20 Inspiring Pinterest Boards For Designing and Organizing Homeschool Spaces

20 Inspiring Pinterest Boards for Designing and Organizing Homeschool Spaces A huge part of designing a homeschool space is organization. In fact, that’s probably the biggest part of designing your space. Whether you have a dedicated homeschool room, use the kitchen table, or every part of your home, you need to have a space dedicated to your supplies and curriculum. And Pinterest is loaded with inspiration! I’ve compiled a list of 20 inspiring Pinterest boards for designing and organizing homeschool spaces. Last summer I overhauled our bonus room and changed it into our homeschool room. And Pinterest was my go-to source for inspiration. But even if you don’t have a dedicated homeschool room, you do have homeschool “stuff” and it all needs a place, a space to call home. Getting and staying organized with my homeschool supplies, curriculum, and materials is a constant battle. But because everything in our homeschool has a place, it’s much easier to keep it organized. In fact, it’s one of my favorite rooms in the house for that reason… everything has a home. If your homeschool is in need of some organization, or you are re-designing your homeschool space, you will find plenty of amazing ideas on these 20 Pinterest boards. I feel I have to give you a fair warning here; these are some beautiful Pinterest boards! I got very distracted putting these boards together for you!  Not every homeschool needs or has a dedicated space, so don’t get discouraged by the beautiful rooms you see. Just look for ideas that inspire you to better organize and design your homeschool space. There are lots and lots of ideas here that can be implemented no matter what kind of space you have. Mommas, you are already doing an amazing job by giving your children the best education possible! 

Homeschool Room Ideas from Amy @ A Journey of Purpose

http://www.pinterest.com/amymatkovich/homeschool-room-ideas/

iHN Homeschool Spaces from iHomeschoolNetwork

http://www.pinterest.com/ihomeschoolnet/ihn-homeschool-spaces/

Homeschool Space from Pam @ Everyday Snapshots

http://www.pinterest.com/pkbarnhill/homeschool-space/

Homeschool Organization by Curriculum Choice

Homeschool Organization by Curriculum Choice

 All Things Chalkboard by Hodge Podge Mom

All Things Chalkboard by Hodge Podge Mom

Organizing for School / Homeschools by Mama of Many Blessings

Organizing for School / Homeschools by Mama of Many Blessings

Homeschool: Spaces by Kathy of Cornerstone Confessions

Homeschool: Spaces by Kathy of Cornerstone Confessions

My Dream Homeschool Classroom by Dianna Kennedy at Kennedy Adventures

My dream homeschool classroom by Dianna Kennedy at Kennedy Adventures

Homeschool Organization by Ticia at Adventures in Mommydom

Homeschool Organization by Ticia @ Adventures in Mommydom

Learning Spaces by Heather Woodie at BlogSheWrote

Learning Spaces by Heather Woodie at BlogSheWrote

Learning Room Inspiration from  Jen Dunlap at Jen4ever4always

Learning Room Inspiration from  Jen Dunlap at Jen4ever4always

Homeschool Room Inspiration from Lara at Lara’s Place and a Cup of Grace

Homeschool Room Inspiration from Lara's Place and a Cup of Grace

 Academy Classroom by Great Peace Academy

Academy Classroom by Great Peace Academy

The Organized Homeschool from Selena at Look! We’re Learning!

The Organized Homeschool from Selena at Look! We're Learning

Homeschool Room Ideas from Selena at Look! We’re Learning!

Homeschool Room Ideas from Selena at Look! We're Learning!

Organized Homeschool from Dr. Melanie Wilson @psychowith6Organized Homeschool from Dr. Melanie Wilson @psychowith6

Homeschool Organization from Sallie Borrink

Homeschool Organization from Sallie Borrink

Homeschool Organization from Amy at A Journey of Purpose

Homeschool Organization from Amy at A Journey of Purpose

Education Ordered Homeschool by Stephanie @ Harrington Harmonies

Education Ordered Homeschool by Stephanie @ Harrington Harmonies

Homeschool Classroom Spaces by Marie-Claire Moreau

Homeschool Classroom Spaces by Marie-Claire Moreau

For more homeschool Pinspiration, check out these lovely collections…

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Learning ASL at Home

At the start of our first grade year last fall, I interviewed Firecracker and when I asked what foreign language he would like to learn, he said sign language! He took lessons throughout the school year and learned many vocabulary words and songs in ASL. He is a kinesthetic learner and he thrives on the ability to communicate with his hands and body.

When I found out my friend Selena is now offering virtual American Sign Language (ASL) lessons, I jumped at the opportunity for Firecracker to take a class.

Learning ASL at Home

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I received access to a free lesson in exchange for my review of ASL2U. As always, all opinions I offer are my own, and I never recommend anything I don’t like.

What We Like About ASL2U

Learn to Sign Conversationally

ASL2U is designed to teach children to sign conversationally. This is great! Firecracker has learned many vocabulary words – from sports to foods. But I want him to not only know what the signs for his favorite sports are, but how to talk with a deaf or hard of hearing person about sports. Or any other topic. ASL2U begins by teaching children how to greet a deaf person using basic conversation styles and words.

ASL2U Virtual ASL Lessons

Printable Instructions

ASL2U provides a printable lesson to accompany each online class. We were able to print the instructions (with pictures which is super helpful!) so we can refer to them as we are learning outside of the class lesson. This gives me the ability to reinforce what Firecracker learned.

ASL2U Virtual ASL Lessons

Flexible Online Lessons

ASL2U offers various days and times for lessons. The lessons are done one on one via the computer using Skype, Google Plus, or OoVoo. I can learn right along with Firecracker so that we can practice together. Selena is a super sweet, homeschooling mama whose love of teaching was evident during our lesson. She was very patient and kind to my little guy.

ASL2U Virtual ASL Lessons

Get Started with a Discount

To celebrate the launch of ASL2U, you can sign up using coupon code ASL4HS to get $5 off one session. Coupon code is valid from June 23, 2014, to July 31, 2014, and can only be used once per family.

More About ASL2U

You can find more information about the virtual ASL classes at the ASL2U website. You can also follow Selena on Pinterest at Look! We’re Learning!

Free Printable – Interview Your Student

Do you want to interview your children? You never know what you might find out about them – maybe there’s a foreign language they want to learn that you don’t know about! Use my free printable as a guide for your interview.

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I Can’t Homeschool Because… I’m Afraid I Would Miss Something Important

What do you think about homeschooling your family? Think it’s something you can’t do?! Do you think you, or  your kids, might miss something important by homeschooling? Think again!  I Can't Homeschool Because... I'm Afraid I Would Miss Something Important

I Can’t Homeschool Because… I’m Afraid I Would Miss Something Important

Have you ever heard someone say they can’t homeschool because they might miss something important? If you are a homeschooler, you have probably had this thought at one time or another. That fear can creep in and tell you that you don’t know how to teach and that you don’t know everything that you are supposed to teach your children. Fear that tells you that you are going to miss something important in their education.

So what are you really afraid of? That you are going to miss teaching them certain math functions, or how to read, or about all the world wars, or do all the right science experiments, or what exactly?

Yes, all of these things are important. But guess what? There are vast resources available to help homeschool parents teach their children what they need to know. We are fortunate to live in a time when homeschool families have plenty of resources available.

Some Fascinating Facts About Homeschool vs Public School

Statistics are on our side that homeschoolers are making the grade, teaching kids what they need to know. Homeschool Domination Created by: CollegeAtHome.com

I Homeschool Because… I Don’t Want To Miss Something Important

One of the reasons that I was led to homeschooling is because I don’t want to miss something important by not homeschooling. I spent the early years of Firecracker’s life working in a stressful, full time career where I missed out on too much of his young life. My Journey to Homeschooling is providing the opportunity for me to spend more time with my children.

I get to see the light bulb moments in their lives when something “clicks.”

I get to teach them from our world view and about our family’s values.

I get to focus time on what interests my children.

I get to incorporate their learning styles into how to teach.

I get to show them love all day long in their love languages.

I get to encourage them in their strengths and help them with their weaknesses.

I get to read to them. I get to hear them read to me. I get to hear them read to each other.

I get to spend time outside with them.

I get to know them in a way that I only can by spending so much time with them.

I get to spend time with them reading, learning, exploring, and growing together. Yes, together. It’s not always easy. It’s not always fun. But we are all learning and growing together. And that’s a beautiful thing about homeschooling.

I Homeschool Because... I don't want to miss something important

Are you considering homeschooling, but afraid you can’t? Are there obstacles in your way? I encourage you to seek the real reason you think you can’t homeschool and seek God’s guidance and direction for your family. And visit and enjoy related posts at iHomeschoolNetwork’s I Can’t Homeschool Because… linkup! Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Please leave friendly comments below. What fears did you overcome on your journey to homeschooling? Or what is holding you back from homeschooling? Your comments may encourage someone else in a similar circumstance.

Finish The School Year with a Student Interview {free printable}

Who I Am - An Interview for Homeschool Students

Finish The School Year with a Student Interview

As the school year is winding down and you are realizing that time is flying by too quickly with your children, mark this point in time with an interview of your children.

You can include this as part of their portfolio for the year or add it to your scrapbook. It will serve as a reminder of who they are right at this point in their life. I like to interview my children at the beginning of the school year and then again at the end. It is interesting to see how their thoughts and opinions change over time. And it’s a great way to get to know them! They may answer the questions in ways you don’t expect!

I’ve created a printable that you can use to interview your students. There is one sheet of questions that you can use to interview your students with a second blank page for them to draw a self-portrait. For your younger children, you can ask the questions and write in the answers for them. For your older children, you can give them the questions and have them write out their own answers and/or use this as an essay prompt.

I’m all about documenting my children’s lives. It’s one of my pieces of advice to new homeschool moms, because our children are growing up so quickly, and I don’t want all the good things to be forgotten. I know you don’t either.

Use this interview sheet as a way to capture some precious memories of your children. Enjoy!

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Best Places to Find Discounted Homeschool Curriculum

Where to find discounted homeschool curriculum

If you are a homeschooler, I bet you’re like me, wondering where you are going to find all the curriculum you are going to need for the next school year.

Are you wondering “where are the best deals?”

Best Places to Find Discounted Homeschool Curriculum – Locally

Personally, I have found the best deals locally. Our local homeschool group has been a source of many great deals for me. To shop locally, check around:

  • local homeschool groups often host used book sales
  • yard sales, particularly those hosted by homeschool families
  • thrift stores
  • Facebook groups specifically for buying/selling/trading
  • Other online groups setup for local buying/selling/trading
  • If you buy at a homeschool convention, you usually get free shipping
  • Large chain thrift stores, such as Savers

However, sometimes we need to look further to find what we need and want for our homeschool curriculum. I asked my friends at iHomeschoolNetwork to help me compile a list of the best places for finding discounted curriculum online.

Best Places to Find Discounted Homeschool Curriculum - Online 

For a list of completely FREE resources / curriculum that may work for your family, check out Aspired Living’s Post Homeschool for Free.

May this list help you on your quest to find the best deals to fulfill all your homeschool needs and wants!

Know of a great source for homeschool deals that I haven’t mentioned above? Please leave it in the comments to share with other homeschoolers.

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