Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall of other homeschool families to see how they set up and use their spaces? Every space is unique and has its own organizing challenges. Get ready to check out some inspiring homeschool rooms that are realistic even if you have a small space, plus grab a supply list for your new year.
Inspiring Homeschool Rooms
This Charlotte Mason Homeschool Room Tour is a wonderful example of how to use your existing home layout to homeschool. In other words, you don’t have to carve out a homeschool room in a cold cramped basement – you can just use your HOME to school the kids where you naturally love to hang out. This is a realistic homeschool space tour that many of us can glean inspiration from for the coming year.
So many of us are homeschooling without a dedicated homeschool room. Homegrown Motherhood shares tips and encouragement for those of us who don’t have the space for a separate homeschool room. And her photos and ideas show that it is totally doable!
Ditch those Pinterest-perfect room expectations – it’s just not the world many of us live in! But take note that you really can have an organized and effective learning environment even if you have the challenge of setting up your homeschool in a small space.
Once you have your space organized, you’ll want to get those supplies in order. Here are some lists to help you shop.
Elementary Supply List
In reality, the homeschool supply list is really not complicated. Just like you can homeschool in a space that isn’t swoon-worthy, you can also get by with very simple supplies. Some homeschool moms will list a laminator right at the top of their “must-haves” but the truth is that it isn’t essential. (I’ve homeschooled five kids for the last 12 years and have never owned a laminator!)
In fact, your homeschool supply list might be simpler than what the classroom teachers ask that you send to school with your child.
In addition to your curriculum and books, which will be different for each family, the basic homeschool supplies for elementary students include:
- Pencil box
- Glue stick
- Handwriting paper
- Construction paper
- Sticky Post-it bookmarks
- Dry erase pocket
- Dry erase marker
- Art supplies
- Composition Notebooks
- Clear Page Protectors
- Globe or map
High School Supply List
I just asked my high schoolers to verify this secondary supply list, and we realized that it doesn’t take much to have an independent education. You might want these supplies for your high schoolers:
- Clear Page Protectors
- Assignment Book/Planner
- Notebook Paper
- Graphing Paper
- Grade Sheets
- Scientific Calculator
Resources for Prepping Your Homeschool Room
Want a handy printable homeschool supply list? Grab it by clicking the graphic below.
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Abby is a former public school teacher, now homeschooling her five children. She’s in the trenches just like you and knows it can be challenging to be home with your kids all day while you struggle to keep up with the housework and educate your kids (and maybe even work on the side!). She blogs over at www.4onemore.com and hosts the Homeschool with Moxie podcast.