Is your child struggling to stay motivated during this time of virtual learning? With all of the chaos going on in the world today, it's hard for anyone to remain motivated, which is why it's so important to create a safe space for your child to learn. As a family, you have already endured the major change of virtual learning, so why not make the most of it! Here are 6 steps you can take to create the perfect virtual learning space for your student.
Find the Right Location
When creating a safe space for your child to focus on their assignments, think about the place in that house where they are able to concentrate best. If your child prefers total silence, maybe a spare room or bedroom will be a good fit. If they work best with a little background noise, try setting them up in a space near others or in a place where soft music is readily available. Testing out different areas may be beneficial in choosing a work space.
Ensure Adequate Lighting
Be sure there is enough lighting in the chosen space. Whether your child is working by a window or in a nook, it is important that they can clearly see the tasks in front of them and aren't constantly straining their eyes.
Involve Your Child in the Process
As you choose a space for your child to work throughout the day, be sure to involve them in set up. If you are able, let your child make that dedicated workspace their own by decorating the space or helping to make decisions as to what goes into that space. Let them choose comfortable pillows for a nice corner space or maybe break out the art supplies and let them create a masterpiece for the wall. By creating their own comfortable space, your child will be more motivated to spend time there each day to learn.
Make Materials Accessible
Be sure to have all of your child’s school materials — paper, pencils, calculators, for example, easily accessible.A calendar in this space may also be useful in helping your child understand scheduling and when goals should be met. Remind your child to keep their space organized so that they will be able to find any of these materials in a pinch. These items can be easily organized in bins, baskets, or a stand alone art cart. The tactic of organization also teaches them responsibility. Use the task of organizing their supplies as an addition to their chores and incentivise them with a small reward each week!
Create Space Rules
In order for your child to view an ordinary space in your home as their new virtual learning space, it is important to establish space rules. For example, not allowing (insert distraction here) in their working environment. This distraction may be a cell phone, a game, or a book that will take away from their schooling. Rules like this will create clear boundaries, eliminate any distractions, and allow their minds to be solely focused on the task at hand. A way to enforce these rules may be to have a sign to display them or a collection bin outside of the workspace. Allowing your child to decorate this sign or bin is also a fun way to get them involved!
There are so many ways that a virtual learning environment can be an enjoyable place to create and think, but there also needs to be a point of rest. Depending on your child’s schedule, be sure that they are taking time away from their learning space to snack, walk around, and play throughout the day. If they take the time to rest their brain in increments, they will be able to better focus when necessary.
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