A Lincoln, Nebraska Journal Star article had me exasperated at first. Starting with the title: Home schooling: Making your house work as a classroom, too By Linda Ulrich. Our houses are not schools. They are homes. Some homeschooling families do have a school-like set up. In my experience, most do not find that suitable for their family.
But, after reading about the 3 Nebraska homeschooling families’ home environment, one mom, Jennifer Geaghan, described home life well:
“I have really tried to make our home school area be free flowing and incorporated into our daily lives as much as possible,” she said. “A lot of our supplies are also what you use in the daily life of a family.”
Another mom had the practical aspects of living and learning at home figured out before my husband and I did when we took our kids out of the school. We bought the old school desks and chairs which sat unused, while our couches and the floor
became the prime spot for reading, drawing, playing music and writing.
Jessica Freeman, another home-schooling mom, says it’s not necessary to buy special furniture for a home school.
“We would never spend money on extra furnishings for home schooling when there are perfectly good kitchen tables and chairs, comfy couches and floors available for use. We need lots of storage in this house for our things and our collection of books, but we would need that anyway,” she said.
Jessica Freeman also noted this below. Despite the article’s title, the houses were described as family homes lived in day in and day out.
Freeman said she feels sad when she sees “the general public having such a narrow view of home schooling, when people think that the only way to learn is to import desks and dedicate a special room so that children can sit there every day and ‘do school.’
“Life is so much more interesting than that, and home schooling is wonderful because it gives a family a chance to really experience life and learning in its own style,” she said.