Hip Homeschool Moms Writers’ Classrooms
Hip Homeschool Moms Writers’ Classrooms
This week, we’re going to be talking about and showing photos of the rooms we use to do school! Today we are featuring the classrooms of some of the moms who’ve written articles for Hip Homeschool Moms over the years.
Some Don’t Have Dedicated Classrooms
Jamie of The Unlikely Homeschool
Jamie, who blogs at The Unlikely Homeschool, shares with us her homeschool spaces and places. She has an area where she keeps books and materials that are currently in use, and she stores everything else in her basement. Instead of working in one room, she and her children prefer to homeschool wherever in the house they happen to be!
You can find the details in her article, Our Homeschool Places and Spaces.
Me (Wendy) of Hip Homeschool Moms
My kiddos and I like to do our school work pretty much wherever!
My son prefers to do his work in my room on my bed. (Ask me why I can’t ever keep my bed nicely made up!) He does this mainly because he likes to be in a quiet room without distractions, and since he sometimes uses a computer, I like for him to be in a room I’m passing through frequently. (We do have a filter on the computer, but it’s still a good idea to be as safe as possible where computers are concerned.)
My younger daughter likes to do her work on the couch in the living room or outside when the weather is nice. (She pretty much wants to do her work wherever I am!) I love it when we take our work outside, but it gets so hot here in the summer in the South that we usually only take our work outside during spring and fall.
Update from 2021: Both of these kiddos are grown and have graduated from our homeschool now, but we still have fond memories of “doing school” whether inside the house or outside.
Some Use Dedicated Classrooms and Other Spaces and Places
Trish of Hip Homeschool Moms
Trish wrote an article about the differences between how her Montessori classroom looked when her boys were very young as compared to when they were middle schoolers.
You can find out about the details in her article, Our Middle School Classroom.
Update from 2021: Trish’s boys are all grown up now (two in college and one homeschooling high school), but you’ll be interested in seeing her Montessori classroom and how her homeschool changed over the years (including changes in her homeschool rooms).
Some Use Common Areas of the House
Heidi of Starts at Eight
Heidi has some really great shelves, tables, and computer work-stations where her kiddos like to do their school work. She is blessed to live in a house with a big kitchen entry and kitchen table/kitchen area so she and her children can all be together, yet they all have plenty of space to work. This also allows Heidi to be with her homeschoolers while she does kitchen duty! (Because most homeschooling moms spend a huge amount of time in the kitchen!!)
You can read her complete post, Our Homeschool Room.
Some Have a Dedicated Classroom
Stephanie (formerly with Harrington Harmonies)
Stephanie has had to become good at schooling in small spaces! She moves around often due to her husband’s job, so she has had to learn to homeschool in whatever space is available. One thing she points out is that she must do away with clutter! If she only has limited space for school, it must be organized and clutter-free.
What about you? Do you have a schoolroom, or do you have another place that you like to do school? Or are you a family who does school wherever you happen to be or wherever sounds good each day? Do you dream of having a beautiful schoolroom? Or is the kitchen table good enough for you? We’d love to hear from you!
Thanks for the article! FYI, the link under the picture for Liz is incorrect. It takes you to Heidi’s blog instead. Thought you would want to know!
Oops! Thank you so much for letting me know about the mistake! I usually check to be sure I didn’t make mistakes like that, but obviously I didn’t this time. 🙂
Gosh those rooms look nice. My kids each have a corner in our basement with a bookshelf separating them and their workboxes on the side of their small desk, both hidden behind our sectoinal couch. Don’t know if I could actually get a good picture of it.
This was a great post – its fun to see the diversity in all the homeschool spaces. I have a designated room that is in our large finished basement right next to an open play area/toy room. This works for us since the 4 year old can take breaks to play with blocks, cars, toys etc while I do some one-on-one time with the 6 year old yet keep them both in sight. Also with a newborn on the way (due in 6 weeks!) I have room for the baby swing, bouncer and baby toys in the play room too. We do come upstairs to do our art/science/crafts activities in the kitchen (generally while I am getting lunch and/or prepping for dinner) and we also enjoy doing some math & writing workbook exercises outside on nicer days. I do love having a designated room where I can keep all the supplies, white board and instruction portion materials of the day along with a tote that I can fill to carry around the house.
I am so blessed to have a big room to school in. I have had their toy area in there also, but I have come to the conclusion that, the two do not mix well. There are always toys out, when we need to school and we end up at the dining room table. My father in law is going to move in with us this winter, so we are going to be doing some rearranging, and the toys and school stuff is getting separated.
After spending nearly 5 years doing school on the kitchen table we finally moved into a house with a dedicated school room!! We love it
Anna-Marie, be sure to be watching for our post this week where you linkup your classroom!! We are looking forward to seeing it! ~Trish
We have a classroom – though once it gets colder out, we tend to do the majority of our work cuddled under blankets on the couch.
I’ve always had a dedicated school room, however, only the houses where we used a main room downstairs worked properly. If it was upstairs hidden away, we ended up using the kitchen table a lot.
It was always nice to have a place to put everything back at the end of the day though. Once we lived on 5 acres and our homeschool room was often inside the branches of a huge weeping willow tree in the front yard. I miss the tree and the animals we had there. But not the rain! Now we live in Houston and we love having a pool and more sun. I wonder what my next nest will be like!
What a great post!! Lovely to see everyone’s school room. We’re actually “stationary” rv full-timers, due to my work contract, so our schooling area is quite small. We’re learning and adjusting to getting everything organized, but it’s perfect for our family. Looking forward to seeing how/where other families home school.
Great roundup! Storage and organization are strong points in all of these spaces.
What a great post with such unique diversity. Just goes to show you, there’s no ONE WAY to homeschool.