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I had no idea what I was doing when we embarked on our homeschool journey. From setting up our first homeschool classroom to teaching, I was winging it on my own. And believe it or not, the teaching part came easily. Setting up the homeschool classroom, not so much.
What I did learn in that first year is the difference between the must haves for a homeschool classroom and the fluff you don't really need. Things you will probably never use and just end up tossing in the trash at the end of the school year.
There are a few essentials for every homeschool classroom you will need, though, and today we're sharing our 10 homeschool classroom decorating ideas and must haves to help you create an inspirational space for your entire family will love. These useful home decor pieces will add functionality to your classroom creating a relaxing space to help your children happily focus on learning.
10 Homeschool Classroom Decorating Ideas and Must Haves
Sturdy Desks – The number one item every homeschool classroom needs is sturdy desks for each student. And by sturdy, I mean: children can lean on it, erase on it, do pretty much anything shy of sitting on it (which my kids have been known to do) without it wiggling all over the place.
Storage and Organization Space – You're going to need lots of storage space to keep your books and supplies neat and tidy. Our favorite in your homeschool classroom decorating ideas for creating extra storage space is stackable cubbies. You can fill these cubbies with just about anything, and change them up throughout the school year to fit your needs. Best of all, stackable cubbies are great for holding magazine files, bins, baskets, buckets, and more.
Chalk Boards/ Dry Erase Boards – Perfect for weekly lessons (think spelling words, vocabulary words, history, and science terms), these boards are ideal for creating a list to hang for children to glance at and study throughout the lesson. Look for boards that are framed and that hang so students can grab them to use at their desk when needed.
Quiet Reading Space – Reading is fundamental for your children to succeed in life, which is why a quiet reading space with ample books is a must have in every homeschool classroom. Children need a quite place to sit, relax, and let their imaginations run wild without constant interruptions from outside sources like televisions, radios, conversations, and even family members. When you are planning your homeschool classroom decorating ideas, don't forget to add a comfortable armchair, and an accent pillow and throw blanket to your space to encourage children to sit and read often.
Good Lighting – Lighting is important when reading and studying to help keep children from straining their eyes. Instead of using overhead lighting, we added a desk lamp to our reading space. Not only are desk lamp energy-efficient and longer-lasting, they offer flexibility in terms of size, shape, and adjustability with a moveable arm or base.
Plenty of Books – You can never have too many books in your classroom to help students foster a lover for reading. Find a location that is dedicated for storing books so children can easily choose a new book to read anytime they want to.
Clock(s) – Yes, that is a plural ‘s' behind that word. While you can probably get away with just one clock in your classroom, we found having two clocks (one on each side of the room) will help keep children from constantly turning around in their chairs to see what time it is. A small table top clock is ideal for helping children keep track of their nightly reading times.
Art Display Board – This is one of my favorite must haves for a classroom. Just like in traditional schools, having a place to display your student's art project will encourage them to be creative and strive to do their best. Plus, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and everyone will love to come over and see what your children have created. It's like a year-round open house in the classroom.
Globe – I thought I could get away without purchasing a globe for our classroom, but then 4th-grade history and geography hit last year. Seriously, this has been a lifesaver for our studies. Trust me, you need one too.
Laptop/iPad – While our curriculum is traditional paper and book-based like you find in schools, a laptop and iPad are necessary for the classroom for any questions you and/or your children have when the answers are not in your curriculum. Be sure to have a charging station in your classroom as well so your device is always ready to use. Many home decor items come with a built-in charging station, just like this desk lamp in our reading space.
These 10 homeschool classroom decorating ideas are sure to help you successfully kick off your homeschool year so you can focus on what's most important, teaching your students.