3 Tips for Keeping your Children Organized While Learning from Home
As the long summer days filled with sunshine and, well, a lot of time at home come to an end, we start to move into the fall where many parents and caregivers are facing a new challenge: teaching their children from home. The pandemic has had such a large and seemingly everlasting impact on our lives, so much so that the vast majority of children are unable to safely go back to the classroom for the upcoming school year. Unfortunately, most parents are not equipped with teaching credentials, leaving them with the question of how they will ensure the quality of their kids’ education from home. Here at Tidy Spaces, we are not teachers so we can’t tell you the right way to educate your children, but we do know a thing or two about organization! We believe with proper planning and organizing you will be on the path to success. So parents, this one is for you. Keep reading for our 3 tips to help your kids stay organized while learning from home!
1. Create a designated learning space
Creating an environment that is conducive to your child’s learning is crucial to their success. Since many of us do not have the means to convert an entire room in our homes into a full functioning classroom, we must make do with what we have. At home there are far more distractions than in a classroom, so having a designated space in your home for learning will aid in your child’s separation between school and leisure time. Incorporating a white board or something temporary, like removable blackboard wallpaper into their learning space can help simulate a classroom environment while providing a fun space for writing homework to-do lists, notes, or drawings. Not to mention, it will help your kids get actively involved in their learning and promote their creativity!
2. Keep learning materials organized
Whether you’re homeschooling or taking your kids to school, school supplies are always a staple. Most years, parents send their children off to school with brand new backpacks filled with fresh notebooks, binders, pens, and pencils, never to be seen again as they get lost in a sea of lockers and hallways. Our homes are not schools; it would be off-putting to see used pencils lying around the kitchen or living room floor. This is the perfect opportunity to teach your children some organization skills. Having a space for storing important materials each day will help them keep track of their supplies while keeping your home tidy and organized.
3. Shop smart and invest in some multi-purpose home classroom items
The pandemic has left many Americans in a bad way with their finances, so the word ‘investing’ might sound ridiculous. But, fortunately, there many affordable options on websites like Amazon, Target, and Walmart.For example, instead of purchasing desks and chairs that will only be used for homeschooling, try something like this adjustable laptop desk. For just under $50, your student will have a workstation in any room in your home and once learning from home is over, you can use this for your home office or for comfortably online shopping on your couch. When making these purchases, consider the longevity of the product and its other potential future uses.
Lastly, don’t let the idea of homeschooling intimidate you. As a parent or caregiver, you are capable of anything! Try to look at the silver lining; this is a unique opportunity for you to spend more time with your family, while helping your children develop both academically and personally. Our children are getting a chance to learn how to be flexible, adaptable, and organized — all important skills for their future success. And don’t forget, the Tidy Spaces team is always available to help you get your space organized, so request a consultation today! Stay healthy and have a wonderful school year!
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Written by Sydney Goodrich