The Best Home School Room Design Set Ups
To have a fully functional home schooling environment, you need to reinvent a section of your house as a classroom. Follow these design tips to make your home schooling area an atmosphere that encourages learning, creativity, and hard work.
Separate The Classroom Area From The Rest Of Your Home
Before you begin designing anything, ensure that you’ve set aside a space that is separate from the rest of the house. Your student needs a classroom setting that is away from common household distractions including the kitchen, the television, and any other activities that could potentially steal attention away from schoolwork. Keep these three rules in mind as you pick the perfect space:
- Audio/visual distractions are out of sight
- Bathrooms are quickly accessible
- Fresh air and natural light are abundant
Provide Ample And Comfortable Work Space
This is extremely important if you want your student to study in an environment without distraction. Once you’ve set aside a prime location in your home, set up a large desk with a ergonomic seat, with the most frequently needed supplies within reach. This is one aspect that you couldn’t control in a normal school setting. Often times, classroom desk chairs are made of solid wood or metal with little consideration for the student’s spinal health. Do your research and find a chair that won’t hurt to sit in for several hours a day. Remember to take occasional breaks during the day to walk around and stretch.
Stock your student’s desk with the right supplies. School supply shopping is a fun prep activity that your student will actually enjoy. In addition to the standard pencil and paper, be sure to include the following items in your home schooling shopping list:
- Paper clips
- Stapler & staples
- Colored pens or markers
- Hole punch
- Binder and/or folders
- Trash bin
Keep these items stocked and accessible. In order to replicate the feel of a traditional classroom, your student should never feel like he or she is running low on basic supplies.
Install Proper Lighting
Public school classrooms are often equipped with irritating yellow fluorescents. Set up lighting that won’t hurt your student’s eyes. Set up track lighting above the desk space and a halogen desk lamp for directional light. You can also increase the brightness of your space by paying attention to glare: pick subtle off-white paint colors and point screens away from direct light.
Decorate With Educational And Inspiring Materials
Now that you’ve picked the perfect space and purchased the proper supplies, it’s time to add a little flair to the classroom environment. Teacher supply stores are chock-full of educational wall materials. These are great for students who need additional help with common errors. Lists of grammar, punctuation, and spelling rules as well as common math equations can act as reminders for struggling students (just make sure they’re covered up during test time).
This is can also be another way to incorporate your child’s personality into your home classroom. Consult them before you make a purchase. A few useful classroom posters are:
- Multiplication charts
- Periodic Table of Elements
- Keyboard shortcuts
Curate A Home Library
One of the best parts of traditional school settings is the library. Set one up in your home school classroom! Create a library area in a small bookcase and nestle it in a corner. At the beginning of the year create a list of age-appropriate books for your student. Once you’ve selected these core choices, fill the rest of your bookshelf with supplementary titles from your local thrift store. (Children’s books can cost as little as $.25 each!) A rug, beanbag chair, and small floor lamp will turn your bookshelf into a cozy classroom library, which can be great for silent sustained reading or break time. Encourage your student to create artwork based on their favorite books to decorate the space.
Provide Easy Access To Online Educational Sources
More and more schools are incorporating online research skills into their core learning programs. Your home classroom won’t be complete without a computer station with these pieces of equipment:
- A laptop
- Word processing software
- Internet access (you can block sites that are inappropriate or distracting)
- A printer (scanning capabilities are a plus)
Set aside a certain amount of time each day to work online. As your child gets older and research becomes more prevalent in their required skill set, teach lessons that incorporate the proper use of online research sites and demonstrate how to properly cite sources. These skills will be indispensible as your child moves on to higher education.
Setting up a home schooling station can be hard work, but if your child is willing to lend a hand the end result can provide long-term benefits for their education and your efficiency.