I went back and forth over the decision of whether to buy desks for our homeschool space or not. Lots of homeschoolers gather around their kitchen tables for homeschool, and I liked that idea for awhile. But for us, it just wasn’t working out. I felt unorganized, I didn’t like having to remove all the papers off the table to eat a meal, and my boys are too small to sit comfortably at our table; they were having to stand up on their chairs and reach for things, and I could tell my kindergartner’s posture wasn’t good when he was trying to write or color.
So, I began my search for desks. We decided to turn our front living area into two parts; a homeschool area and a living area for the boys. It’s not really a toy room since they only have their Legos and Duplos in pull out bins in the living area, but it’s kind of their room now (I’ll show the full room soon!).
I am SO happy with not only creating a homeschool area, but also for investing in desks that are made for young children. I literally stand there sometimes and just stare at our little homeschool space.
My husband and I spent about two weeks reviewing kid’s desks online. I had a few basic ones picked out. I was looking at this activity table and this KidKraft table and chair set, but we couldn’t agree on anything until we found these desks, the Lipper International Child’s Workstation.
I’m so glad we kept disagreeing on desks because this Lipper desk is so nice! They’re well made, they’re the perfect size, and I love that they have side shelves and a little drawer to store pencils and things. We bought two and faced them together to create a table-like atmosphere.
As you can see, my five year old has plenty of space. The desk top is surprisingly spacious compared to how it looks in the manufacturer’s photos. There’s so much space that a lamp or other desk items would easily fit in the corner without taking up any work space.
What to look for in a desk
- If buying online like we did, make sure to be aware of the dimensions. Some desks appear to be larger or smaller than they really are in photos. Make sure the desk’s size would be appropriate for your child. If it’s too big, young children will have a hard time creating anything in that space.
- Look for chairs that are ergonomically designed and will support their lower back and their posture.
- Check for sturdiness. This is hard to do if buying online, but it’s important because you never know when you’re gonna need to climb on top of it and play! The desk we chose was a little pricey compared to other desks, but so worth the investment; I love how sturdy and well-made they are.
Tips for setting up a homeschool area
Awesomely, with homeschool, you can do it anywhere. There doesn’t even need to be a designated area. I just preferred one for organization’s sake and because I had room for one.
- First of all, wherever you set it up, try to make sure it’s in a well-lit area that isn’t too hot or too cold. I love natural light, so I set our school area up in front a big window. And since I live in the desert, I made sure we were in the coolest room of the house so we won’t be sweating through summer!
- Another thing I noticed is that having our homeschool area out more in the open part of house, instead of in our “preschool room” which is a small bedroom off the hallway, is much more practical. We hardly ever used our preschool room for that reason, and now that the homeschool area is in a main living area, we’re much more inclined to go over and use the space.
- My life is so much easier now that I have the printer right in the homeschool area. No more running around the house when I need to print something out.
- Get a rug that doesn’t show stains!
- Don’t put toys near the homeschool area, way too distracting
- Storage! The more storage you create, the more places you have to put everything and the less unorganized it will all be.
What’s in my homeschool room
- Lipper International Child’s Workstation in Walnut
- Plaques on wall – Target $3 section
- Melissa & Doug Magnetic Calendar
- Ikea shelving
- Target light blue storage bins (loooove these)
- Small Ikea decor – candle, tins, small storage bins
- Ikea abacus
- Jumbo pencils
- Mint wire waste basket – Target $3 section
- Construction paper
- World map
- Recently upgraded our HP printer to one of these
Do you have a designated homeschool area and if so, what have you found to be helpful to have included in this area?