When I first started homeschooling my olders, I bought 2 little student desks. It really helped set the tone to begin with. I know it was not neccesary, but it worked. I liked it and they liked it too. Plus, it gave a place to keep their things. BUT, unfortunately, I got rid of them when those children grew out of them. I regret that now as my younger children are ready for it. I really thought I would just be able to replace them when the time came if I wanted, but instead, I cannot find any just like those. I have, however, found a couple things that will work, just not what I wanted. Now, I do not want the children working at the kitchen table due to the way our new house is arranged. And our dining table, where my oldest works, is big and formal and so on. So that is not exactly practical for smaller sized children. SO, I want to get something else.
Now I am wondering if I should just get a little table and put it upstairs. We have 2 playrooms basically..one is a loft area/game room and the other is a media room. I have seen smaller sized tables at IKEA and was thinking that maybe those would be more practical. I have a large built in desk area there with stand up folder holder things. But, the table option won't give each child their own assigned space. But, I am not sure that is so important...as they will sort of have their own space as they will have their own spots at the table. There are 2 of them. Not sure which to go with.
We started at the table.. bought a desk thinking it would help us focus.. instead it made us feel trapped and in school... definately not our style. Now we use the table, the sofa, the floor, the yard, a bed.. where ever we feel like being.
We didn't start with desks, we started with the dining room table. After awhile I decided to use our spare bedroom and I got desks for each of my kids and we had a "school room" with maps, art, bookshelves, white board and the works. It ended up not working so well for us. It seemed harder for the kids to focus. So after about 6 months, I sold the desks and we have been happily schooling at the dining room table. We move it outside if the weather is nice, but sometimes that can become too distracting, so I play it by ear.
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Ems went through three desks total. One was very pretty and matched her room. She used it at first then stopped. So we sold it. Then I found a really cool, tattered old metal desk. Sold that one too. Then she had a simple desk that we bought at WalMart. We gave it away because she never used it. Finally it hit me, she likes doing school all over the place and not just at the desk. So we are offically desk free with the exception of the desk in my room that is used for bills and letter writing.
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Try not to have a good time ... This is supposed to be educational.
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We had desks because I thought it would help create the Time to work mentality...it didn't work so well. We ended up getting a small child sized table and using that instead. The desks became too much of a hassle and the boys really hated it. They much prefered to have a table where they could sit together.
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We have alternated between desks and kitchen table. I've finally given up on the desk/schoolroom idea for good (probably).
My sister uses a desk and school room and loves it. They always start out their day there, but then spread all over the house. She likes it because it gives her a place to keep the school stuff so it doesn't overflow and take over the house.
I like the kitchen table because we don't have room for a dediated school room in our house and because I like to wander and do my house work or read or blog and so on during school part of the time and it allows me to have more freedom of movement while still keeping an eye on my kids. My older kids, 10 and 12, do very little of their school work actuallly sitting at the table.
The easiest thing if it is possible is to have cabinets or drawers right by the table or desk where your kids work to keep all their stuff handy, but put away.
My dream would be a built in counter/desk area along one wall with overhead cabinets and a bulletin board on the wall: one study area for each kid.
Table for sure! And a bigger one at that. A desk is only good for independent work while a table is great for the and group activities, puzzles, crafts and most importantly, throwing a blanket over for an instant fort.
If you want to make a table more desk-like there are some homeschoolers who set up minidesks - They buy or make those tri-fold science fair presentation boards to put up in front of a child. You can tape different things in it or attach envelopes for holding work, etc. When a child is done you just fold it up and stick it away.
Another thing I was doing to give a table the advantages of a desk was to take a couple of those plastic drawers things on castors (my two are white with four see-through drawers) and put their supplies and work in that. On top I put a cheap dish rack to hold their daily work. The books stood up neatly and the utensil tray was perfect for pencils, rulers and other odds and ends. When the kids sat at the table I could roll those up beside them. I'll have to post pictures on my blog at some point.
In the end even that was to formal and restrictive and we're back to just a kitchen table for some work but also the sofa and beds. Life of Fred for instance is best done lying on a bed with a glass of water and a bowl of party mix.
Mine have a desk that has two sides. They sit facing each other and each has their own set of drawers. They keep their laptops on the desk and work there sometimes. Most of their work is done at the dining room table or anywhere else they like at the moment.
After reading all these posts about kids not liking desk, it makes me regret getting one for my daughter. LOL
We'll have to try it out for awhile and see how she does. I have a feeling we'll be moving to the kitchen table, too.
It is ok. My older children loved their desks. But I was thinking a table would be better. My daughter does not like her desk that is in her bedroom, but she loved her little desk that was in the classroom. My oldest loved both, but he is not homeschooled anymore and uses his desk in his room for lots of things..as far as I can tell..shoving things in to when he is told to clean his room.