As fall begins and school is back in session, it’s clear to see this fall semester will be unlike any other. Learning is sure to look different in our classrooms and in our homes… many of which are now one and the same.
Whether your students are back in the classroom, schooling virtually, or a hybrid of the two, at-home learning spaces have taken on a whole new meaning and significance in our communities. The conversation around how to best optimize at-home learning has become a hot topic across the country. Wondering how you can best create a conducive learning environment for your student (or students) inside of your home? We’re here to help! Rather than getting lost among endless articles and lists from across the internet, we’ve created a short list of tips and ideas just for our Oakland Park residents… all aimed at helping you create an educational space that is appealing and functional.
Carve out space for schoolwork based on your child’s age and learning style.
“The younger your child is, the more you’ll want their study space to be in a central location. Some older kids also thrive best in environments with plenty of people around them, such as a library, so consider sharing your work-from-home space. Other children, particularly older ones, may want more privacy, especially if they’re frequently in video classes and your presence is distracting. You can create a dedicated, semi-private study area by partitioning off part of your living room or dining room with a privacy screen, curtains hung from the ceiling, a tall plant, or an open bookcase. This will create a sense of individual territory. [Source: New York Times]
Be Intentional About Color.
“Color can have a profound impact on the human mind. And while every child is different, certain colors can help inspire and motivate us. In general, younger children thrive in bright, stimulating colors. For example, orange is a warm, inviting color that can help enhance productivity. Green, on the other hand, which is a cool color, can have a calming effect and aid in concentration. Consider painting the walls or furniture one of these colors to help spark your children’s motivation and curiosity.” [Source: FamilyEducation.com]
Let in the Light.
“The most effective learning spaces are those that are well-lit. Natural light and other sources of blue light are shown to increase productivity, alertness, and focus in children. In fact, a study of 21,000 U.S. elementary students found that kids who were exposed to more sunlight during the school day saw 26 percent higher reading outcomes and 20 percent higher math outcomes than children in less sunny rooms. If you can, position your child’s workplace near a sunny window or in a room that gets plenty of natural light. If your home or space lacks natural light, blue-enriched LED lightbulbs are also effective.” [Source: Medium.com]
Consider Multiple Work Zones.
“Many experts recommend having different spots for learning in your home— a desk for focused work, the dining table for projects, and a quiet nook for reading. Like adults, kids fare better if they take breaks, switch positions, and have a change of scenery now and then. Studies show that learning in various locations enhances a student’s ability to take in and remember information.” [Source: Parents.com]
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