Small Space Homeschooling = The Whole World is Our Classroom
It is true that when I first started to homeschool, I did have a room dedicated just to schooling.
That was a number of years ago.
It wasn't because we didn't have the space that we began schooling without a dedicated school room. It was that school began being too large to contain in just one room. We would school in just about every room in our house.And now, since we have begun our grand adventure, and moved in with my best friend in her two-bedroom home, we have had to learn how to school in small spaces.
I have had to be organized. We have a small bookshelf and a large plastic container dedicated to our school books and materials. We take them out to use them at the dining room table or on the sofa, and then we have to return them to their designated place. The table and sofa have to be used for things other than school and so they have to be kept clear of school materials as much as possible.
We have had to decide what things are of the most importance to us.
I only brought my most basic homeschooling materials with us, so if I need some art or craft materials, I have to go out and buy them instead of just using from our stored supplies. And since I have to store anything I buy in a limited space, I have had to decide what is the most important materials for me to have. This kind of decision-making has led to some good talks about stewardship and the fact we live in a country that takes so much for granted.
Getting outside has been a necessity since living in the smaller quarters.
Sometimes it just means the backyard for play or nature study. Sometimes it means the neighborhood for a walk or bike ride. Sometimes it means getting out on field trips. The good thing about the relocation was the fact that there are so many museums and other places to go. Every Saturday we take a long (all-day) family field trip. During the week, too, we get out to parks and other places of interest.
The whole world is our classroom.