Like MANY other things, the start of school looks a little different this year.
The McCurry family has four young D181/86 learners at home – so, I can assure you, we are all in this together.
Faced with the prospect of transforming the bonus room in our home into “Learning-Central”, we took a look at how other families are transforming their homes to accommodate remote learning.
Here are some tips we’ve found most useful in our own planning:
Plan for form and function – style is secondary. We all want a beautiful home. But a word to the wise: when your home is doing double-duty as a school, there are going to be corners of the house that aren’t Pinterest-worthy. And that’s OK! As parents, our mission is to create a space that will serve our children as they embark on their next learning adventure…even if it doesn’t match the beautifully-designed living room décor.
Have a space for learning…and space for breaks. Children often have different learning styles. By learning at home, they actually have a unique opportunity to move about their day and their studies in a way that’s customized to them. For instance, have a learner who becomes restless sitting in a classroom all day? Consider a separate area of the room, not designated for learning and schoolwork, but instead designed to allow for physical movement your child enjoys. Jump rope, exercise ball, yoga mat, mini-golf set-up, free weights…something that your child can utilize during breaks from schoolwork to reset.
Tell us: how are you creating at-home learning spaces for your children who are starting this school year remotely? Share your photos and tips with us on social by using the hashtag #LearnWhereYouLive