Developing a Home Classroom
No matter how much space you can devote to homeschooling, try to make that area as dedicated to your school as you can. Make it a real schoolroom because it will help your kids understand that you are providing them with a real education and aren't just messing around.
There are several steps you should consider when establishing and equipping your schoolroom:
- Choose a location
- Create a layout
- Create workstations
- Build a homeschool library
- Add a computer and the Internet
- Add audiovisual equipment
- Create storage and archival areas
The location of your schoolroom is important because its location has an impact on how effective you can be there. As you consider where to conduct school, ponder the following suggestions.
If you can, dedicate a room in your home to your homeschool. Almost any room will do; ideal candidates are a moderately sized bedroom, a den, a basement, or other place that is separate from the home's main living areas. There several reasons why this is the ideal situation. First, homeschooling takes a lot of room. You will have lots of materials to deal with, such as books, papers, projects, and so on. You will spend less time moving your materials around if you have enough room to store them properly; this leaves more time and energy for teaching and learning. Second, you won't have to set up and tear down at the start and end of each school day. This will also help you have more time for school itself. Third, having an area that is distinct from the living areas in your home will help your children take it more seriously and understand that when they are in the school room, it is time to work on school. Fourth, being able to isolate the schoolroom from the other living spaces in your home will make it easier to prevent distractions.
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Reproduced from Absolute Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling, by Brad Miser, by permission of Pearson Education. Copyright © 2005 by Que Publishing. Please visit http://www.informit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0789732777 to order your own copy.