With so many things up in the air regarding kids going back to school in the fall, many families are trying to figure out how they can do more education at home. To make this type of education effective, you’ve got to help your child differentiate between playing at home and working at home. One way you can do this is to create an at-home study space. Even if your kids don’t end up doing at-home learning in this space, it can always be used for homework or other projects.
To help you create the perfect atmosphere for learning at home, here are three tips for designing an at-home study space for your child.
Take Age Into Consideration
Before you start bringing in desks and making cubicle spaces, you first need to consider the age of your child and what’s going to be best for blocking out distractions at that age.
According to Jennifer Kelly Geddes, a contributor to This Old House, young children really do better when they work in public spaces so they can get the help and support they need. But for older children, creating a space where they won’t be easily distracted by things will make it easier for them to complete their work. Ideally, you should try to face your older child so they’re not looking out a window or directly facing a doorway while they complete their school work at home.
Use Their Closet
In many homes, there simply isn’t a lot of space to work with in order to create an at-home school area.
One option you might want to consider, according to Kitty Lascurian, a contributor to The Spruce, is to convert a bedroom closet into a small cubby for them to do their work. If you have a kids room or other area where you can empty out their closet into, this could be a great way to give them a designated work space that doesn’t actually take up a lot of square footage in your home.
Keep Things Organized
The only way you and your children will survive doing school at home is if you’re both able to stay organized. Otherwise, the amount of work and supplies can easily become overwhelming.
To help you with this, Cynthia Bowman, a contributor to Freshome.com, advises that you set up some shelves, empty out cupboards, put together cubbies, and hang up boards or baskets to help keep things contained and easier to be found during school hours. This will also make it easier to put things away once school hours are over.
If your child needs an at-home study space to get their schoolwork done, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you create the perfect atmosphere for this.