Almost every parent with a school-going child has, at this point, had a taste of online learning. With the experience gathered so far, you no doubt have a few ideas of improvements you could make so that your child has an easier time studying at home. If you want to make some changes to the space so it becomes more conducive to online learning but don't know where to start, have a look at the five ideas below.
Set Up an Area for Online Learning
Rather than have your children study from their bed today and on the couch in the living room tomorrow, set up an area that will expressly be used for online learning. Find a space, no matter how small, as long as it can fit their desk and chair, and set it up as their online classroom area. Children learn fast, and soon, your child will adapt to learning effectively from this designated area. If you're one of the 55% of parents who believe that online learning is conducive to the learning style of their child, make the effort to create a great space for them to thrive.
Create a Reading Nook
A reading nook for your child does not need to be too fancy. You can utilize the space under the stairs or a rarely-used corner of the house to create a learning nook for your child. Get a small bookshelf and some comfortable seating; then, add a soft light that won't make them strain their eyes if there's no natural light. Make it a habit to read regularly, and your child will soon enjoy spending extra time reading a book, something that will help them prosper in their studies.
Allow Your Child to Work On the Back Deck or Patio
Children that enjoy the outdoors may enjoy the chance to be productive by doing their schoolwork outside. If you don't have an outdoor living space, you could add one, seeing as it can potentially increase the value of your property by 8-12%. The benefits of this include plenty of natural lighting and lack of distractions like a TV in the background if you have a full house while online learning is in session, for instance. A comfortable desk and chair will be enough to make an outdoor schoolwork station, as long as the weather permits.
Eliminate Distractions & Set Boundaries
To give your child an easy time while they learn online, eliminate any distractions around them. These include having a television turned on while school is in session and setting their study area up in a place where they will experience a lot of traffic from other people in the house. Set boundaries as well so that your child knows they should not be on their mobile device while learning, for instance. Doing this will make it easier for them to concentrate on their studies and become used to online learning.
Keep Safety In Mind
Last but not least, make sure that your child is in a safe environment. Don't have them studying in the kitchen or somewhere with the risk of heat and electrical issues. With 10% of the home fires that occur in the United States being electrical fires, make sure that your child has a safe area to attend their online classes whether you or a caregiver is around.
Success in school can set someone up for a bright future in which they can pursue their dreams. With things in a state of change, it's important to help your child adjust so that they have an easier time thriving in their studies.