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Creating a Learning Space at Home

Learning from home happens in many different ways – Zoom, play, cooking, time outside, and more! Here are some tips on creating a home learning environment for those Zoom calls and independent classroom activities. 

Defined Space

Utilizing the same space and items each day can help to prime your student’s brain for learning.

  • Designate a folding chair or pillow that always comes out for learning.
  • Use painters tape to mark an X or square on the carpet.
  • ASK: Do they like to be in the action or the ability to see their family go about their day? Do they do better in private space? 
  • ASK: Do they do better with choices? You can also offer a choice of two designated learning spaces. 

Comfortability

Comfortable seating can have many positive effects on learning! 

  • Feet need grounding and back support for sitting long term – try to avoid bar stool seats.
  • Provide the ability to stand or sit. Designate space on the floor with a tape x or square to help indicate where to stay if standing.

Integrate Interests

Creating a space that your student likes and that feels personal to them can help build motivation.

  • Hang old student work near their learning space. 
  • Decorate the learning space with their favorite colors or characters. Use stickers or construction paper to decorate.
  • Place family pictures or notes of encouragement in the learning space.

Routinized

Trying to stick to a daily schedule is fantastic, but hard! Think about what your family can reasonably commit to and write it down. 

  • Post a daily schedule near the learning space and common areas. Nothing fancy needed, just write it on a piece of paper! If a whiteboard is available, checking off each block is a fun task for students.
  • It’s okay if there are no exact times on the schedule. “First, then” works too!
  • A visual timer can be super helpful to anchor a routine. Unlike our standard timers with numbers, visual timers show the time being reduced in blocks of color. 
    • Free app:  or YouTube: 
    • An oven/microwave timer also works! Tell the student to listen for the sound.

Viewpoint

Once your student has their spot, sit down where the student would sit. 

  • What do you see? Are there things in the visual field that could be distracting? Could you close a door, close a cabinet, or angle the chair a different way?
  • Are there noises that could be reduced?
  • Are materials in a contained box(es) or spread out? Old shoe or delivery boxes work great!
  • Can you see your visual schedule?

Learn more about your student’s remote learning experience.

Posted on August 4, 2020 in News

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