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If there's one thing to dread with the start of the new school year, it's the battle with your kids over nightly homework. However, this fall we may have a new kind of battle on our hands, online learning due to the pandemic. Getting kids to sit down and do their homework is one of the hardest parts of our job as parents. Now, we may have to get them to sit all day for online learning while simultaneously trying to work. We may face the same struggles with our high school and college students as well, only you have less control over their habits.
One sure way to get little ones or big kids alike excited about online learning is to create a comfortable and creative workspace dedicated especially for them. If you have multiple kids at home, try designating them each a space in different areas of the house. I have gathered up some of the most useful, practical, and fun items to help you make the most inspiring workstation around.
These must-have essentials work in abundant spaces as well as tight quarters. Your study nook will be inspirational and functional, but most importantly, it will be a destination your kids will love! Let’s check them out!
Let’s start by listing out essentials vs. things to avoid:
For youngsters, avoid distracting hunts for colored pencils by putting together a Supply Caddy packed with the basics: pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, highlighters, glue, scissors, etc. It can be placed on the workstation desk or it can be stored in a nearby cabinet or shelf. The Divided Turntable can be used with, or instead, of the portable caddy. You can’t go wrong with either, so maybe you want both?
create a routine for learning time. Start by having them pick out a fun lamp for their desk, then, each day at the same time, ask your son or daughter to pull out the supply caddy and turn on the desk lamp. This simple routine every day will help manage your child’s expectations each day and will allow them to settle into the task at hand.
For your older ones, be sure to have pencils, pens, highlighters, sticky notes, and any other supplies they often use within easy reach. A turntable is great for these supplies. Also have their books, folders, and notebooks organized for each class. Try color-coding with bins, labels and washi tape.
Some of my favorite organization products for tight spaces would be perfect for any at-home learning space.
Although school may be different this fall for your kiddos,
making a workspace organized and comfortable will make online learning less of a drag. Now is the perfect time to design a space that is personalized for your child, making it perfect for their needs…and I know they will love it!
Shop the Look: Add even more storage and style to your study area with with the 4-Drawer Storage Unit, Customizable Wall Mount Organizer, Wall Clock, and Small Trash Can.
Check out our full Back to School blog series for more inspiration.
Alexa Cottone is a Content Assistant at mDesign
who is obsessed with all dogs and can proudly eat a whole sleeve of Oreos.
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Aug 19, 2020