Homeschool Room Ideas to make your children love to learn
We had both never had the intention to teach our children from our homes, but things change and change fast! CoVID-19 has impacted us all and for us the biggest thing was having our children back at home full time! Two and a half months from the end of the school year we knew we couldn't just let our children have a 5 month long holiday! Let us show you had we whipped up homeschool room's in less than 24 hours!
HomeSchool room spaces
The thing we learned quickly is that we needed a designated space to be our homeschool room! Originally Britt thought about separating her kiddos into their own designated spaces, but after reaching out to a friend she knew that was the opposite of what she needed to do! Having a space that the kids know is meant for learning in is so crucial!
Now, we were both lucky to have just done updates to our home office/ studio spaces so we had the perfect places to create homeschool classrooms from. No matter what your home is like you NEED to find a space that can be set up for "school only."
Check out how we quickly transformed these spaces into school rooms for our kiddos! Make sure you let them HELP! Britt brought in a few supplies and together they created their new school!
Deb had a few fun antiques that did the trick to make this space feel more like a school setting, like this vintage chalkboard. Having a daughter in the house means there are already a lot of crafting supplies so that made things easy for her.
Ideal elements of a homeschool classroom
- A space in your home solely designated for school (so not the space they always play in)
- Desk and Chair - something more formal than the couch or their bed
- A window - natural light is so important
- White board or Chalk Board
- Jars or a Caddy to keep supplied organized
- Folder, Binder, or Bin to keep your children's work separated!
- Music player - we feel having music going is so beneficial!
Make it feel like school
Make your homeschool classroom feel like it is a place to come to learn and grow! This is especially important for younger children! Our children range from Grade 1 - Grade 4 at this time so we are setting up spaces to cater to this younger age group. It's amazing how quickly our kids attitudes towards us and to their siblings change as soon as they walk into the classroom space!
In Britt's home the homeschool space used to be her office so it is easy to tell the kids that after school is over they are not allowed back in (just like when they go to public school).
Deb likes to cleans everything back up to be ready to start a new day in the morning. Each child already had a designated space for school prior to this, so her kids use those space to store their workbooks and pencil cases. It's very much like having a locker just outside of the classroom.
Remove any extras from the space! If you can store away things that don't relate to school! Because we know this home school gig is temporary while we do our part to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus we have put a few things into storage! These rooms that we have set up are our work spaces for Vintage Society. So there was lots of products set out for photoshoots and displayed in these rooms. Pack away the unnecessary so your kids feel like it is primarily their space!
Homeschool Room Essentials
Name Your School! We had so much fun letting our kids name their new school! Britt even bought a canvas and let the kids draw a logo with the school name to hang up!
Jars and Containers! Set up a few jars with some of the classroom staples like crayons and pencils that are easily accessible!
White board or Chalk Board. It's nice to have a space that you can quickly demonstrate things to your kids. Also it's also a great space for them to draw a picture.
Bins for their supplies. Britt used paper leather bags that she already had and hung them on the wall. Each kid has their own bag with their own school work.
Reward Bucket! Kids love to be rewarded! Britt has a vintage bucket with stickers, balloons, bouncy balls, treats that the kids can pick from when they earn it! She uses a stamp and stamps their hands when they complete tasks or demonstrate kind behaviour. They have to get 5 stamps in 1 day to get to pick from the bucket! Another bonus is that they have to wash their hands go enough by the next day to start again ... so they are also learning good hand washing techniques!
Deb has some of the kids favourite treats and games that they get to choose from when they demonstrate good behaviour and attitude! They can also earn additional outdoor or electronic time too.
Space FOR YOU!!
If you have started homeschooling out of necessity like us you are also probably juggling your own job as well! Leave room for yourself in the homeschool room! Britt gave herself a different chair than the kids at the table. Just like the kids give yourself a bin or container that you can easily access!
Deb makes sure she also takes a moment to herself when the kids go for outdoor time or lunch break. It's just as important for you to get a break as it is the kids. Grab a latte and check out for a few minutes.
If you know us than you know we weren't about to string up confetti and plaster school work around the room. We have used our antique containers and jars as storage so that we still love the ascetics of the room as well. Britt was about to take down the linens and soap hanging from her vintage coat rack. However, she loves still being able to look at them and Deb add fresh tulips to the room because really we "MOMS" need to love the space to!
We have each come up with our own schedules so we will share them with us. These are to help you come up with ideas when creating your own homeschool. There are tones of ideas out there and we have taken bits and pieces from lots of places!
Britt's homeSchool Schedule
- 8:30 - school start (Britt wanted to start at 9, but her kids were adimant they start at 8:30)
- 8:35 - We sing the national anthem
- 8:40 - 9:00 - Writing skills and Word Searches
- 9:00 - 9:45 - Gym
- 9:45 - 10:00 - Snack
- 10:00 - 10:30 - Outside Time
- 10:30 - 11:30 - Math (Britt's kids love Math!)
- 11:30 - 12:00 - Outside Time
- 12:00 - 12:45 - Lunch that kids help make
- 12:45 - 1:00 - BBT (Bean Bag Time). Each of Britt's kids have a bean bag and they can take it to any space in the house and they have to have quiet time with a book. You could easily do this with a blanket or pillow.
- 1:30 - 2:00 - Miscellaneous! Work Book - doing some work from their writing or math book or more Word Searches.
- 2:00 - 2:15 - Free Time
- 2:15 - 3:15 - Reality Check! Learning an everyday skill!
This is a general guide for how Britt's day goes. However things can easily adapt because there is no where to be during this time of social distancing.
Deb's homeSchool Schedule
- 7:45 - Wake up, eat breakfast and make beds
- 8:15 -8:45 Chore time. Walk the dog, feed the bunnies and the lizards.
- 9:00 - Start the day - Discuss the weather, what day of the week it is and if there is any important holiday's that day.
- 9:15 - 10:00 - Math and Language Arts Time
- 10:00 - 10:15 Snack
- 10:15 - 10:45 - Gym
- 10:45 - 11:30 - Creative Time
- 11:30 - 12:00 - Family Lunchtime
- 12:30 - 1:15 - Outdoor Time - We take our pup to the dog park for a fun outdoor break for all of us.
- 1:15 - 200 - Quiet Time, reading a book or building something out of Lego
- 2:00 - 2:45 Academics Learning site! Here we are allowed to use a French learning website or Number Jumbo.
- 2:45 - 3:30 - Free Time
- 3:30 - 4:00 Help with cooking dinner - They get to pick whatever we have the ingredients for.
Deb tries to follow this closely but sometimes things get bumped around. Her husband does come into do French learning with the kids through out the day, which will sometimes change this up a bit.
What it's really all about
We are writing this post is an unprecedented time! Pandemic, boarder closures, mass panic ... Use this time to slow down, reconnect with your tribe!
If you are new to homeschooling there will be hard days, REALLY HARD DAYS! Give yourself some grace! Sending you tones of positive vibes!