Five tips for creating the best home learning environment
TUCSON, Arizona – The alarms will be set later and the classic phrase, “You’re gonna be late for school!” Will probably not be as pronounced this year, but that doesn’t mean families should lose their structure on school mornings.
Keep up the routine!
âIf you are if you normally drop your child off at nine o’clock and wake them up at 7:30 am to start getting ready, start waking up with a normal routine. Routines are very important,â says Intermediate Librarian Gallego, Jessica Ross.
Next, create a space for your little one so that toys, video games, and other distractions aren’t in the foreground.
âWhen you have a separate learning space, there’s this compartmentalization that you’re not at home, you’re relaxed, you’re now in school or you’re at work, so they can separate the two. Ross explains. “And then when they leave that home learning space, they go back into home mode.”
Create a physical space!
Chances are you won’t have a bunch of empty extra bedrooms, so how do you make the most of the space you have?
âOne of the things I saw one of my students do is you know about these three-sided science panels, just to help with the distractions,â says Ross. âThey set up the science council in front of them. And on the one hand, it was their schedule in a section, they put little to do. Things about how to access their classrooms Google Meet and all the codes, how to return homework and verify that they have it so it’s almost a small organization, just like a mini-office. “
Equipment at your fingertips!
It’s not just about physical space. Make sure pencils, books, and everything essential for the school day are on hand.
âThe material they need is nearby. So they’re not looking around the house for backpacks or things that are bad or older for them, so the supplies are there at hand, âsays Ross.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!
Ross says to keep a water bottle next to the kids all day.
It’s a whole new ball game for many of us. And since parents are much more involved in their child’s school career, now is a good time to make sure they are prepared to succeed as much as possible.