The ABC’s of Creating Productive & Styling Distance Learning Spaces
There are dishes to do. Laundry to fold. Not to mention the boss is calling. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, it’s also time to teach the kiddos.
These days the home is the hub for all things, and now, back-to-school distance learning has many parents and families feeling like they are barely getting a passing grade.
While it is a stressful time, here are some tips to support a better and more productive distance learning space — and experience — so your kids can school in style.
Location, Location, Location
A first, big key for setting up a home student center is determining where to put it. Importantly, think about where your student is going to be most productive and where big distractions can be limited. For many, this may simply be the kitchen table, or finding a corner space of a room.
Another natural option is your child’s bedroom. There, get creative by planning out a “corner office” space to keep your child excited and engaged. A bedroom is a great spot to feature cool desks that fit to the scale of the room, or even fold up against a wall to save space.
Other distance learning space options to think about are underused areas in the home — a spare room, hideaway, large walk-in closets and even hallways or landings can be used in a flexible way to move desks and chairs in-and-out once the school day is done.
Of course, don’t be afraid to try out a few places for your student during the year to find their best learning habitat.
Reading, Writing & Decorating
When it comes to setting up the distance learning desk, it’s a smart move to have your student involved to customize and make it their own. Students can make and decorate small cardboard “walls” to surround their kitchen table desk to create their own “cubicle” to help deter distractions and take ownership of their special space.
When using a desk or small table, think of how to make it an office-like station. Include supplies like a whiteboard, small chalkboard or corkboard to give students both an organizing tool and a creative outlet, plus a nice wall accessory. And, think of color pops through the form of a unique (but comfy) chair or other necessary accessories like fun-shaped lamps.
Decluttering and organizing are also important, and kids can have fun with this as well through creating their own customized, clay-made pencil holders, plus baskets or colorful buckets as another personalized touch and important homework filing system.
When your child has control over the look and feel of their distance learning space, they will be more willing to spend time there and be ready to learn.
Raise Your Hand for a Book Nook
Add variety to your learning-at-home spaces by carving out a book nook space for your youngster to hideaway to read or refresh with creative projects. This can be as simple as designating a corner in a bedroom. Add bean bags and stuffed animals to create a comforting escape in your child’s auxiliary office space.
We would love to hear how you are decorating and designing your students’ desks — and here’s to a great school year!