As strange as things might be this year, it is still the traditional back to school season for kids. Some children may be physically going back full time, but many will be a part of part-time or even completely virtual classrooms for the first time. That can be a challenge, for parents, for kids, for teachers and everyone involved. But setting up a great work space in your kids room can give them somewhere comfortable to focus, learn, and adapt to this new normal.
The first thing that you will want to do is set aside a special place for them to do their work and take their online classes. This can be like a little school in their room, and can even be sectioned off with a curtain wall to make it feel separate and special. Decorate colorfully with educational and inspirational posters, books, and novelty learning toys.
The desk is the central furnishing in any home virtual learning space. You’ll want to choose one that’s sturdy, and made specifically for children so it is sized to their smaller size. A desk with drawers is great for storing pens, markers, and other materials. If you are short on space, you can also purchase loft beds that have desks designed directly into them under the sleeping area. You can finish things off with a funky frame for their monitor or a cool stand to hold their tablet.
It may be hard for kids to pay attention when virtual learning, so you’ll want to try and supplement their classes with as much reading as possible. To encourage this, purchase a fun bookshelf, and then decorate it with stickers or pictures. You can also make sure that they have comfy reading chairs, and maybe even a little reading nook set up in their bedroom.
Virtual learning is something new, different, and in many ways difficult. It’s a challenge to ensure that your kids are properly engaged and enthusiastic about learning. By creating a little home classroom of their very own you can engage their imaginations and make the act of school something special.