Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Home school class room Vs the kitchen table!

home school classroom

To have a home school class room, or to not have a home school class room? Which is best and does it even really matter?

Take a look on pinterest and you will find an array of beautiful homeschool classrooms....huge rooms with everything a teacher-mum and her kids would ever have a dedicated room like that you really would feel like a professional home schooler right!

But is it really necessary? If you don't have a home school room, does it make you less of a home-schooler?

When we started out home educating, we "home Schooled" around the kitchen table, with kids work up on the kitchen wall.
 About 18 months later, we turned a spare bedroom into a "class room" which I loved, because it was a place to store all the "school stuff" out of the way, although it sometimes seemed a bit of an effort to go in there; being segregated from the rest of the house, and would often end up bringing work to the kitchen table so we could school and cook dinner at the same time!
Go forward another 18 months, and the classroom is being dismantled as we need the space for something else, and I am in the middle of trying to find new homes around the house for all its contents we have built up over this short time subhanAllah.

home school classrooms
So does it make a difference having a class room? I don't think so. Sure, it is nice to have everything in one place, and if you are blessed to have an extra room then why not? But it really isn't essential. Having a classroom won't actually be the ticket to give you better educational matter what pinterest may make you think!

What is important, is nurturing the innate curiosity of your children, and giving them a space where they can be comfortable, happy and have access to everything they need to learn and be inspired....whether that be a dedicated school room or a seat at the kitchen table!

This can be done in so many ways, and every family is different. If you do a different search on pinterest, you can also find an array of different home schooling families utilising spaces in different ways; the famous kitchen table, the living room floor, desks in the bedrooms, unsuspecting cupboards intended to store plates and cups instead filled with papers and books - whatever space people have is what is used Alhamdulillah....and it all works fine!

At the end of the day, the place you are "schooling" in, is your home....albeit a temporary one; as we travel through this world like a stranger, working to put forward provisions for our permanent abode in the akhira.

So what is the simple answer to our class room question? Whatever works for you and your family's needs and requirements.

Just keep in mind, that material is not what is important and is not what will give you and your children true success. But what you do and how you use what you do have, is what will.

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