• Mandi Franklin, CPNP

Are You Ready for Virtual Learning? Preparing Your Home for the Upcoming School Year during COVID-19


Remote learning is something most families with children will need to get used to for the upcoming school year.


There will be challenges- from poor internet connection, problems focusing while at home, unnecessary parent versus child bickering, and of course the lack of human contact.


Before the school year starts, set up the perfect space for your kids in order to promote a positive learning environment. Check out a few tips below:


1. De-clutter! 1-2 weeks prior to school starting, de-clutter your space. Recycle or donate things you no longer need, put away all of the potential distractions, and make sure the learning area is clean.


2. Have a separate learning area. It does not necessarily have to be a large space or even a separate room, but it is essential for kids to have a designated "classroom" space. Doing work in bed or even in the bedroom can lead to numerous distractions. This lap desk/chair is compact and great for young ones! For older kids or if you have multiple children at home, check out this foldable privacy screen.


3. Spruce up the space. Organization is key to having a successful remote learning space. Re-use old bins or even cardboard boxes to organize all of his/her supplies including pens, pencils, notebooks etc. If you are in the market for new organizers, check out this one and this one from Amazon.


4. Comfort. Make sure your child's workspace is comfortable. After all, they will be in this space for hours each day. For children with a history of ADHD, check out this wobble/stability chair.


5. Have a good calendar and schedule on display. A detailed and concise calendar and schedule are important in order to hold your child accountable for his or her school work and assignments.


6. Display artwork and good grades proudly. Hang up drawings, paintings, and assignments in his/her learning space. A positive and encouraging environment is necessary!


7. Proper lighting. Ensure there is plenty of natural sunlight when possible. If it’s a cloudy day, have lamps to provide adequate light to keep the learning area bright.


8. Combat external noise. Some kids work better in complete silence, while others might like soft music in the background. If your child needs to drown out external noises (also known as siblings), try these noise-canceling headphones.


9. Set up an outside space if possible. If you have a backyard or a patio, take time throughout the day for breaks or a change of scenery. Have lunch picnic-style or reading hour under a tree!


10. Make the best of it. This is a learning curve for ALL of us. You will find out quickly what works and what does not work for you and your family. Adapt accordingly and make the best of it! You got this!!


Until next time,

Mandi

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