Ideas for Transforming Your At-Home Learning Space
You don't have to have an extra room to dedicate to homeschooling, but creating an inviting environment for learning will inspire your learning to establish a place for achievement and adventure.
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If you need motivation to energize your education space, take a look at these aspects of your designated learning area and breathe life back into them. Imagine the feeling of walking in to your bedroom to go to sleep at night. If there was a coffee table on your side, you wouldn’t be able to carry out your task of sleeping. Apply this when designing a functional space for your child to dive into their academic journey.
Allocate a Table or Desk Area
Establishing a physical work space is the first step to creating an area for your child to grow and experience each lesson. Include assigned spaces for learning materials on or under this space for quick access to pencils, paper, scissors, and other essential tools. I love this hideaway desk and it is very functional for smaller rooms, like I have. It conveniently tucks away and has a chalkboard!
Excess Storage for Resources and Materials
Nearby, organize storage for all extra materials and resources. In a closet, I keep bins with extra writing utensils, colorful paper, tape, magnetic letters, math manipulatives, and more. These items won’t be utilized daily, but it is important to talk with your learner about all of the materials available for learning and where each of them is stored.
Designated Showcase Space
Show off what your learner has been working on! Assign some wall space or a bulletin board to pin important pieces of learning and what your child has accomplished. This gives ownership to comprehending new ideas and displays the amazing progress your learner has made. In addition, work and reminders that are exhibited serve as a review tool for reinforcing concepts and deepening mastery.
Organized Lesson Materials
Not only does your learner need to feel prepared and focused during their school time, but you should also feel the same composure. Identify a system that best serves your planning process. Compile the resources and materials you will use for that day and assign a space for them prior to beginning the lessons, including guides, schedules, books, crayons, etc. This will become a habit that not only sets an example for your child, but also cancels the possibility of wasting learning time by searching for an item you need to complete a lesson.
If this supports your teaching, consider taking a step further an gathering resources for every instructional day of the week. I love these simple clear hanging organizers for organizing our home education space. Prior to the week beginning, sort all necessary materials and tools correlating to each lesson and nix the anxiety of forgetting something. This leaves plenty of time during the week to complete your list of must haves and gather any missing parts.