Many children have started their online sessions. Several others are waiting for further instructions from their school. Some parents have begun teaching their children irrespective of school initiatives.
To children, home is not for school and learning in the formal sense. Sure, it’s a place to do homework. And these homework hours are not supposed to last long or require long study hours.
You can make a few tweaks in your home from the point of view of location to help children adapt to their new setting. Here are a few ideas that can help.
- Choose a spot that witnesses the least amount of movement and activity.
A spot where a lot of people move about and talk is more likely to distract children. It’s best to dedicate a quieter space. If the device can be permanently fixed in such a spot, it’ll develop a habit of getting into a routine for children too. They need to know they’re in school and a fixed or specifically allotted space can help them adapt sooner.
- Adjust the space to the source of light.
The light should fall on the children so that they are clearly visible to the instructor. This angle of light will also help children handle their study materials better.
- Corners are good but can be dusty.
A corner is a very convenient spot to avoid distractions. However, corners can also be very dusty. They can also make someone feel very restricted in terms of movement.
- Allow space for study materials.
The table or the quick fix to keep the child’s gadget for online learning should ideally have a lot of space to keep some stuff like stationery. The school benches have desks that are used for storage, sitting, and tables.
While you may not have a bench-like furniture, try to find space that allows children to keep stuff handy, especially for back-to-back sessions.
- Explore tweaks in the apps.
Some conference apps that schools also use have an option of adding a virtual background. If you can’t manage a space that will be free of activity, having a virtual background can help.
In remote work, people can choose to stop video but that doesn’t work in a classroom-like meeting. The teachers want to be able to see students while teaching a concept. It helps in interaction too.
These 5 tips may help you find a good location for creating classroom space for children at home. These may help you identify a good place so that you don’t have to shift every day.
Do share your tips. And questions too if you have any. It’s up to all of us to learn from each other.