Remote education has definitely put home learning into a new perspective. And parents have come to realize just how important it is to have a designated study area for their children. But creating a space in which children can amass knowledge as effectively as possible comes with a few guidelines.
Before the pandemic, children, in general, would study at home to practice and consolidate what they’ve amassed during class. Perhaps, study areas weren’t perceived as important as they are today by everyone. Both children and parents spent limited amounts of time doing homework together or reviewing lectures.
Today, homeschooling, whether with a private tutor or not, has become a reality for all parents and children who can’t attend their physical schools anymore. Because of this change, the importance of creating a well-established learning environment has become more pressing than ever before. So, in this article, we’ll look at a few key tips for creating a space that facilitates your child’s education and focus.
Set up a learning nook
When it comes to choosing the right study area, you have to take your child’s age into account. If they are at an age when they need to be supervised, select a space that allows you to keep an eye on them. If they are old enough to study independently, give them some much-needed and well-deserved privacy in a silent area of the house or their bedroom.
Make sure that the space for your child’s learning time has excellent natural light (and excellent artificial light for darker days), a comfortable temperature, and low noise. Next, ensure that your child has a comfortable chair to sit on and a desk to lay down their work.
Accommodate your child’s interests
Any child is more willing to spend time in a space that accommodates their interests. For example, a creative child who likes to explore art will willingly and eagerly spend time in an area that provides tools for responsible exploration.
The key is to provide your child the necessary tools to expand their interests but ensure that they can explore as safely as possible. Doing this will keep them from wandering away from their education nook and run into danger elsewhere.
Less clutter, more focus on studying
Clutter in and around the education nook is distracting. Children start exploring that as soon as they exhaust their focus. Even if they try to focus all their attention on their remote tutor or independent homework, they can still perceive the clutter around them and feel disturbed or agitated.
Minimal spaces, with fewer toys, books, supplies, gadgets, and people, will create a feeling of comfort and order that facilitates concentration and the exploration of the most engaging thing available in that space—the lesson at hand.
Keep school supplies within reach
Not having a pen in school is cumbersome. Not having a pen at home for school is even worse. Make sure your child always has supplies within reach for any subject or exercise they need to do. Otherwise, they can quickly lose interest by wandering around to find what they need. Or, if they’re with a remote tutor or virtual classroom, they can cause disturbances that delay progress.
Supplies often go beyond just pens and notebooks. So, always have a kit ready and ensure that it also includes necessary items like tissue paper or a water bottle. Also, make sure that everything else your child may need during their study time is within their reach, on low shelves or tables fit for their height. By enabling them to reach out for things on their own, children also learn how to become more independent and self-reliant.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when creating a learning environment at home is functionality. Everything from the school supplies kit to the desk and chair need to be well-designed to accommodate the needs of a student who is ready to discover and explore new subjects or passions.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that education at home should be a priority for parents at all times. Especially for parents who want to support their children’s education beyond traditional learning. Creating such a space and spending time in it with your child opens up new possibilities and opportunities. There’s only so much school can cover; a lot of your child’s expansion of knowledge has to be encouraged and empowered at home.