If at all possible, the homeschool education classroom setting should be a specific room, or at least an area of the home. And even better, this room or area should only be used for your homeschool education organization. It’s important that your students associate this room with that of focus and learning. If a separate area for home study schooling is not possible then make sure the area you do use is free from clutter and other non topical material that could be distraction when the home school is in session.
Allowing for, and keeping your homeschool classroom organized is also a key ingredient for success. Not only should you provide for your organizational needs but let’s not forget about the child’s homeschool supplies and materials too! Be creative with the space you have. You don’t need a big budget to get your classroom organized and setup. Use various sizes of boxes for cubby holes. Even bigger boxes could serve as partitions for the room! These boxes can even be painted (instead of your walls!) and have educational accomplishments even stuck on them…. You get the picture! And, if needed, at the end of each day they can be folded up and put away!
Visual materials for the home education are a must. If you don’t have a big chalkboard, invest in an easel and a big flip chart type notepad. Always sitting next to the child or children isn’t always the best way to illustrate instruction. For one, you hand will generally always be in the way so the student can’t see your visualizations as you speak. When this happens your verbal instruction doesn’t match what the child is able to see. Kind of like watching one of those foreign films where the English is dubbed in! The conversation has already happened before you see their lips move!
Of course, there are many aspects and pieces to a successful homeschool education. The home school classroom is but one of them. With a little planning and some attention to detail, as a homeschooler, you will create an environment that is conducive to the child’s learning.