The kitchen table homeschool is my style of homeschooling. We have a small house and plenty of children so homeschooling ends up occuring throughout the home.
This means that science, reading, discussions, and storage of school supplies have to be juggled between the kitchen, dining room, living room, bedrooms, and hallway.
Kitchen Table Homeschool
At the beginning of our homeschool life, we truly did the kitchen table homeschool. I sat my then 4 children at the kitchen table, handed out the various pages, and walked around and around the table explaining concepts to children, checking problems, and keeping trouble to a minimum.
Teacher manuals were kept in the china buffet next to the kitchen. It was intense, but it worked very well while the children were small.
Children and the Homeschool Grow and Evolve
As children grow and evolve, so does the kitchen table homeschool. The children now have crates that hold their homeschool supplies.
I have a red folder at the beginning of my homeschool files for children to turn in their papers. Homeschooling also happens everywhere in the house.
Science experiments are done in the kitchen, and the lab supplies are kept on a high shelf out of the preschoolers’ reach. One or two children prefer to work in the kitchen, and they don’t mind packing up for lunch and then unpacking to continue working after school.
Dining Room Table
A couple other children prefer the dining room table. I placed the communal books on the buffet along with a few reference books such as the dictionary and thesaurus.
My initial intention was all 4 older children could work there, but each of them enjoys spreading out their books. It turns out there’s only room for 2.
I often find children curled up on the sofa with a literature or history book in hand. Other times the children wander to their bedrooms to curl up with a history or literature book. It’s rare to see a textbook off one of the tables though.
That’s the highlight of the kitchen table homeschool in my opinion. Watching the children wander off to a cozy corner to curl up with an intriguing history or literature book. It creates a lifestyle for us rather than just something we do between 9 and 3.