With virtual learning rapidly expanding, everyone now needs a space where their child can learn successfully at home. Here are the tips I’ve learned through my own experience with my kids (and the ones every parent needs!).
Did you frantically rearrange your guest bedroom last spring when schools closed? Are you now wondering how you’ll help your child be successful once again? You’re not alone. It was a big wakeup call when I was expected to help my kids do virtual learning one morning. I didn’t have the right space or supplies, and it was weighing on everyone involved.
I’ve found that creating a space for homeschooling can not only make school days more enjoyable but also more productive. Keep reading for my must-have advice for crafting the perfect homeschool space.
Understand the necessities
Unless you’re committed to transforming a bedroom into a schoolroom and stocking up on school supplies, your homeschool area is unlikely to look like a classroom. Luckily, it doesn’t need to! I’ve broken down our homeschool space into a couple of key elements. If you can add more “classroom” items, great! If not, that’s okay too. Here’s are my must-have features.
- Work area with a flat surface
- Comfortable seating
- Good lighting
- Space for storage
Find the right location
The location you choose to homeschool should be isolated enough that it is away from distractions but located near you (the parent). This way, your child can ask any questions or request help when necessary. Depending on the ages of your kids, they may need hands-on help!
For this reason, many parents are tempted to put their child right at the kitchen table so that they’re accessible. However, more often than not, this causes several problems.
- Your child is exposed to a number of distractions that may make it difficult to focus. For instance, younger siblings, cooking, phone calls, noise, etc.
- Their work will often need to be broken down and set back up each day. Because the kitchen table is used first and foremost to eat, they cannot leave their supplies there overnight. This can result in items getting lost or misplaced.
- A homeschool space should ideally be clean and uncluttered, and kitchen tables (or similar spaces like kitchen counters) are often shared among family members. If your child’s homeschool space not only holds their books but also food, toys, and laundry baskets, then this can be distracting as well.
Prioritize comfort and aesthetics
Your child should ultimately enjoy being in their homeschool space. One way you can create a highly desirable space is by making it comfortable. Uncomfortable seating will make your child fidgety and less likely to pay attention or absorb information.
I loved getting to design the homeschool space to suit my kids’ needs. I knew I wanted to facilitate comfort through colors like pale green, light blue, and muted lavender. These were all peaceful colors that were worked well for decoration.
Ask your student how they envision the space
When in doubt, be sure to ask your child what they want in the space. After all, they’ll be spending the majority of their time each day sitting in this space. What type of chair do they want? What color notebook do they want? What would make their days easier? Is there something that their classroom always had that they liked? Don’t forget who will actually be using your homeschool area the most!
My kids had plenty of opinions about what they wanted in their school space. It also made the whole prospective of homeschool more exciting for them.
Your homeschool area is a vital space in your home, and I didn’t realize how much it mattered until my kids were learning at home full-time. Previously, they had just done their homework at the kitchen table.
Now, they have a homeschool space that helps them remain productive all day long. Putting time into it and designing it for their needs facilitated far more benefits than I anticipated.