How to Create a Homeschooling Area
Once you decide to homeschool your children you will need to create a place in your home in which to do the homeschooling. This does not mean that you have to use your spare bedroom or clean out your garage. In fact, the kitchen or dining room table will work just fine. However, you are going to need a space in which to store all of your materials. This should be something that is convenient, easy and portable so that you can easily set up and tear down your "homeschool room" each day.
Since you probably do not want your company to be sitting in your "classroom," the first thing that you are going to need is a portable whiteboard. This can be used in order to draw illustrations and demonstrate difficult lessons. You will not want to use a blackboard as it will create too much dust, plus whiteboards are easier to use. They can be purchased at any office supply store.
Some other things that you will also want to gather together include:
1. You will need a trashcan that is small enough to be portable but not too small to be useful.
2. Ideally you and your children should have your own separate worktables. If this is not possible then the kitchen or dining room table will work.
3. You will need a filing cabinet or a bookcase for keeping your records, lesson plans, test papers, curriculum, report cards and health records.
4. In this day and age your homeschool should have a computer with Internet access via DSL or cable so that you can do research online.
5. You will need to hang a calendar on a wall or on the refrigerator, somewhere convenient, so that you can keep track of events, activities and field trips.
6. There are of course the normal "school" things that you should have. These include pencils, pens, crayons, erasers, highlighters and colored pencils. These things should be kept in small bins or pencil boxes so that they are easily accessible. You should also get a good handheld pencil sharpener for in your pencil box. You are going to want one that has two different size holes.
7. Older children are going to need composition notebooks, spiral notebooks, 3 ring binders, pocket folders, index cards and loose leaf paper. You should also purchase them their own 12-inch ruler to use.
One thing that you will also want to do is give your homeschool a name. You should then make a laminated ID card, with photo, for you and each of your children. This will be useful whenever your children need a student ID and it will also help you get store discounts and freebies.
Once you have all of these things together, purchase each of your children a milk crate to keep all of their supplies in. This way each of your children has their own space in which to store their schoolwork.
Of course, these are only items that it is recommended for you to have. Abraham Lincoln, one of the original homeschoolers, did without a lot of these items and yet he was still successful. If you need to make do with what you have you should know that you can be successful too.