When the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to abruptly shut down earlier this year, families across the globe scrambled to make distance learning work for their children. Now, as a new school year begins, many parents are finding their families in the position to again, make distance learning work in their homes.
For kids participating in remote learning, one of the best ways that a parent can set them up for success is by providing them with a dedicated area to focus on their studies amid the distractions at home. Consider the following tools and tips when setting up a permanent, or semi-permanent remote learning space in your home.
Tips for Remote Learning Workspaces
- Set Up a Designated Learning Area
Converting your spare room into a classroom isn’t always the solution to setting up remote learning stations for your family! The younger your child is, the more you’ll want their study space to be in a central location so you can field questions and keep an eye on them. Other children may want a bit more privacy, especially if they’re in Zoom, or video classes and your presence may be distracting from their learning.
You know your child best, so whether it be a desk in their bedroom, a small table in the family room, or a designated corner in the kitchen. Creating a small space where they can set up shop can help your kids get into the “school day” mindset so they can show up ready to focus.
- Line Them Up
Have a free wall in your home? Set up mounted shelves to organize a school work zone that can work for multiple kids! Give each child a shelf of their own so there’s no arguing or confusion over what belongs to whom, or who gets which workspace for the day.
Set your family up for success by organizing their workspace from the very beginning of your remote-learning adventure. The more cluttered the learning space, the harder it will be for your kids to focus. Organize papers and art supplies in bins, and use labels so kids can keep up the organization system! Include a desktop organizer or cups for high-use items such as workbooks and pencils, and consider adding a corkboard above their space so they can easily keep track of their schedule and important reminders.
- Maximize What You Have
Our homes serve enough multi-purposes already, so we understand if the extra space just isn’t there for an intricate setup. Consider a side table in the hallway for a small “desk” for the little ones, or a wall-mounted desk that can fold up and save space in a bedroom or living area. You can also use your kitchen table or counter as a workspace while keeping supplies organized ina rolling cart or caddy!
- Create a Nook
Does your house have a little-used closet or awkward alcove? Small spaces like these are perfect for hacking out a nook for your children to thrive in! Add a small table in these spaces or mount a few floating shelves for a work surface and storage.
Pro Tip: Are you also working from home? If you have space, consider sharing your work area or at-home office with your children. This allows you to be accessible so that you can field questions and help your child stay on task. It also allows some much-needed socialization for both of you throughout your work and school day!
Distance learning is already hard, don’t stress if your child’s workspace isn’t as meticulously set up as a “proper” homeschooling classroom! If you engage your kids in the process and give them a place to sit, think, and learn, your family will be perfectly set up for success this school year.
Are you ready to take your remote learning set up to the next level, or just need a little assistance in finding the extra space in your home? Contact the experts at Kitchen Elements! Our professional and experienced team is ready to provide you with the best remote-learning solutions for your family!