Making a Study Space for Your Teen

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Today, I am sharing how we fixed up our homeschool space for my high schooler.  We had a lot of fun doing this together.  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

 Here it is, below..

We 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

Well, we decided that we also needed to redo the reading nook. This was a little reading area, was 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.  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.

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 alot!  

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, our nature studies, of course, always took us 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...and, as you know,

At a video-making contest

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

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This gives you an idea of how we set up my teen's high school study space. What are your favorite ways to do a study space for your teen?  Please share in the comments, as that can help out another homeschooling family. too.

This post is a part of the 8th Annual Back to Homeschool Blog Hop-SchoolRoomWeek.  Check out all the other great posts from other homeschoolers.

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is a veteran homeschooler who blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school and college too.  She offers homeschool help and free messages at BJ's Consulting.  Her e-book, "Homeschooling High School with College in Mind" is available on Amazon.

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