did things to keep the crazy at bay like mounting this art display. My little artists get really attached to their work and I feel like the stacks of paper can start to take over!
How to Recreate this Space:
I had SO much fun working with a bunch of small business owners to create this spot! I am so excited for you to meet them!
Meet Melissa from Quilts n Cutes
Melissa was so much fun to work with! She sent in this Crayon Apron and Hanging organizer. My son literally squealed with happiness when he saw the crayon apron. Isn’t it adorable? I love this practical yet stylish chalk board hanging organizer. My kids are still young, so it’s really nice to have a couple of things out of their reach. My two year old already got a hold of one of the work books and added her “touch” to it. I am glad it’s now safely stowed away in this organizer. Plus I have room to grow and I love that I can write on the chalkboard labels what goes in each divider.
Meet Justina from Cot and Cot
As you can see from the pictures above my kid’s really love reading and playing on the cloud reading mat. I have it right by the windows so they can watch for birds and squirrels as they play. Some mornings we open the windows so we can enjoy a nice breeze why we play and read! Henry said, “I’ve never gotten to ride on a cloud before!”
Meet Gretchen from My Side of the Garage
Gretchen was such a joy to work with! I can see this piece from my kitchen and it just makes me happy to see the kid’s drawings and the pretty natural wood. Plus my son now has a place to proudly display his work instead of placing it on the refrigerator for it to fall off 10,000 times a day!
Meet Lark from the ART of TYPE
I love Lark’s printable signs and her quotes. I had the *hardest* time picking out which quotes I wanted to use because they all resonated with me SO much. I read the gentleman quote and Henry proudly exclaimed, “that’s me! I am all of those things!” Love it. We framed her pictures with inexpensive frames from Ikea.
Meet Charlie from Baby Wood Works
Charlie has wonderful hand made busy bags to keep your little tot entertained while you work with your older kids! Ella loves them. That said, Henry still had fun playing with this bag with her. They were delighted when they opened the bag and told me that it was our family.
Meet Carolyn from Posy Paper
You guys I am crazy for school supplies. I am a total nerd and my husband knows that school supplies always bless me more than flowers and this planner makes my nerdy heart so happy! Isn’t it cute? The curriculum we are using, Sonlight, actually plans out your weeks for you (yay!) but I’ve found I do a better job if write it all down and decide which optional activities we can do and where I can add on. Henry really likes to do a bit more than what’s planned out, so this helps me get a feel for the week and how I can supplement the lessons. I highly recommend this planner for planning out your week. Carolyn is super easy to work with and will help you personalize it!
Meet Audrey from Shop Prickly Pair
I loved working with Audrey to personalize our homeschool room and it kind of pulled in the blue color from the chairs on to the wall. Y’all saw me totally freak about this and the ABC chart on facebook. I guess these two were meant to go together. They came in the mail together and ended up right next to each other in our room. Read more about the ABC’s following this picture.
Meet Rachel from Ash and Pine Woodworks
I can’t get over the fact that Rachel hand paints these letters. They are so adorable. I also love that I can just pull down the sign when we are talking about a certain letter. I’ll be honest, the farmhouse style is what drew me to this! That’s predominantly the style we have throughout our house and I felt like this went a long with it. Most ABC’s sign are rather loud and I didn’t want that in our main living area.
Side note, you guys no one told be me before I was a mom how many hot button parenting topics there would be! From the great nursing and formula argument to schooling, there’s a myriad of topics people feel so passionate about. Here’s the deal: we are all so different with different personalities and different life experiences. I do not think homeschool is the only way. It’s just what’s right for us right now.
Lastly, you don’t have to have a dedicated room for homeschool. BUT we had the space and I know my personality (read totally disorganized) and I felt like this would serve us best! I am so thankful we were able to do it because it is now our favorite room in our house.