While the education sector has always been a constantly changing field, the year 2020 has introduced a new normal where students across the globe have taken to virtual education. In such circumstances, providing your children with a home space to support learning is vital. This may seem daunting for some, but our quick tips will point you in the right direction.
Getting Started with At Home Learning!
1) Plan Ahead!
The key principle that schools run on is organization and planning. Whether it is lesson plans, equipment, assessments, or even trips, schools do not leave anything to the last minute. Not only does this result in better outputs, but it also reduces the chances of things not working out. The same principles must be applied to your child’s virtual learning center. Make it a habit for your children to prepare their basics before school begins and ensure they have stationery, learning material, and a steady power supply on hand. This will instill a sense of organization within the student and help them enter that learning state of mind.
2) Supplies, Supplies, and Supplies!
While each household is sure to have basic stationery items, specific supplies vary for each grade. Having the right supplies will set your child up for success and limit breaks resulting from a need to run for a new supply mid-meeting. Make sure you have the following items:
A writing surface (desk, table, etc.)
Required technology (a computer/tablet, a power supply and an extension)
Required school books
Paper (lined and unlined)
Colored pencils or crayons or markers or paints
Check out this handy grade-specific list if you don’t have one from your school.
3) Storage Space
Concentrating and getting work done in clutter is a real hassle! Ensure your children have a proper place to store their workbooks, stationery, and other learning materials. Not only will this free up space for them to get their work done, but children are also less likely to lose their things. Plus, proper storage space will mimic the feeling of a school setting, making it easier for your child to study.
We love to use old cups for our writing supplies and a Rubbermaid bin to put everything in at the end of the day so it is all together. You can use whatever container you have, or there are some great storage solutions on Amazon.
4) Personalize the Space
The at-home learning center should be where your child feels comfortable and motivated. It's important to involve them in setting up the space so they feel a sense of ownership and pride. Let them choose the color of their writing surface or the type of chair they want to sit on. Allow them to decorate the space with posters or pictures that inspire them to learn. A personalized space will excite them to attend classes and complete their work.
One great way to personalize the space is with custom school apparel. K-12 Clothing offers various customizable options, such as t-shirts, hoodies, and masks that can be designed with your school's logo or colors. Your child can wear these items while they learn, creating a sense of school spirit even in a virtual environment. Not only will they feel more connected to their school, but it will also serve as a reminder of the importance of education.
Another way to personalize the space is by creating a designated area for your child's hobbies or interests. For example, if your child is interested in music, set up a corner of the room with a small keyboard or guitar. If they enjoy reading, add a bookshelf with their favorite books. This will give them a break from their academic work and allow them to pursue their passions.
Remember, the at-home learning center is not just a physical space but also an emotional one. Encourage your child to take breaks and step away from work when needed. Incorporate small plants or natural lighting to make the space more calming and inviting. With a personalized and comfortable learning environment, your child will be more engaged and successful in their virtual learning journey.
Handling a Hybrid Model
If your child’s school has decided to operate on a hybrid model, your child’s learning process will have less stability, and you won’t want to lug that Rubbermaid bin to school. Help your child set a phone alarm for the end of each day to put the materials needed for in-person school into their backpack. You can also have them set out their school uniform or other clothing simultaneously. This will lessen the morning rush to ensure all are present. But, just in case, you can also set the alarm for the morning to check their backpack to ensure all materials are in place.
So, then you have it: some simple yet effective ways to make your child’s at-home learning center a success! After all, education should not stop in the face of anything, not even a global pandemic.