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The Pros and Cons of Having Your Own School Room

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

Occasionally I hear those who live in small homes wishing for a bit more space.

“If only we had a bigger house, we could have our very own school room!”

Some homeschoolers arrange their basements with desks, a flag, and materials organized alphabetically on shelves. Others sprawl their learning throughout their entire home–with books, papers, and drawings here, there, and everywhere.

In our family, I’ve never really wanted a separate room for school. One of my main goals for homeschooling is for our kids to discover that learning is just a natural part of life, happening whenever and wherever we go. Setting aside one specific space for academics didn’t really match up with that goal in my mind.

Which is right for you? There’s no correct or incorrect answer, but it’s worth considering a few factors, like the size of your space and your educational philosophy.

Here are a few pros and cons of having your own school room at home:

Pros

  • It may make organization easier, as there’s no confusion about where school materials belong.
  • Your child has the space to create and can leave creations up longer (like puzzles, art projects, etc.) without them being in the way.
  • If you or your child needs more structure, having a separate room for school may help.
  • Having all your materials together in one place may make it easier to see what you have/ what you need as you plan for future years.
  • A separate room may help keep distractions to a minimum.

Cons

  • A separate room may segregate home and learning.
  • It’s not as easy for the homeschooling parent to supervise school while doing something else (like preparing dinner or working on the house).
  • It may not seem as relaxed an environment.
  • Having a separate room may make it more challenging to involve the non-teaching spouse, compared to having learning materials throughout the home.

Want to know what others do?

Here are a few links I gathered from around the blogosphere of where other families do their learning:

What about you? Do you have your own school room? If not, do you wish you did?

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.

Comments

  1. So, we happen to have a bonus room over our garage, completely seperate from the house by about 5 steps from the back slider. It is very full of junk right now that has accumulated and my husband and I are considering clearing it out, painting, adding carpet. it has plenty of room for everything we’d need. Our house is on the smaller side. I wondered if anyone has had experience with HS in a separate area even from your house? We are all about going outside to learn, but we get pretty cold winters too. And using the kitchen for science and messy art Id planned to do. Sounds like the one thing I’d need is a couch for reading :) before we got started with such a large project I wondered if anyone could give me some input? Thanks!

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