This question just came up on one of my home school groups. Many people who home school want to create a miniature school room to help feel official or stay focused. Some people want to keep all the materials together. Not me. As I was writing my response, I thought it might make an interesting blog post:
It’s funny, now that I’ve been doing this for 5 months . . I don’t have a ‘school room’ and don’t want one. Maybe it’s partly our situation, but we do things in almost every room of the house.
The computers are all in the computer room, so anything done on-line, or computer writing, is done there. We have bookshelves in the dining room, and last summer dh and I cleared off a few shelves for the school materials. Every morning we clean off the dining room table, and I used to do a ‘circle time’ there, but it kinda fell by the wayside. My 13 yo likes to do a lot of his work on the dining room table, esp anything he write by hand, such as math, and sometimes science, because the big text-book is hard to hold. We do grammar together there, also. Things he can do on his hand-held, such as watching science videos or doing entries on his blog (writing!), he often does on the sofa, or pacing around the house. When he’s not feeling well or his brother is being loud, he often does his fiction reading in his room.
My 6 yo really likes me to read to him while he’s doing other things, so I read both literature and topical books, esp science/animal books, in his room while he plays with toys, or sitting on the bottom stairs landing while he plays w the Lego table in the living room, or in the breakfast room while he draws on the dry-erase board. He does HWOT at the dining room table, with my old nursing stool under his feet. Math and reading we do in his room, math on the floor and reading in bed.
I guess its obvious, tho, that we are very eclectic, and NOT classical at all! We work where its comfortable. My boys of course both had a LOT of trouble staying in their seats at school, so setting up a school-like environment was the last thing on my mind.
Oh, and don’t forget the history lectures on CD in the car!