Homeschooling High School - Making Your Teen's Study Space plus Organizational Tips

Summary:  How to make a homeschool high school teen space, using what is easily on hand at home.  Plus organizational methods for storing study supplies.  #homeschoolhighschool  #homeschoolrooms #organizationalmethodshomeschool

Are you looking for some new ideas for making a study space for yourself, or your homeschooled teen? Today, I am sharing how we fixed up our homeschool space for my high schooler.

I wanted her to have a cozy place to study, and she was looking forward to having it in her own room.  We didn't have a desk in the house, so we set about making one.

Making a Desk

We didn't have a desk so we used what we had and put one together ourselves.

By combined a small chest of drawers with a wooden table, that we already had.  Then we went to Goodwill, together, and looked around for a desk shelf.  

Can you see the fish rug on the floor above?  

It was made from a puzzle, that my teen put together, then just added a layer of clear packing tape.  By the way, our kitten ran in while I was taking this picture, so he was a surprise addition to it...!

We then found a desk chair at a garage sale. 

After that, my daughter went about decorating it with her favorite things. She put in her touches, to make it her own.  I loved how she kept one of her stuffed penguins, and found a place for it, in her high school desk area.

Can you see the penguin here?  She also stores our printer on her desk, one that we found used from a computer shop.  

Next, my teen did some simple redecorating, along the walls of her room.  She took down her old things, and updated them with her new finds, including this one....

The Reading Nook

To the left,  my daughter worked on an old bookshelf that we had from her earlier years.

It was used before as a little reading area, when she was little and here's how we used it, when she was young. 

 It used to have a large stuffed whale pillow on it!  Of course, that went by the way.  

My daughter decided to use the same bookshelves, and remake it into a teen reading space....

Organizing Study Supplies

Next, we went shopping for school supplies, getting what was needed for certain subjects, like a protractor for math, along with lots of spiral notebooks.  

We bought three for each subject.  We gathered together all the supplies and books needed for each subject, and just put them into a box.

For more ideas, Susan from Hands-On Learning shares a video tour of her homeschool high school room.  I invite you to check it out.

Our Workboxing Method

We used the spiral notebooks for her written work, such as essay drafts, math problems, taking notes on a history text, etc.  

That way, we didn't have the problem of losing and having to find this paper and that.

It was our version of the workboxing method...I know it is not truly workboxing, but it was our way of doing it!  

And. later, when my daughter started college, she took the concept of workboxing, with her to college, and it helped her a lot!  

That's how we set up things for high school.  Of course, the desk was not the only place where she would study....

But it was a favorite place to study, next to going to the coffee shop!  

And then there's all the fun, high school activities that our kids can do, too!

And for stress relief when things got difficult re challenging subjects, we were always heading outside, to  explore the pacific northwest through mini-road trips

Sometimes my teen "took me", as she was practicing her driving skills....

And now my previously very neat and tidy one, will finally let herself get muddy....yes!

Thanks for stopping by, to see where our homeschooling high school happened...

I love reading your comments.  Where is your teen's favorite place to study?


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Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool
collegegifted/2e and wrote -Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition,   She offers homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had some of her articles picked up by the Huffington Post.

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