Setting up school at home...
It's easy to create an environment at home to encourage your children to learn. Setting up a separate 'school room' may seem a nice idea and look appropriate, but such spaces are seldom used after the first few weeks.
It can be easier on Mum if you organise structured activities, including working from books, in the family room or living area of the house. Your children will tend to concentrate their activities around where you are anyway - they enjoy your company and want to be with you. This also allows you to complete chores as you help your children, answering any questions they may arise.
It isn't necessary to transform your home into a traditional school room. Schools often go to considerable expense to replicate the many natural learning resources and features of the home. Don't make the mistake of transforming your home into a traditional school room. Think creatively about those which existing rooms and furniture you can exploit to help your children learn.
We found the following useful in our homeschooling adventure:
After a few months most homeschooling homes eventually resemble the best busy and active junior primary classrooms, taken over by the learning artefacts of happy children and parents!
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