Learning shouldn’t be limited to school classrooms. It can happen anywhere – even in your own home. But creating an at-home learning space isn’t as simple as plunking down a desk in the corner of a room. Being thoughtful about creating the right environment for your child is what will invite the spirit of learning into your home.
School classrooms are colorful and engaging. You can bring similar elements into your at-home learning space. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. The only thing you need is a bit of creativity. Here are some factors to keep in mind as you get started:
1. Designate a space as the learning area – You may not be able to set aside an entire room, but you can make sure there’s consistency in where your kids work. The most important thing is getting into a routine and establishing where the learning happens.
2. Consider your child’s needs – You could create a Pinterest-perfect space … that’s completely wrong for your child. To create an environment your child will love, think about his or her personality and learning style. For example, it’s best to avoid a busier, higher traffic area of your home when considering a space for a child who prefers quiet and privacy.
3. Minimize clutter – Keep things in order by utilizing bookshelves, cabinets and bins. If you’re short on space, you might also consider using multi-purpose furniture. For example, an ottoman that doubles as a storage unit.
4. Make it comfortable – Comfort matters and makes a big difference in how well kids focus on tasks. In addition to a desk or table and chairs, you might consider having a cozy place to lounge and read, such as a beanbag chair by a window.Learning shouldn’t be limited to school classrooms. It can happen anywhere – even in your own home. But creating an at-home learning space isn’t as simple as plunking down a desk in the corner of a room. Being thoughtful about creating the right environment for your child is what will invite the spirit of learning into your home.
5. Add visual interest – Many kids are visual learners. Give them something to look at by placing artwork, clocks, calendars, maps, diagrams, posters and other learning objects around the space.
6. Keep it well lit – It’s difficult to learn if you’re constantly squinting at things. Natural lighting is best but if it’s in short supply, place lamps or other light fixtures around the space.
7. Stock your shelves with books – Reading sparks your child’s imagination and curiosity, which is good for learning! Keep an assortment of books on your shelves for your child to read and explore new interests.
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