We’ve been at home for over a year now and it’s time to switch things up. No one is moving into a new home but we are going to change our environment to create a space that is not only new and fresh but also doubles as a summer learning at-home area for our little ones. We are doing some redecorating, decluttering and limiting distractions when it’s time to get down to business. Creating a comfortable work sanctuary at home can play a part in preventing poor performance in distant learning and working.
Picture this, you have your designated work space decorated with your favorite daily motivational quotes, best mom ever mug, artwork from the kids and a couple of cute notepads and pens. Off in a separate space, the kids have their own designated work space decorated with their favorite interests, art work, back to school supplies, reading material and more all at home! How does that sound? Peaceful right?!
At-Home Learning XO Jasmine Style
We can tell you first hand that distant learning can be a lot less challenging when you have a space set up only for handling work and work only. Now, before we get into the details of how to create the best learning area for your kids we want you to know that your space does NOT have to be exactly like any one else. Everyone has different resources and space available to them, so don’t be afraid to get creative with what you have. To tell you the truth, the majority of the items needed to create this space can be found at your local dollar store, Amazon, Target or Walmart.
You can set up the child’s work area in a spare bedroom, a tiny desk right beside your work station, the kitchen table, or even a quiet section in the living room. Regardless mom, be prepared to share your space.
Choose a location
Before you start setting up shop anywhere in the home, find out where the child would prefer to work. Maybe you have a child who needs complete silence in order to focus or they might be of age and comfortable with a little distraction in the background as they work.
Think about what each child’s creative needs are. It is most important to have a consistent distance learning spot that is stimulating enough to keep the children focused during the workday and out of the way when it’s playtime.
It’s time to get organized. If you don’t have enough space, then let’s make it enough! Even If you have to shift some things around. It’s alright to dust off that oldie but goodie desk in the basement, throw out some of that junk mail clogging up the drawers, or donate some of those old college books that are hogging up space on the bookshelf in your library. Don’t be afraid to let some of it go, what you could do is have a yard sale to get rid of some of those items and make a little spare cash to grab something new! We can always use a little extra cash to splurge on decorations and furniture.
If you’ve been here a while, you know that decorating is the part we love the most. This is where letting the kids explore their creative freedom takes place (within reasonable limits of course). Choosing between different arts and craft pieces, motivational quotes, bright colors, and anything else that might keep your child motivated and inspired.
One trend that we’ve noticed and love the idea of is teachers decorating their classrooms based on movies and popular social interests. If you have a younger child whose interest is cars then you could get creative by making alphabet letters out of race cars. Or if you have a teenager, asking what they want instead of decorating their room for them could save you a bunch of time, patience and money in the long run.
When shopping for work space furniture for children, think of how you’ve felt before sitting hours on end at an uncomfortable desk and lousy chair to match. Learning at-home gives us the opportunity to create a safe space that not only allows our children to flourish but also provides comfort that they don’t receive in a typical school setting. So when you’re shopping for furniture for the children, try to find a comfortable chair and table or flat surface that can accommodate their laptop, tablet, books or writing tools.
Note: If you can, try not to set up space in the same area where the children sleep. Having a bed in the same room as they try to work can cause a major distraction not only.
Creating a learning at-home environment include monitoring screen time especially if it does not relate to their studies, can help you make sure that your little one is staying on track. Ask your child to turn off the tv’s and social media during the school day. No social media updates during the school day, sorry!
Some substitutes in replace of screen time would be things such as puzzle,coloring books, fidget spinners, or maybe a stress ball. It’s also important to invite your child to pick out their own cozy distraction.
Final thoughts on Creating a Learning At-Home Environment
Ultimately we can’t predict much about what the next school year will be like. In the meantime all that we can do as parents is provide them with comfortable, clean, and organized workspaces that can assist with maintaining some degree of routine and/or structure. Not only does this keep the child prepared and organized during distant learning time, it also becomes a lot easier for the teachers to communicate with the entire group of students at once.
Once the learning area is created, the very last thing to do is write out a detailed schedule that’ll help keep the children on top of their students and extra activities. Being able to see what is due and when is a part of keeping everyone organized and on the right track. So now that I’ve given you a few tips on how to create a learning area for kids, I think it’s time to get down to business. Creating a learning space at home will be an all hands on deck type of project. I hope you found these tips helpful!