Parents who homeschool their children or who have children with IEPs and 504 Plans were ahead of the game when the pandemic hit. We have already dealt with setting up workspaces in our homes for our children to learn. If you and your kids are still struggling with distance learning, however, we have some tidbits of wisdom to impart that may help.
Determine What Their Needs Are
First off, you want to make a list of what your kid is going to need. What is their grade level? What is their curriculum? At what age are they? Will they need a printer? Will they be practicing their handwriting on paper? Will they be printing out worksheets? Do they need construction paper, arts and craft supplies? Will they be reading actual books or using an e-reader? An elementary school child won’t need a full-size desk to work at – they will need a desk that mimics the one they would have in their school classroom.
For your middle and high school kids, electronics are going to be a must. While they may try to use their smartphones for school, your kids are really going to need a good computer to help them handle the workload that will be done remotely. I love this particular computer – check out that space-saving design!
Lenovo has some pretty awesome computer deals for almost any kind of computer you could need. Our local school district offers iPads, Chromebooks, and laptops to our students depending on their grade level. If your school does not supply a device, then Lenovo will be able to assist you with their amazing selection of products.
What Supplies Do They Need?
One of the key elements to be mindful of when setting up a distance-learning space is that you want to ensure that you have everything your child will possibly need during their school day within easy reach. Why? Because those little buggers will find any reason at all to leave their seats to go ‘find’ something and take an hour to do it.
You can find some truly wonderful ideas here: 11 Homeschool Room Ideas That Every Kid Will Want to Learn In
Knowing what they will need is half the battle because once you know what they will need, then you’ll know what kind of space you will need to set up a designated distance-learning space for their education.
Knowing this ahead of time will help you figure out what kind of desk, chair, storage, computer, and other accessories you might need.
If you don’t have the room to set aside a designated area for distance-learning, we can help with that too! For most of their school years, my kids grew up in an apartment with less than 990 square feet for our entire home. A wall-mounted desk is an excellent way to give them the space they need for their computer and supplies.
If you have more than one child who is distance-learning, then another option to look at is a dual desk setup like this:
For children in middle and high school, computers are a must – as are computer desks. While they may be side-by-side, you can still keep distractions to a minimum by utilizing headphones.
Look to Your Home School for Resources
While we are all still learning how to navigate distance-learning – both schools and parents – your home school website is a great place to start.
Our home school offers a variety of services and information on their website, as I am sure most other school websites do. If you cannot find an answer to your question there, a quick email to your child’s teacher should be able to answer your question or direct you to where you can find the answer.
There are many more ideas on the web you can check out simply by searching “setting up a distance-learning space” in Google. We hope that the tips we have offered you will get you started in the right direction. Just remember – your kids are unique, so keep their likes and dislikes in mind when setting up space for them.