With the new reality of distance learning for children, it’s even more important to carve out space for them to do their work. Our colleague, Educational Coach, Lorina Daves Tornai reminds us that parents are scrambling to create more permanent schoolwork spaces at home…and fast! School is starting early!
Here are some parameters to follow when making space for homeschooling.
Create a dedicated work space
- Try not to depend on a common-use table like the dining room table
- Identify a location that is in a public area of your home. Children need supervision–especially when they are accessing the internet
- Set against a wall with a stationery chair (rolling chairs turn into toys!)
- Ideally long enough so an adult can sit with them to help when needed
- A 2’ x 4’ folding table can be ideal, multiple tables can be put together for large projects
- Small wooden desks are too limiting and kids outgrow them
Create space for basic supplies nearby
A rolling drawer unit works well to hold pencils, markers, scissors, scotch tape, paper.
Magazine Files work really well for managing handouts and work in progress so paper doesn’t end up in stacks on the desk.
You can enhance your child’s learning and attention by removing distractions. In the process, you’ll simplify your surroundings and make tidying easier for all.In addition, creating a intentionally designed schoolwork space helps both the parent and the child take learning seriously, supporting a lifelong habit of organization and growth.
If you need help reimagining your home and the potential it might have for multiple workspaces, consult an organizer. We tend to think out-of-the-box!