Our Minimalist Homeschool Room

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Minimalist homeschool room

Welcome to our homeschool room! Although books and activities are spread throughout the house on a typical day, this room is the heart of our homeschool.

I spend quite a bit of time in the “teacher’s chair,” a comfortable rolling chair that saves me many steps each day. Everything I need is stored within easy reach. (I learned during my first year of homeschooling that jumping up and down for books and materials all day is simply exhausting.)

The children take turns sitting around the school table for help with lessons, then often leave to study in their favorite spots around the house. I love that having everyone gathered around one table allows me to see each child’s work at a glance without disrupting study time.

Homeschool room book cabinet

Within easy reach from my spot at the table, the storage cabinet contains all the textbooks, teacher’s manuals, DVDs, and other materials that we use on a daily basis.

Each child’s books and binders are stored in a separate Sterlite tote turned on its side. (I discovered that these totes work much better than the magazine holders I had used previously; they hold about twice as many books and the solid sides allow books to slide in easily.)

The file cabinet beside the school table contains all my paperwork such as log sheets, assignment sheets, and other resources for homeschooling. The bottom drawer holds any PACEs being used during the current school year, filed by child and subject.

Minimalist homeschool room

Across the room from the school table is our computer desk. Ironically, the laptop computer is rarely ever used at the desk; instead, the children take it to a comfortable seat in the living room to watch their Math-U-See lessons or use other learning DVDs.

The playpen is situated in the school room in hopes that a certain little lady will enjoy spending some time there each morning, playing with special “school time” toys. I have to say that I’m not getting my hopes too high for successful playpen time, though. 🙂

Homeschool room bookshelves

Bookshelves in the corner hold the current year’s literature books and readers, as well as resource books such as dictionaries and an atlas. A large laminated world map hangs above the shelves.

To the left of the school table, the white storage cabinet contains our math manipulatives and art supplies. The clear plastic bin on the top of the cabinet stores some basic chemistry lab supplies.

Minimalist homeschool room

As you may have noticed, we don’t have a huge stash of art supplies, manipulatives, or homeschool extras. This conservative approach has enabled us to fit our larger-than-average family into our average-size minimalist homeschool room.

What about you? Where does your family spend time learning?

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  1. This is really nice! I love it! I’m in the minority about having a large homeschool room in the middle of the house. I sort of like to put everything away and not have my home look like a school. 😉

  2. I love it!!! I very much agree – even with ONE child, I feel like it’s easy to get overwhelmed by 8,000 craft items and “extras” once you start down that path. I’m the funny mom who believes, yes, you CAN have “too much” construction paper. 🙂

    Love your space!

  3. Jamie ~ Elmore says:

    Love that big table. Where did you find one like that? Great for sitting down and teaching the little ones.

    1. We love our “school table,” too! I got it several years ago from Office Depot (online), but I believe they were discontinuing them at the time. Try searching “kidney school table” or something similar. Hope that helps!

  4. Love it. I like the idea of the Sterlite bins because the magazine racks are horrible.

    1. Agree! The magazine holders are way to small, and the book covers always get stuck in those cut-outs in the side of the holder.
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. I really enjoyed looking at these pictures of your classroom! Looks very appealing, I think. And yes, magazine racks aren’t so good as I’m finding out. I like that idea of totes turned sideways–if I just had a place to do that! LOL! It was so nice to finally meet you at camp! I really enjoyed the visit alot!

  6. Hi! May I suggest that your style may be very well suited for highly distractable children? We learned much later that one of ours with severe ADHD would purposely get in trouble at school so that he’d be sent off into a corner to a carrel style desk (think language labs). He said it was the only place he could think and do his work.

    1. Judy Hoch says:

      Chris, I had never considered this before. I really appreciate your mentioning it here, because it may be very helpful to others as well.

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