How do I create an optimal home learning environment?
An optimized home learning space allows for better concentration, organization, and consistency. It allows children to see education as a priority and helps promote independence.
An optimal space is:
Dedicated to learning, with distractions as limited as possible
Equipped for learning
One with flexible seating
Safe and prepared for unsupervised time
When finding or choosing the learning space, think about your child(ren): Are they independent enough to work in a room alone or do they need supervision? Let this answer guide where you put your home learning space. Wherever the space, modifying it to decrease distractions—for example, by making sure TVs are off and phones aren’t nearby—will facilitate learning.
To equip the space for learning, make learning supplies, tools, and information easy to access: on the walls, in nearby drawers or baskets, or on a shelf.
Examples of flexible seating options include: table and chair, a soft cozy pillow or couch for reading, a standing desk, or a bouncing ball for a chair.
If your children are younger, preparing in advance for when you need to step away or take a call will make things easier. Two ways to do this are to make sure the space is safe without supervision and to keep a box easily accessible but out of sight, containing a toy, game, puzzle, or other supplies to occupy your child when you have to take care of something else.