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Setting up the perfect space for your child's virtual learning

Many companies try to design great workspaces for their employees — clean, spacious areas where productive work is encouraged. So why wouldn’t you do the same for your school-aged child when it comes to setting up a place for virtual learning?

Whether you carve out a nook in his or her bedroom, empty a closet in the hallway and fashion a cozy desktop or establish a place in the kitchen, an organized, comfortable space can help kids work more efficiently, education experts, say. This means your child won't have to waste time hunting for supplies or shuffling things around to find a place to work, encouraging good study habits and establishing an academic work ethic.

Most elementary school kids will do better if their desks are facing away from a window or door, even though they may prefer otherwise. The place you choose for a desk or small table should be one that gets good light but also isn't prone to distractions. Placing it against a wall allows your child to glance up at items or papers pinned to calendars, dry erase or bulletin boards.

For kids in younger grades, working in a more public space is better than working alone in a bedroom, since they are more easily distracted and may need more guidance from you or an older child. This is when your dining table, breakfast bar top or kitchen island can serve as a desk.

There are few things kids delight in more than having a stash of great supplies. Stock up on pencils, pens, markers, scissors, and a ruler, storing them neatly in cups to keep the desktop clutter-free, while providing a space and colored folders for papers. For older kids, a cabinet, drawer, or a system of files is important for storing completed work and returned assignments. You can even create a separate 'Turn It In' folder where they can put anything that needs delivering to the teacher the next day, nipping that “dog ate my homework” excuse in the bud.

The more serious you are about providing a space and some guidelines for your child to study, the better the habits he or she will develop, eventually aiding them in the workplace as well as real life.

 

Source: Thisoldhouse.com, TBWS

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