If you’ve been following my stories on Instagram (if you’re not, boy have you been missing out! Click here to go to my Instagram and give it a follow!), you’ve noticed that this past weekend we finally did a massive overhaul of the bonus room of our home, and converted it into a homeschool “classroom” for our preschooler (and subsequent students). Now, of course this was a complete passion project, it had no dire need in our home other than the fact that the room was being used as a storage room for Amazon boxes, and our art projects, books, and toys were consuming 70% of our home. This is what the room looked like when we first moved into our home.
Like most homes on the market that were built prior to 1980, our 1969 home had been renovated a few times since original construction. One thing the previous owners undertook as a project was to convert a 2 car garage into a carpet over concrete “bonus room” with no closet, a laundry room and 3/4 bath off to the side, and an insanely convenient (sarcasm) sliding glass door next to a back door. (insert facepalm emoji here). When we first viewed this house, we tossed around the idea of turning this eventually into a school room. Homeschooling has always been on our radar, not just because I was personally homeschooled from 1st-12th grade, but because homeschooling allows our main priorities with education to actually live in the foreground of our children’s education. Now that we are approaching pre-k with our oldest, and we are already following a daily rhythm and themed weeks of poetry, artwork, and reading, it just made sense to take the leap and create a devoted space that can grow with us.
I can hear what you’re saying right now, “Miranda, I’m here to see inspiration, not your butterscotch and nailsalon tile room.” I’m well aware and we will get to some gorgeous examples of functional, beautiful homeschool rooms I’ve been personally using for inspiration as we build this room. But, I wanted to first touch on the fact that you don’t need a 3,000 square foot custom house in order to create a beautiful, functional space for your family. And for us, this is our canvas. I can’t wait to take you along on this room’s progression. But, for now, let’s get to the inspiration!
Pepper & Pine
Hana, over at Pepper and Pine hosts beautiful, detailed room tours for her Waldorf influenced learning space. She is currently homeschooling 3 children ages 1st grade through high school. She is a gold mine of information, gives in depth curriculum reviews, breaks down resources for unit studies, and her website is rich with depth on a multitude of topics. You can find Hana here. If you head over to her blog, be sure to let her know that I sent you over!
If you’re looking for a more “traditional” looking homeschool room, I love the way Mateya created separate desks on single tables, her organization is accessible and attractive, and I love how transparent she is on her journey! She doesn’t have a blog, but she’s very active on her YouTube and on Instagram! To find her on Instagram, click here. While you’re enjoying her content, be sure to let her know I sent you!
There are so many things I love about Ellen’s set up. Her room is multi-purpose since she also operates an in home day care. She has a similar focus on her schooling that we do with secular, eclectic learning. Her YouTube channel is full of treasures when it comes to curriculum, resources, and reviews. Be sure to check her out! She is also active on Instagram here!
Lexi’s homeschool room is simply beautiful. It’s worth it to visit her video just to see her study desks for her students as well as peeking in her closet at their organization! I love that her room is set up functionally with it flowing through their work day. If you’re craving organization ideas, be sure to check her out! If you visit her blog here, you will find beautiful reading lists, sample homeschool routines, as well as curriculum reviews. Be sure to let her know that I sent you!
The Parenting Junkie
Now, it’s no secret among my friends and family that Avital is one of my favorite resources when it comes to conscious parenting, and meeting a child’s sensory needs. While she doesn’t go too in depth in this house tour about curriculum, etc. she does share quite a bit about how they structured zones in their home for the different facets of a child’s needs in learning. Her video about how they use swings in their home was the push we needed to install a swing in my 3 year old’s room, as well as in the room that now hosts our homeschool room. I could spend hours watching her videos, and many of them I have consumed numerous times. I cannot recommend her content enough. You can find her on YouTube, Instagram, and on her gorgeous blog here.
I hope you found some new ideas to infuse life into your learning spaces at home whether you are a homeschooler, an aspiring one, or you choose to utilize other resources for your child’s education.
Do you have a favorite home school room I didn’t mention? Please let me (and other readers) know in the comments!