School Year Prep

In this episode of At Home, Brianne Buskey leads the discussion on School Year Prep. Some of us struggled just a bit with this topic, because we’re still in the midst of summer. But our Brianne is a planner at heart. So it doesn’t take her long to dive right in and give us an episode chock full of practical tips and advice for planning the new school year.
We cover everything from choosing curriculum, our planning methods, budgeting for home schooling, how we arrange our school books and supplies, and even have a discussion about being part of a charter. By the end of the episode (almost) everyone was so excited about getting ready for the new school year, that the words “pumpkin spice latte” were uttered. Some of us though, still just want to go to the beach.
Whether you find yourself dreaming of fall drinks or sunny beaches, this episode is sure to inspire you to make some plans for the new school year. Thanks Bre for such a helpful episode!  And don’t forget to check the blog for pictures of school spaces from the At Home ladies.


As mentioned in the episode, here is a glimpse into the designated school areas in our homes. It doesn’t have to take much space to organize your school books and supplies. As you will see below some of us have more room than others but we all agree that keeping it organized, so it doesn’t take over your home, can be very helpful.

Greta Eskridge
“We don’t have a dedicated school room thats just for school stuff and where we all sit and do our school work.
While there is a part of me that thinks I’d love that, the reality s our house isn’t that large, and we don’t have a space big enough for that kind of room. And truthfully, I really like that we do our school work at the kitchen table, the dining room table, on the couch, and outside under the avocado tree, or at the picnic table.
Recently we rearranged the kids’ rooms to give us one room that holds all our home school books and all our art supplies, as well as our desktop computer. The goal was to create one space for all our school and art materials so that they’d no longer be spread all over the house, and I might find it easier to be more organized.
So I guess we do have a school room of sorts, but thats not where we do school. Its just where we keep our stuff. In actuality, home schooling lives up to its name for us. It happens all over our home!”

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Rachel Reeves
“Our family has found that we enjoy schooling in the most central part of our home – the living and dining room. We keep our learning area simple with books, drawers and toolboxes filled with supplies and clipboards to display finished homework. Each girls also has a basket where she keeps her books, projects and journals.”

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Brianne Buskey
“All of our curriculum, school books and school supplies, along with most of our children’s books are stored in these 3 bookcases. On the right side we keep books we’re using for the current school year, then over the summer they get swapped out for next years books. In the bottom half of the bookcases (the part with the doors) is where I keep all the messy stuff (so mama doesn’t go crazy looking at it!). Stored in the crate on the small round table is all sorts of pens, pencils, tape, markers and other random school supplies.”

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Jen Dees
“We keep all of our school books (except for our math books) on a bookshelf cart with wheels, although the cart always stays in the same spot.  Each of my three school age children has a binder for their schedule and their written narrations, and those binders always stay on the cart also.
I always read to my kids in our living room. My kids can work in a different room or in the yard when they are reading to themselves or writing, but they usually choose to be all huddled together in our living room. All of our math books stay in the crate”
Kristin Rogers
“We don’t have a designated school space in our little house so school often ends up in random spots! We use our cute rolling cart to carry our current school books/workbooks and supplies…we named it Trolley. We roll it on to the front porch, near the couch, in the kitchen, next to a fort or wherever we land for the day.
When you don’t have a ton of room, getting books on the wall is a great way to go. My husband made me this wall book shelf to hold our books with the lower shelf within their easy reach. We also have a book shelf all around the ceiling of their room.”
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Show Notes

Rachel Reeves
Book on choosing your homeschooling style: 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
Kristin Rogers
Ambleside curriculum and booklists:
Brianne Buskey
Home School Legal Defense Association– HIGHLY recommended for all home-basssed homeschool families!
Homeschool laws in your state:
Private homeschool affidavit (CA file by October 15th)
Places to purchase discounted books and curriculum:

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  1. I am both excited and terrified for this school year to begin haha! 2nd grade, K, pre-school, and baby and completely independent, this was SOO up my ally. Thank you guys so much for taking the time to do this it has helped me more then you could possibly know! Like-minded people doing the same thing, so refreshing!! Yay for you guys and for Wild + Free, thanks again!!!

  2. This is our 17 th year homeschooling. We’ve never had a schoolroom and have always used the kitchen or dining room table. I have a 3 tiered rolling cart for our current years books and supplies. Most everything else lives in various places/cupboards around the house and in the garage. It’s worked for us but…even after all these years I still think that a designated room would be fabulous…my learning to be content with what I have is still a real struggle. Thank you ladies for your podcasts. I’ve been enjoying them and learning new insights to how things can be done (where was this technology way back when we started down this path? I could have really used the wisdom you all are sharing!)

    1. 17 Years!! That is wonderful! I agree, a designated room to keep all of our school stuff in does sound dreamy but I love that you’ve made it work all this time without one. Thank you so much for the support and for listening! -Brianne

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