Can You Provide Some Tips For Organizing The Home Schoolroom?

Can you provide some tips for organizing the home schoolroom? Home schooling works best if you designate a center for each subject. Small throw rugs help kids keep their projects in one area. Books should be kept where the kids can flip the books and look at the front cover. Craft materials are best kept in a rollin.

Home schooling has become increasingly popular in recent years. More and more families are shouldering the responsibility for their children's education by teaching them within the safety of their own homes. There are as many different reasons people home school as there are styles of home schooling. From traditional home schooling to the more eclectic method of "un-schooling" all home school families share a common need. They all require some sort of space to organize and have access to the many books, papers, supplies, and resources necessary for home schooling.

Some home school families conduct school days in a similar manner to days spent in traditional school environments. They create a classroom setting with desks, chairs, a chalkboard, and a teacher standing at the head of the class. Other home schoolers allow a more relaxed atmosphere. Students may sprawl on the couch or living room floor while reading books or working on projects. Some enjoy taking their work outdoors. Others sit at the kitchen table while the home school mother or father helps and encourages from nearby. At the end of the day, however, all these books and tools need to find a home. That's where an organized home schoolroom comes into play.

Lorie Marrero is a professional organizer of homes and offices. She has been in the business since 2000. She recommends creating centers, like so many of the public school classrooms use.

"There is a science center, a math center, a reading center, and so on," she explains. And even if eclectic home schoolers don't actually teach in these centers, they provide a proper place for organizing everything at the end of a project or school day.

Marrero suggests using see-through plastic bins for housing many items used in home schooling. "You'll need a lot of low shelving units and bins to store the various materials for each zone you've created," she explains. She is especially fond of using plastic dishpan-type bins. Another favorite is rolling plastic carts with drawers.

Home schooling requires a great deal of commitment on behalf of both the teachers and the students. When the books, supplies, and resource materials are stored neatly and efficient organizing has taken place within the home schoolroom, both teachers and students get more out of their day. Home schooling allows the freedom of teaching and learning without the distractions and time wasters typically found in schools and classrooms. Stopping at lockers to pick up the correct books, walking uniformly throughout hallways in one particular direction, and requiring a pass to use the bathroom are all methods of organizing people in a school building. Without these interruptions in a home schooling day, it is possible to achieve much more of the primary goal - learning. Time will help students and parents determine what needs to be in their home schoolroom and how to best organize these tools. An effective home schoolroom will result in happy and well-educated students, more relaxed parent/teachers, and an all around brighter future.

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