Creating a Classroom At HOME
We are living in such unique times, where a large percentage of children in America are all of the sudden being schooled at home. I (Lindsey Turner) feel very fortunate that I have actually been homeschooling my children (ages 8, 11, and 13) for 8 years! I would love to share some tips and tricks with you to help these next couple of months go as smoothly as possible.
If you are homeschooling your children, by choice or not, creating a classroom at home is crucial to their learning. If your children haven’t adjusted to learning from home yet, you want to set yourself up for success. No matter the size of your home, there is an opportunity to create a creative learning space for your kids.
Create a Classroom, Feel Free to Leave It
Have a dedicated space for learning, then, leave it as much as you’d like. Your children will benefit from having a reliable spot where they can access all their books, tools, and supplies. But like all of us know, learning out in the world is such an enriching experience.
First, find a space in your home that works well for homeschooling. Having a dedicated room, such as a spare bedroom or a home office, is wonderful. If you don’t have the extra room, dedicate a space such as the dining room as the classroom. Make sure to keep the area as organized as possible. Set up extra shelving for books and supplies to be stored at the end of the day.
Second, I suggest making this space the starting point for the day, but make sure to offer options to your children. If there is a nature or art lesson for the day and the weather permits, go outside! If the lesson plan requires quiet reading time, suggest a cozy spot for your child to read. Experiential learning is so enjoyable for children, encourage it as much as possible while at home. Even if this space is just temporary, making it feel lived-in and comfortable will encourage your children to enjoy learning at home.
Creating a classroom at home for your children can be difficult. Especially if it was not something you were planning for your family. Take the time to create a space both you and your children enjoy being in. Engage with your children to learn from their lesson plans. Lastly, make an effort to encourage outside learning when possible as well.
If spending more time at home has you reconsidering the layout of your home, call us. We’re open and excited to take on new projects. We’d love to hear from you.