Learning At Home - How To Create A Good Learning Environment At Home For Kids
Since our world has turned upside down, new challenges have risen in our daily lives. Change in schedules, work from home, learning at home - quite a lot of our routine has been altered, hasn’t it?
As adults, we are constantly pushed and tested to adapt to changing situations. While we are trained to do that, it can be challenging for kids to understand the situation and adapt to this major change. If you’re having a tough time teaching your kids about COVID-19, find your way out on our blog.
We all know our kids miss the classroom space filled with colour, joy, interaction and their friends - but how do we make learning at home that much fun? Creating an inviting learning environment for your kid is important and can seem like a daunting task during times like this. Although being at home isn’t the same as being in a classroom, one can find many ways of creating similarities between the two spaces. Let us tell you how to create a good learning environment at home for kids.
How To Make Learning At Home Successful
Classrooms have a dedicated space for your child to learn and grow. In the same way, having a dedicated learning space at home can help develop your child’s creativity, sharpen their focus and increase their motivation to read and learn. Being compelled to stay at home is sure to make our kids anxious and agitated about not getting a chance to see the outside world. The trick here is to not make learning seem like a task.
Have a dedicated space for learning: In order to create a good learning environment at home, a dedicated space where your child feels comfortable is a must. Having a dedicated space for learning isn’t necessarily about the luxury of having a dedicated room, it could be any extra space that is longing to be occupied. The dining table, the coffee table in your living room - any space will eventually become a comfortable learning environment for your child. Without a dedicated learning space, young learners can get easily distracted which does not give them a sense of consistency. The key is to create a specific routine for your child’s learning.
Declutter your space: Learning at home means all of your kids’ supplies are lying at home. Not only supplies, but toys, books can crowd a space and create a feeling of chaos. Focus on removing all distractions from your dedicated learning space. Decluttering the learning space will help your child focus on learning.
Create a comfortable space: A cozy learning space is going to do wonders for your kid. The cozier the space, the easier it will get for your child to learn. To switch things up, substitute the standard chair with a bean bag or lay down a weighted blanket. Creating a comfortable space will also help alleviate your child's stress.
Make the learning space visual: Positive reinforcements are key to creating a good learning environment at home. Take inspiration from your kid’s classrooms to make learning at home a good experience. Classrooms usually have positive posters, lots of photos, which makes the environment happy and inviting. A visual learning space will help explore your child’s creativity. Surround your learning space with your child’s favourite posters, world maps, anything that grabs their attention and ignites their curiosity.
Create a well lit area: Lighting plays an important role in creating an effective learning environment. Natural light not only has health benefits, but also helps with your child’s attendance, energy and attention skills. Try to get as much natural light as possible.
Follow a schedule: A routine will help your kid stay more focused for the day. Create a schedule and hang it up in your home, either in the form of a whiteboard or a large poster. This will help ensure your child’s schedule is consistent and also bring back the feeling of being in a classroom.
Gather a variety of books: As we’re well aware, books play an important role in learning at home. Always have books that your kids are interested in readily available at home. Encourage your kids to read as a part of their schedule or even as a hobby. Research shows that children in homes with books readily available have improved test scores - from their mere presence. Our Story Book Science collection has a curated selection of engaging children’s storybooks that help in learning at home.
Encourage hobbies or play as rewards: While schoolwork is an important learning aspect, always remember to alternate work with play or other fun activities. Add art, reading, fun science experiments to your child’s learning schedule. Our STEAM learning kits have various kits such as arts kits, DIY science kits, craft kits for kids who love crafting and building things and so on, which helps make learning at home a fun and hands-on experience.
Ensure physical activity: Engage your kids in exercise and physical activities to ensure that learning at home doesn’t seem like a task. Physical activity can be anything fun - skipping rope, gardening, putting on a play - go crazy with break time.
Encourage learning beyond textbooks: Learning at home does not have to be limited to textbooks and classwork. STEAM education is a great way to encourage your kids to innovate and use critical thinking with the help of proactive and hands-on learning kits. Banyan Tree Kidz spends hundreds of hours researching and curating STEAM kits for kids to get excited to learn while having fun in a way which feels nothing like school.
Creating a good and consistent learning environment at home can help promote learning as a lifelong priority within your family. Last but not the least, don’t forget to motivate your kids. Praising effort will encourage your child to follow through with more challenging tasks and lessons. Learning at home may seem challenging for us parents - but at the end of the day, all we can do is our best.