If you are homeschooling, virtual schooling, or just spending more learning time at home, you can benefit from some intentional design of your educational space. Here are some easy ways to make the most of your home’s layout for learning.
If you have a little space:
– Create a workspace for your child. Invite them to participate, by picking out special materials (pencils, markers, crayons) and asking them for input. Having a comfortable chair to work in can work wonders!
– If you are setting up at your kitchen or dining table, try to stay as organized as possible to make set up and clean up easier. Consider where you will store your school materials when not in use. Teach your child to clean up at the end of the school day.
– Hang a calendar to keep track assignments, meetings, and special days. This is also a great way to keep excitement high.
If you have a dedicated room:
– Give each person a workspace, such as a desk, chair, and lounge area. It can be helpful to ask their teachers how their classroom would normally be set up and what features work best for their age group.
– Embrace nontraditional learning spaces, such as couches, beanbags chairs, or even floor pillow. Many children benefit from being able to move as they process new information.
– Set up a tech charging station. Many schools are relying on tablets and other technology to work on assignments or meet in a virtual classroom. Create an area in your school room to charge these devices at the end of your day and teach your child to plug them in. You’ll be happy to see a full battery at the beginning of your day.
If you have an outdoor space:
– Make sure to get some fresh air and sunshine daily. This will help keep everyone’s spirits high.
– Invite your children to take their learning outside. As long as they will not be distracted, they can even attend virtual school meetings or work on assignments out in the fresh air.
– Create a family PE class with balls, sidewalk chalk, or small cones. You can even use items in your yard to create a nature hunt. Get creative and get outside!