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.