A dedicated room for my homeschooling is one of my favorite dreams, but it simply is not possible at this time. We’re a larger family in a smaller home. My children enjoy homeschooling throughout the house which causes one or two minor problems.
The kitchen table is an obvious spot for homeschooling. One or two of the children vie to snag the best end of the table for the day. That puts them near the stove and sink for tea.
Too many children at the kitchen table causes arguments though. “His elbow is touching my book!”
“She has more space than I do!” ” No I don’t – you’re taking up most of the table…”
Dining Room Table
The dining room table is also used for homeschooling throughout the house. Again there’s a competition to obtain the best spot, the one close enough to the history books so you can have first pick of the week’s reading assignments, but not so close you’re squished into the corner.
In practice I’ve found two children at each table to be ideal. There’s enough room for the children to spread out their school supplies without starting fights. Which is great and hunky dory…
But this year my 5th child is joining the fray.
So we set up a desk in the upstairs hall and my 6th grader immediately staked his claim. He now has a spot the teens don’t and my problem is solved. We have a place for each child to do their schoolwork.
The children will often wander into the living room to read Spielvogel’s Western Civilization on the sofa or big chairs. There’s nothing like staring into the living room at the pair of feet bobbing in the air as my son reads upside down, hanging off the sofa. I suppose he needs the extra blood in the brain to study.
Of course there are the days the teens sneak their schoolbooks into their bedroom to work. I know, you’re asking what is the problem? It relieves the number of children vying for prime spots at the tables.
The problem is books that end up wandering into a child’s bedroom never reappear. You can search under the beds, on the shelves, and in the covers. The books are gone. For some reason bedrooms are black holes for schoolbooks just as dryers eat socks.
And when the black holes don’t absorb the books, my daughter forgets she left all the history and literature books in her room. Heaven help the boys if they invade the girls’ room! Of course that makes a handy excuse when I ask why they didn’t complete the week’s history and literature assignments.
Children homeschooling throughout the house is an adventure.
One day I hope to have the peace and quiet of a separate homeschool room. Surely it will solve all problems and bring about world peace.
Do your children enjoy homeschooling throughout the house?