As we continue to adapt to a new way of life, many parents are looking to help their children continue to be engaged in their education. The challenge is that you also are now spending more time at home working, so you need to use limited space for your children’s schooling, as well as your office space. Here are five tips for creating an at-home learning space for your children supporting effective education at home.
Focus on Creativity and Exploration
Education goes beyond learning facts and techniques for expanding your child’s creativity and exploration of the world. The priority for finding space for your child’s at-home learning is more about these areas rather than square footage. The room should be quiet yet enjoyable from a child’s perspective. Also, consider your children’s personalities and interests and make it their own, yet have an area solely for their lessons.
Keep it Tidy
Teach your child good organization skills, both with their time and at-home learning space. When you set up the area, keep it simple, and provide only the necessities. Ensure that your children have places to store their school supplies, and keep the space feeling open and inviting.
Lighting is critical in an at-home learning space for children. If you rely on overhead lighting, use lightbulbs that mimic sunlight. If possible, set up an at-home learning space that is near a window for natural light. You should also add a desk lamp with a bulb that mimics sunlight.
Make it Their Special Space
Let your children know that the school space is just for them and only to be used for that purpose. This allows your children to take ownership of the area and makes them feel like education is an extra special activity. If you need to help your child with homework, do so in the space, and set a good example by staying focused and positive about the experience.
Be a Good Role Model
Children learn from their parents, and working from home is an excellent opportunity for you to role model ways to stay organized, focused, and engaged in the day’s schedule. Make sure to include breaks for you and your children, and use the time to play and interact, just as your children would do at school with their classmates.