Many of us have kids who are now in remote learning mode, and a homeschool set up is a code red. If you’re like me, then you cruised on over to Ikea’s site only to discover every desk and chair was sold out, the soonest delivery is over a month away! So if you can even find a elementary size desk and chair I’ll call that a win. Of course many of us don’t have a true dedicated space for a homeschool distance learning set-up…we’re struggling to make desk space, clear half a room or a corner, organize it so it’s conducive to learning and do it all under a budget (aren’t we all hoping it’ll be short term??!). Well, depending where you live you may be really temporary, or if you’re like me you’re preparing for the entire year (yeah, LA Moms…the UTLA is not going to send teachers back this year…now let’s hope I’m wrong and ya’ll can rub my wrongness in my face one day soon!). So, onto the fun stuff, how to set-up, decorate and organize your space for remote learning homeschooling!
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Start with a calendar to help keep your child’s remote learning on track daily.
Get a large paper monthly calendar or a dry erase monthly calendar for your homeschool space. Seeing the days, weeks and month helps kids get organized by knowing which day it is, when the weekend will be here, when there are holidays to look forward to, track daily zoom times and when projects are due.
If you get one thing for your homeschool set-up, a calendar is it!
Updating the dry erase calendar monthly can be an activity, but it is work for YOU…so if you’re going for the easiest, then go for paper for your homeschool set-up! Note: The bulletin board classroom style calendars look adorable…but they are intended to be used inside a plastic pocket or be laminated and trust me, it’s not meant for home remote learning space design/use.
Add a educational decor element to make your home classroom feel more like school.
Add some academic references to your homeschool learning space – for little kids it might mean alphabets and number lines and for older kids periodic tables or world maps. There are lots of options and you can find one that fits your overall home decor.
Add some positive thinking to your homeschool set-up!
School is different this year, and our kids’ attitudes will make a huge difference in this experience, so consider adding some motivational posters to your child’s desk area. Kids can practice saying these out loud as daily affirmations! Again, there are so many options you can choose some that coordinate with your space.
For small spaces, a rolling cart offers a lot of real estate and can be easily stashed under the desk or in a closet. For older kids, a nice desk caddy works great.
Teach little kids to be organized in their school workspace!
Help little kids be more independent by keeping all their supplies in clear view – so when zoom teachers says “you need your cubes, white paper and markers” these items are all easy for your young child to gather him/herself.
This is also true of a child’s workspace!
There are many benefits to having an organized space for children to complete schoolwork:
Organization is an important life skill. Children who complete their schoolwork in a systematic way will be able to more independently keep track of their educational activities. No only does this benefit a parent overseeing remote learning, but children become more efficient and don’t waste time and energy on tasks that don’t benefit their education. Keep desk spaces clean and clear!
Establishing a routine
When children are able to organize their space and time at home so they have dedicated slots for homework and leisure time, they require less effort from parents to get their work completed. Use a calendar in their homeschool desk area to help them manage their time.
When children are able to better manage their zoom and schoolwork requirements to meet deadlines, a growing sense of independence develops which reverberates into other areas of their life.
Organizing children’s work spaces, supplies and completed work helps children to develop time management skills. These skills enable children to better prioritize tasks – both in and out of school – as well as helps them to manage the duration of each activity they need to complete.
Accessing the Right Tools
Organizing school supplies so they are easily accessible will mean that children can access the resources as they need them. As many schools now have entirely online remote learning, children need to quickly have all their workbooks, art supplies and other school issued materials at their fingertips. Children who can easily pull out needed materials won’t waste time, and don’t miss the beginning of the instruction having to search and dig for missing materials. Help little kids keep all their workbooks, art supplies and other school zoom required materials organized.
Children who are well organized will often have invested more time and energy into their projects. An increase in effort can lead to an increase pride of ownership, which can help boost effort invested in a variety of school subjects.
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