3 Things You Need for a Great Home Learning Space
The 2020-2021 School Year looks a bit different for most of us. If you and your family are distance learning, learning virtually, a hybrid model, or homeschooling, we have some tips to help you set up a space in your home for a successful learning experience.
We're been homeschooling for a few years now, and here are some tips that have really helped to make learning at home go smoothly for us.
Desks or writing spaces that fit the learner. You might wonder what I mean by this, but this is actually the most important aspect of our home learning spaces. We make sure each student has a place to work that is correctly sized for them. Let's be honest, it's difficult for a young child to write neatly if they're sitting at a table and chair sized for an adult, making it hard to reach their paper. Ergonomically, it just doesn't work. Picking up some second hand or inexpensive desks, tables, and chairs that fit your learner makes a huge difference in their ability to comfortably complete their work.
Organized supplies nearby. Pick up all of your supplies - paper, pencils, markers, etc. - and organize them in your learning space so you kids have access to everything they need to complete their work. That includes computer and tablet chargers, power strips, and any other technology required. When your kids know where everything is kept and stored, they don't have to ask you every time they need the scissors, and they can clean up after themselves.
Eliminate distractions. Kids are easily distracted. Look around your learning space - what could keep them from focusing on their work? Toys and games? Are they facing a window onto a busy street? You or their siblings? Try to clean out your learning space and only keep what you need for learning there. Then, set up their desks in a manner that eliminates distractions they might be facing.
Here are a few things we have found very useful to keep on hand:
A great printer that you can print from wirelessly.
Small dry erase boards for learners to practice math problems, spelling, and more.
Rolling storage carts to hold school books, notebooks, pencils and other supplies. These can easily be rolled into a closet or out of site when they're not in use.
For elementary school learners, flash cards for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to memorize math facts.
Reliable computer and table chargers, along with power strips that can easily reach their learning space. I have found that the braided cords on power strips are really nice.
If you are homeschooling, try to have different ways of learning available - worksheets, reading, games, videos, experiments, and more. There are different ways to learn, and having these tools available helps for a happier, seamless learning experience.
We know that this year may be full of challenges, but it can be full of good things too. We're cheering you on as you embark on whatever this school year holds, and we hope that you have a safe and happy learning experience this year.