Set Up A Work Space/Gather Resources
Where will your kids learn? Even if this answer may change from time to time, setting up a designated space in your home where you plan on spending the most time is important. Let your kids help with the planning.
For younger learners, think about a space where the parent and learner can work together comfortably. A nook in the kitchen or living room with a small storage bin will do. Check out this Pinterest board for some inspiration. Keep it simple, minimize distraction, and make it fun and comfortable.
For teens, think about a space where they are comfortable. Avoid having distractions such as TVs in the workspace. Think about flexible seating options so teens can move around throughout the day. Consider hanging a bulletin board or wall calendar to help keep track of important things. Make the space a place your teen wants to be. Check HERE for some inspiration.
Supplies to have at your workspace:
- Pencils, pens, and highlighter
- Notebook for notes (one for each course or one large one organized by tabs)
- Planner or calendar
- Computer and charger
- Printer (optional)
- Sticky notes
- Something to do that doesn’t distract you from work. A fidget spinner, a jar of playdough, stress ball, or doodle pad are all great ideas.
Remember, the space doesn’t have to be fancy, and you don’t have to spend money. Think about what you already have and make it work for you!