Homeschooling High School - Making Your Teen a Frugal Study Space

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 a small space for my high schooler.


Making a Homemade Desk

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

By combining: 

- a small chest of drawers with
- a table that we had around

We put together our own desk.

Then we went to a thrift shop and looked around for a desk shelf.

Then we found something, just for fun, to use as a little rug.  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.

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.  

A Reading Nook

My daughter just updated an old reading nook that we had from years ago. 

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....

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. 

Organizing Study Supplies 

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.

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 my 2e daughter 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 used that same method, switching it out to folders instead of spiral notebooks. 

That's how we set up things for high school. 

And for stress relief when things got difficult re challenging subjects, we were always heading outside.

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

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

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

Do you want a step by step guide to high school and college, including my exclusive guide to the Common Application for homeschoolers? 

More information on that and my book is here - Frugal College Prep for Homeschoolers.  It gives you my best tips to plan your high school homeschool.  

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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