If you have decided to homeschool your child you are going to need a good workspace. The more organized the workspace is the better it will be for you and your child.
The room should be structured in a way that will make everything easy to access and learning enjoyable. If you have never set up a classroom environment before, there are some things that you should consider if you want to ensure that the environment is as conducive to learning as possible.
Take a look at these tips for setting up a great learning environment.
Create a Space
While your homeschool class environment does not have to have all the trimming that comes with a regular classroom. You do need to have a comfortable workspace.
Make sure the work area has a flat surface, good lighting, and comfortable seating. These are the basics. It is a good idea to get some storage space as well, so if you can manage it get a filing cabinet to keep things organized.
Ideally, you should be in close proximity to your child at all times. If you also work from home, your home office kiosk should be set up nearby so that your child can still ask questions even when they are doing seated work.
Make cleaning up easy by putting a trash can nearby. This makes it easy for your child to keep their work area as clean as possible.
Go Outside Sometimes
Homeschooling doesn’t have to be entirely about staying indoor. If you have space outside sometimes you can let your child work from there.
A porch, patio, or even a garden table is a good place. Makes sure there are comfortable furniture and enough shelter from the sun available. If you want to get closer to nature you can place a large flat board on the grass and use that as a work surface.
Take books and other supplies outside in a large plastic container or a large basket.
Ask Your Child for Ideas
Your child may have some ideas about what they want in their workspace. This will give you a good idea about what will make them excited to sit in that space daily and learn.
Be open to their ideas and accommodate them as much as is reasonably possible. You should also be open to changing things up as your child’s needs evolve. This will ensure that both you and your child are working in the best environment possible.
Let the Learning Begin
Once you have set up the perfect work environment you are ready for the learning to begin. One of the benefits of homeschooling is that you have a chance to work at your child’s learning level.
Since your lessons are tailored to your child’s needs you may find that one day working inside all day works best. Another day your child may be feeling a bit restless and you can change this up and go outside.
This flexibility is one of the best things about homeschooling and one of the reasons why homeschooling is such a great choice for many families.