By Lanada Chanel Duncan
For many parents, home has become a classroom as they prepare to provide virtual learning for their children. Carving out space to transform a home into a full-time learning environment for students may be difficult. So along with providing tips for this, I consulted with my good friend and homeschool consultant Latisha J. Lee on important things parents should remember when preparing for virtual home-school learning.
- Space, age, and grade-level play a factor when setting up a learning environment. For preschool and elementary grade-level activities, you should consider setting up on the floor and conduct story-telling, flash cards lessons, math, and grammar song activities from there. If your home has hardwood flooring, try putting down a few area rugs or an activity mat that can be rolled up and stored away in a closet on weekends.
- Middle and high schoolers tend to have more hands-on projects. For those, you may have to transform your kitchen into a science lab during the day so chemistry or biology projects can be completed. If you do not want specimen dissecting done where your evening dinner is prepared and served, better stock up on used/unwanted table clothes and place mats so your dinner table is protected. Or you may want to move projects like these into a garage or front yard, depending on the project.
- Many high school assignments require online research and writing. For those, a desk setup – even if it is in your child’s bedroom – is important. If cost or space is an issue, start with a sturdy sofa side table that they can set up next to a chair or bed.
- Books, weather posters, world maps and calendars will accumulate if this way of learning becomes the new norm. Storage will become a factor, so now may be a great time to frame your fireplace and turn empty walls into built-in bookcases. Of course, with cabinet doors to hide any overflow of materials.
The most important information shared by Latisha was for parents to remember the entire home offers an environment for kids to learn as it becomes a continuous class on home economics.
By hanging a large chalkboard in the kitchen or dining area, parents can keep students engaged with lessons that can be reviewed or studied over dinner. Additionally, painting a child’s bedroom wall with chalkboard paint, brings fun into your home decor while inspiring kids to creatively learn, even after the virtual school bell rings.
Latisha Lee is a homeschool educator, consultant, and tutor. Find out more at https://leelati00.wixsite.com/leehomeschoolacademy
Lanada Chanel Duncan is the Principal Stylist with b.e. decors, an interior design company that offers design, décor and details to evoke peaceful living and wellbeing.