Tips For Creating A Virtual Learning Space

Dated: September 21 2020

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A couple of months ago, we shared tips for designing a home office that meets your needs. With many school-aged children learning virtually, it may be time to readjust once again to make sure the young ones in your home have their own designated spaces for learning. 

We’ve compiled some tips to create a virtual learning space that doesn’t require you to clear out a room or buy new furniture. 

Choose Space(s) Together

Walk around your home together, sizing up areas with an open corner or space that can be decluttered. There’s no need to clear out an entire room - work with the space you have! Talk with your child about what area will be the best place to watch a lesson on Zoom, read a book, or do some math work. 

While the learning space should be as distraction-free as possible, don’t expect your child to sit in the same seat all day long. You may decide that computer work gets done at a desk or the kitchen table, reading assignments from the couch, and math on an area rug. Movement is helpful for any age; just make sure to stick to a routine once you have found the perfect fit!

Find the ‘Just Right’ Size

When sitting for long periods, it’s essential to adjust the desk and chair to the desired height. While you can go out and buy a desk-sized for your child, it’s not completely necessary. 

If sitting at a dining room table or adult desk, you can raise the level of the chair. Another option is to have your child sit on a cushion to prop them up and place a box on the floor for dangling feet. We’ve all felt the effects of being hunched over a computer, and making these adjustments can be extremely helpful. 

Organize, Organize, Organize

Help your child stay organized. Whether in elementary, middle, or high school, there are several subjects, papers, and materials to keep track of. A small bookshelf can be useful to keep books and binders, while a bathroom caddy is perfect for pencils, markers, and other small objects. Help your child get in the habit of organizing these materials at the end of each day. 

Display their Schedule

Most children thrive with a set routine. Display their at-home learning schedule so they know what to expect throughout the day. Include time for breaks, lunch, and movement, and well as meetings with their teacher and subject work. 

Make it Personal

There’s no need to go overboard with DIY projects from Pinterest, but adding a personal touch will help make the learning space more enjoyable. Add in some elements that speak to your child’s interests, like a splash of their favorite color or an interesting piece of art. 

As far as at-home learning goes, organization and routines will go a long way in setting up for success. Use what you have, and adjust as needed!

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Jill K Biggs

Jill Biggs leads the top-producing real estate team in Hudson County, N.J., a booming market located just outside of New York City. With more than a decade of experience serving Hoboken, Jersey City a....

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