School is back, and virtual learning seems to be the way to start the year for many families. But have you set up a designated learning space for your kiddo yet?
We scoured Pinterest and Instagram for learning space inspiration and came up with a list of our favorite ways to create the best spot for your child to learn at home.
PICK A SPOT WITH NATURAL LIGHTING
If you hate being in a space with yellow lighting or fluorescent light bulbs, your kids probably will too. If you have a spot in your home you can dedicate to your child with lots of natural light, make that their spot.
ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE
There’s nothing like having specific spots for specific items. Grab some baskets, buckets or boxes for pens, pencils and paper. I always loved having a specific folder or binder for a specific class or teacher. Science? Green folder—it made me think of plants. History? Black folder—black is serious, so is history. Math? Red folder—I hated math, red is an angry color. With everything in its spot, your child will be able to easily find everything they need.
PERSONALIZATION IS KEY
Talk to your kiddo about what they like in terms of colors and themes. Does your daughter love unicorns? Throw a few unicorn-themed items in the space. Is your son really into dinos? Bring ’em on.
GRAB A COMFY SEAT
Having a comfy place to sit and work makes a big difference in one’s ability to focus. Think about it: If your chair at work is hard and makes your back hurt, are you thinking more about your work or your back hurting? So find a solid, comfy chair for your kid to use while they do their daily schoolwork.
PLAN FOR YOUR CHILD’S NEEDS
Sure, Pinterest and Instagram are great to look at—but will those specific setups actually work for your child? Consider your kid’s age and personality: Are they old enough to work on their own? Are they too young to be far away from Mom and Dad while they work? Do they have trouble staying on task if a lot of fun items are around? Thinking about who your child is will help you determine the right space for them.
BE FLEXIBLE: LEAVE ROOM FOR GROWTH
The school year is just starting—you don’t want to fill their space up completely yet. Leave some room in their learning space to fill in the gaps when you see them. Didn’t realize how many papers your kid would need to keep organized? You’ll want some room for folders or binders. Does your child have a lot of crafts to make? Maybe that desk actually needs to be a larger table.
How are you setting up your child’s learning space? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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