With everything up in the air at the moment due to the pandemic, only one thing is certain: virtual learning is here to stay. Most schools have shifted to online learning to keep students safe, which means that at least some of the onus is placed on the parents and guardians to function as interim teachers for their kids.
It was previously noted, some learning institutions have decided to open their doors for students, while some have decided to stick with distance learning for the time being. For children enrolled in schools that have ongoing online learning programs, the transition to a virtual classroom will be less daunting if the parents helped in creating a productive and peaceful study space.
Here are some tips on how you can optimize your home to make it a more conducive learning environment for your child:
Invest in a screen divider.
Not all homes are spacey enough to have a dedicated learning corner for the children. What’s more, some kids also thrive in large open spaces, while some require a bit more privacy during class time. USA Today suggests that if you can’t provide a room strictly for learning, something as simple as a screen divider within your living or dining room can make a world of the difference. That way, there’s still a distinction between work and play, and your kids will have the privacy they need to focus on their lessons.
Keep the space comfortable.
It’s no secret that comfort and productivity go hand in hand. Research data curated by Spaces 4 Learning reveals that classroom design directly impacts a student’s learning rate, with lighting, temperature, air quality, ownership, flexibility, complexity, and color being the main factors. To help your child be as comfortable as possible when completing their work, you may want to improve air quality in the space by opening the windows or installing a cooling unit.
It would also help to invest in good lighting so as not to impair their visual performance. Additionally, it’s also worth getting items that can help them be more comfortable when learning. Pain-Free Working’s guide to desk accessories details the different types of ergonomic items to consider when designing the learning space. These can range from ergonomic chairs and keyboards, to even a wrist pad. This will reduce the chance of your child experiencing any discomfort, which will hinder their ability to learn.
Give some ownership to your child.
Your child will only thrive if they are happy with the environment they’re operating in. A post on ‘Five Considerations for Creating Learning Spaces at Home’ suggests that having your kid personalize their space with colorful artwork, signs, and decorations, can help make their learning area more comfortable, familiar, and inviting.
Allow them to add pillows, blankets, and even stuffed animals so they can be more at home in the space. If they feel like they have ownership over it, they will likely be more motivated to use it and care for it.
It can be frustrating on your child’s part if they were forced to endure lessons with so much noise. Noise can affect their focus and can adversely impact their memory and overall learning. You should then create a space that is relatively quiet to make it more optimized for learning. If your child enjoys listening to music while working, you can play certain kinds of music, like classical, instrumental, or ambient sounds that don’t contain lyrics.
These are just a few of the important steps you can take as a family to built a productive and peaceful study space for online learning.