School may look different this coming year, but with an at-home learning space and some organizational tools, your children can succeed!
You may have never pictured yourself teaching your children at home, but now that the re-opening of schools is uncertain, you may have started thinking about creating an at-home learning space.
As a former early childhood and elementary school teacher, I have some DIY tips and organizational tools to share with you! It’s easy to put together a learning space that works for you and your family.
The first thing to do is to find a space in your home that you feel comfortable dedicating to “all things school.” In our home we utilize a space right off of the kitchen. The counter space holds my teaching necessities like file folders, printer, and sorted crayons. Think of what school supplies apply to your child and grade level. What are the most used items for their work? Keep those items readily available.
Storage Storage Storage
Labeling your storage bins can be extremely helpful for you and your child. I have to admit that labeling is just second nature to an early childhood educator. We LOVE to label things! But it helps so much when you need to grab that next activity fast or you need to clean up quickly. It also leads to teaching your little one self-sufficiency.
I found these labels for free printing on Pinterest.
An over-the-door shoe storage has been my favorite part of my home classroom. If you have access to a nearby closet, I highly recommend using a shoe organizer to store even more supplies. The clear cubbies add even more accessibility to your daily school routine.
I used soup cans to create pencil and marker holders. If you have more than one child, having more than one set of supplies can be very helpful.
After I washed out and dried the can, I used hot glue and applied a small ribbon of glue over the rough inside edge for safety. I then spray painted the cans to add a more appealing look. My empty spice rack came in handy to hold small arts and craft supplies.
Create a space that feels natural to you!
What works for me and my littles may not work for you or your family.
And that’s okay!
The best advice I can give to you is to find a consistent place for your child to study. It can look more traditional, or it can be your kitchen table. It needs to feel good.
Once you have found that happy place for learning, try leading activities. This may work best for younger children. In the mornings I place a tray out with an activity or skill that we are working on.
Follow me on Instagram @roxybarry for ideas and activities! You will soon find that your child will look forward to seeing what’s new with little to no prompting. It’s super fun to watch!
Last but not Least
Saving your child’s work.
I am not sure how much work will be required for online learning, but if you have children who create copious amounts of tangible work, displaying them is a wonderful sight!
I use string and clothespins to hang up paintings, drawings, and writings. Hanging the work at eye level for the student creates so much magic. They enjoy looking at their masterpieces.
Take a deep breath. Use this information as a guide. Tweak, change, and use what you can to create that at-home learning space that works for you and your child.
And have fun!
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