Your children’s learning environment is critical to their education. Everything from proper seating to
what's on the walls can impact your children's learning. Check out these tips to take your home learning
environment to the next level.
Set Aside a Learning Space
When you’re homeschooling, the classwork can really be done wherever your children want; but it helps to set boundaries. Instead of teaching your children in the bedroom or at the kitchen table, create an area that’s dedicated to learning – whether that’s in an extra bedroom or a corner of the living room. While you’ll still be free to move around the house, this dedicated area can serve as a quiet space for focusing on lessons and homework. This will also help to create a distinction between “home” and “school” in your children’s minds.
Hang Helpful Charts and Images
Walk into any public school classroom, and you’ll see the walls filled with charts and images that help
students remember important concepts. You can apply this same strategy at home by hanging helpful
images around your children’s learning space.
If your children are learning about the writing process, hang a that outlines this process, so that it’s easier to remember in the future. If your children are learning to read an analog clock, include a fun
chart around your clock to help them learn how to read time.
Set Up Stations
Section off your classroom based on different learning categories to make switching from subject to
subject easier throughout the day. Here are just some examples:
- Working station: Set up a table and chairs where your children can sit and work on their
homework. Include a chair across the table where you can sit to give one-on- one guidance.
- Reading station: Create an area for independent reading, using bean bag chairs or a built-in
reading nook. Include a bookshelf nearby where your children can store their books.
- Art station: Do you ever take creative breaks during your day? Use an area of your classroom to display the art your children made so that they can be proud of their accomplishments.
- Teacher’s station: Is there anything you’d like to keep for yourself, such as answer books and
completed worksheets? Stay on top of your game with an area that’s just for you – the teacher.
- Storage station: Consider installing a shelf or cubby area in the classroom, where you can store learning materials like flash cards and art supplies. This will help you keep your classroom organized.
- Play station: Moving around during the day can help your kids burn off energy and stay more productive during learning time. Use an area of your classroom for play and movement. You might include a mini exercise trampoline that your kids can play on while reading stories or during a break.
Remember: these are only suggestions. Feel free to mix things up and add more stations as necessary.
Let Your Children Help Decorate
To create a room your children will truly love, give them a say in how to decorate it. What colors do they
want on the walls? What kinds of area rugs do they like? Would they prefer a reading nook or bean bag
chairs in their reading station? Would they rather have individual desks, or do all the kids want to work
together at the same table?
Although you’ll still have the final say in what makes it into the classroom, letting your kids make
suggestions can help them feel more comfortable—and invested – in their learning environment.