July 30, 2020 at 11:42am | Lisa Quin
Many parents around the country are about to embark on a journey they've never taken before: virtual schooling at home.  What does that space need?  Where should that place be located?  So many parents are feeling a bit lost and unsure so we've put together a quick list of pointers that we hope you will find helpful as you create this newly needed space in your home.

An effective workspace, for adults and children alike, need a sturdy work surface, light and a comfortable chair. But don't forget to let your child have fun with this and be apart of creating this new school space. Take into consideration what they want and like. Maybe the traditional school set up doesn't work for them - this is a great time for them to let their individual voice be heard! Maybe they want to create a fort for their school space or work inside a teepee tent. As long as it's a space where they can focus without distractions, go for it!

The first step to an effective learning space for your child is location. A space that does not have a lot of distractions is ideal. Do not worry if you do not have an entire room to dedicate to a new learning space. The corner of a quiet room in your home that is away from distractions will work just fine.

Speaking of distractions, once you've chosen your location, now it's time to focus on removing distractions. Too many toys, books, noise from a busy room in the house or the t.v. can make it very hard for your child to focus on learning. Desktop organizers or trays are great for keeping school supplies neat and tidy - which will help your child concentrate on the task at hand.

Just like in the classroom, your child's at home learning space should reflect your child's interests and to help them feel inspired to learn. Maybe that's hanging small pictures, posters, world maps or some of their artwork. A corkboard would be a great visual for reminders along with a calendar.

Children, just like adults, work better if they can take breaks, change positions and have a change of scenery. Consider having multiple areas for learning. Desk for class work, dining room table for projects and a comfy chair for reading time.

Remember, nothing about this time is traditional. Try not to over think what your child's learning space will need. Teachers change their classroom layouts frequently throughout the year based on the children's needs. You can do that too! If your first arrangement isn’t working, you can change it up!  What’s important is taking the time to try different approaches and find what works best for your child.



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