Find out why I decided to remove everything from our schoolroom and chose to homeschool without a dedicated schoolroom.
While I was in the middle of nesting and making sure everything was ready for the baby, I started tackling our homeschool space. The majority of the time, we rarely used our schoolroom. So I started to think about why I homeschooled and how I wanted our homeschool to be like. That is when I moved all our homeschool stuff out of the basement and homeschool without a schoolroom.
Why I’m Choosing to Homeschool Without A Schoolroom
1. Creating an atmosphere
I do not homeschool to imitate school at home. Learning should not be confined to one room or even a set time. Like Charlotte Mason’s motto, “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.” I want our homeschool to be an atmosphere of faith, family, and home. An atmosphere where we can learn from our experiences and the exposure of what is true, good, and beautiful.
2. Easier with a baby
It made more sense to do our school work where I would feel more comfortable with a baby. With how unpredictable newborns can be, I need the ease of being able to school wherever. There are some days I can only get in reading aloud a book. Math lessons or reading instruction might have to be done on the couch while I’m nursing a baby.
3. Better for multitasking
As a mom of many kids, I also have a home to maintain. Tasks such as getting lunch started or switching laundry is a lot easier when I’m not in the basement. There are plenty of times where I have to juggle helping a toddler get a snack, fold laundry, and listen to an older kid tell me his history narration.
4. More workspace for multiple kids
The dining table gives so much more space when we are all sitting down. We can all fit at the table without too much bickering among the kids. Since they can all fit here comfortably, I can also better help/ oversee multiple kids at once too.
5. Encourage more reading
I want to cultivate a love of reading within our family. Having the books in a more prominent area helps encourage that spark of reading. Thus, the first thing we moved was the bookshelves. It was important to me to have the bookshelves in the living room, which is where my family spends most of our time. This helps us to be more intentional with how we use our space and focus on what’s important to our family.
Quick Pros and Cons of Not Having Homeschool Room
- Easier for mommy to multitask.
- Easier with a newborn to school somewhere comfortable.
- Comfier when reading aloud to the kids.
- Cheaper. You don’t have to worry about buying extra desks, tables, or storage.
- Leaves you with more space. You’re not taking up a whole room that can be used for something else.
- Not having one room to store all of your school stuff.
- School supplies and books can easily clutter the rest of the house
- Maps, charts, and whiteboards aren’t the most appealing decor.
- Possibly more distractions from toys or the tv.
Check out my other homeschool posts:
- Homeschool Room Tour 2019-2020
- Homeschool Bullet Journal 2020-2021 (a reverse planner)
- Homeschooling in Small Spaces
- Along the Alphabet Path series
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Do you have a dedicated schoolroom? Comment below with what your ideal learning environment is?