Set up for Success.
Online learning is here and not going away anytime soon. Not only do we find ourselves questioning HOW will our kids learn, but more importantly, WHERE will they learn. Below are a few ideas and tips to get your space ready before the school bell rings.
1. Recognize that everyone learns differently and each child may need different types of workspaces. Some need complete privacy and quiet while others prefer a view and even music.
2. You don’t need to create a Pinterest worthy space.
3. Instead of focusing on the square footage of the space, think about creating a simple functioning space with a worktop, chair, supplies and proper charging devices.
4. If space is a problem, work areas can be flexible. Pull out a folding table,chair and supplies when it’s time to learn, and put them away after.
5. Declutter the space for less distractions and better focus.
6. Make sure your area is well lit. Studies prove that lighting can affect energy and attention. Move lamps to add extra light, open blinds or drapes and increase the wattage of your light bulbs.
7. If more than one child will be working at the same time, in the same room, turn their workspaces away from each other (back to back) to avoid distractions.
8. Have your child use headphones while online so they are better focused.
9. Display all school and work schedules in your kitchen so everyone is aware of what’s going on and can be considerate of others (easier said than done:) during their courses.
10. Encourage your children to get dressed, wash up and eat prior to learning. Some teenage kids (like mine) can barely open their eyes before they hit the shower. Remember, online classes can be a live view of your child.
I know you want to create the best learning environment for children, but try not to overthink it. They probably need less than you think. Talk to your kids about what they need and if you get them involved in creating their own space, they may even like it!