Need a boost for your home-school?
Maybe it’s time to revamp your homeschool.
When I was a kid my mom and I would re-arrange my room every spring. It was so simple, and refreshing and we both appreciated it. It’s the end of summer and I am getting ready for a refresh!
We revamped our space when I decided to officially homeschool preschool and to make our lives easier and to encourage independence and we are SUPER happy with the results!
This is not a post about our beautiful homeschool room is because we don’t have one! We have a small house, I am super frugal & I was getting frustrated by the clutter and unmanageable mess. I revamped the areas we use most & the total cost of our revamp was $20. It was a simple reorganization and we’re super excited about our new spaces and ready to begin our new year of learning together!
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Here’s what we revamped and why…
- A dedicated work space
- A place for completed projects
My son literally spends zero time in his room.
He needed assistance getting dressed, getting toys and books and as much as I love spending time with him it’s time for him to start doing these things independently.
We rearranged my son’s bedroom to give him more room to play AND more importantly make things easier for him to reach, organize and clean up after himself.
We are using the shelving for toys he can reach and put away on his how and we made one minor change to the closet that made a HUGE difference, we added a closet rod. This is embarrassingly simple and I didn’t know how badly we needed it until it was up.
It was a $20 (total) revamp and this was the only room where I spent money.
I spent $10.99 on a rack extension and $9.99 on some new hanger sets so we could hang up most of his clothes (folding and putting away clothes was super challenging for him but he LOVES using hangers). The clothes on the top rack are out of season or clothes he doesn’t care to wear as often.
He can now reach most of his clothes (off season clothes are up on the higher closet rod) and get himself dressed and ready ALL BY HIMSELF! It’s SO nice.
Again, we do not have a separate homeschool room and our house is small. Things were beginning to clutter up and drive me bananas!
We have limited space in the living room and are making the best use of the “extra” room we do have. We re-purposed a book shelf to add some more storage space for open-ended play opportunities.
He favors arts and crafts or drawing and we used to keep those materials put away and I would have to go out in the garage and get all of the materials and set up and then clean up when he was finished.
Instead of all of that back and forth I set up an arts and crafts bin. He can reach everything all by himself and play whatever he’d like. It’s organized and easy to see (and clean up).
We have been using outdoor space since he was a baby.
I favor it for messy play and getting the wiggles out. Then we started using our deck as a work/ play space when we have nice weather. We have been slowly adding plants and I found a super frugal tip on how to do that.
I am a little embarrassed to admit how cheap I was on this one but it has been really successful.
The avocado seedling was from an organic avocado I bought with our groceries.
It had already sprouted and I couldn’t help wondering if it would grow.
I put it in a small glass bowl with water in the windowsill and soon after had to transplant it into some soil. This was the beginning of our “grocery garden”.
We have since sprouted an apple tree (above), mandarin oranges, and a persimmon tree.
The other game changing thing I organized was our curriculum.
When I was teaching full time I had my curriculum planned a year in advance and I planned out my lessons a quarter in advance (and made adjustments as needed).
For some reason I wasn’t doing this with my son. I was planning 1-2 days every month and it was overwhelming and frustrating and just felt like it was not the best use of my time.
At home I wasn’t doing this and it really helped me to create a homeschooling binder. It’s super simple and only has my the planner I created, projects I want to try and my curriculum outline for the year. As with anything involving children I know that changes will need to be made so I make adjustments as needed along the way.
Just Do It!
Whatever it is that isn’t working for you in hour homeschool right now, change it!
If there’s something you’ve been wanting to try go for it!
I highly recommend revamping your homeschool once or twice a year. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted and all I basically did was batch my organizing and planning time and declutter, rearranging and create a planner to simplify my planning.