Home Learning Spaces
As we begin the fall term, we are all asked to be flexible. Some of us are back in the classroom. Some of us are learning online. Some of us are moving between classroom and online learning. But whatever modality we are learning in this school year, creating a dedicated learning space in the home is important.
Their space. During the middle-grades learners are developing their sense of style and personality. Engage them in the process of designing their workspace. Give your child a budget to encourage fiscal responsibility and visit your local dollar store to purchase special items to personalize their home learning space.
Limit distractions. Setting aside a specific space for homework should help to limit distractions. Make sure the workspace is set up away from the television and wherever younger siblings may play. Make sure all the supplies needed are available to prevent delays in a house-wide quest for glue sticks, markers, or pencils.
Keep it organized. It is easy, especially if space is limited, for the learning space to become a convenient place to pile everything but the resources that are supposed to be there. Make a point of including tidying the workspace as a daily or weekly chore. Set rewards for tidy streaks. For example, five days of a clean desk at the end of the day earn a sweet treat.
We are all asked to be flexible during this time. But flexibility does not mean we cannot establish routines and develop good work habits. Create a space, even a small space, that you and your child can devote to learning to build those good work habits and routines within the home.