COVID-19 has put families on edge this school year. Many parents are finding themselves juggling their schedules as school districts adjust and readjust their reopening plans based on current spikes of the virus. Whether a school’s plans are hybrid classes or all virtual, many parents are finding themselves faced with the challenge of helping their children school from home. And if you had a taste of schooling at home last year—or heard from parents who did—you may be losing a little sleep wondering how you’re going to keep your kids on track.
Our advice? Start by creating the best at home learning space.
Although active learning can happen anywhere, we recommend creating a dedicated learning space. Sitting at the kitchen table might be fine for regular homework, but for school at home, it’s a recipe for disaster. The main goal for the space you create for school at home is to keep students engaged and organized so they can complete and manage their assignments in one dedicated area.
4 Quick Tips for creating the best at home learning space.
1. Select a space that has natural light or provide good lighting. Plenty of natural sunlight is a great mood booster and keeps kids energized and productive. If your space doesn’t have a good source of natural light, you can select lighting that provides the many of the same benefits as natural light. Choose a bulb in the brighter, cooler white to natural daylight range of 4000K (degrees Kelvin) to 6500K.* Fun and functional light fixtures can add personality and productivity to your child’s space.
Our research indicates 90% of students believe online learning is better than traditional classroom experience. Distance learning has been shown to increase knowledge retention by 25% to 60%.
2. Create a Zen reflection space to provide quiet time for reading or meditating. What parent doesn’t love to see their child quietly engaged in reading? (Ahh…the silence.) Creating a Zen reflection space can be as simple as rolling out a soft carpet where your kids can sprawl for reading time. The key is designating a space they associate with relaxation.
3. Include a creative learning space. The ability to be creative can nurture a child’s emotional health. This space should be easy to clean and open so it can encourage various forms of expression from art work creations to building with Legos. Adding organizing bins or shelves will help keep this space tidy.
4. Multiple kids? Multiple spaces. We all like our space. If you have multiple children at home, consider allocating a small school at home space they can call their own. It can be as simple as a small desk or table for each child.
Don’t let another school year go by without equipping your child with the tools that they need to succeed. Maraye Design Studio is now offering School from Home packages that can help your student with all of their needs. Please visit our site at https://maraye.com/