Tips for Setting Up a Home Workspace for Your Student

Some families are fortunate in that they can turn that spare room into a home classroom for the kids. Room décor, whiteboards, desks and a wealth of supplies can be made readily available. Many families are not so well equipped, and the home workspace looks considerably different. Ingenuity and creativity can create a special work environment for your student even if you are short on extra space.

The Designated Area
The first thing is to find a comfortable space in which your student can work. Keep in mind that distractions must be kept to a minimum. Look for a low traffic area and one that works for your child. Ideally, your child will have a desk or table at which to work. 

In addition to a desk or table, a comfortable chair is a must. Remember your child will spend a good deal of the day here so you want to find a chair that is ergonomically suited to your child. This will prevent strains on muscles and promote good posture. 

Organization is Key
A disorganized space can lead to a disorganized mind. The organization not only makes it easier for your child to function, he or she will also think better when the space around them is clear of clutter and confusion. You and your child can be imaginative in creating a structured space. 

Bring in the creative aspects of learning when you choose boxes of different sizes for storing supplies. Cover the boxes with paper or fabric. Do the same with empty cans to create holders for pens, pencils and markers. Creativity in bringing order to your child’s space will put the fun in making it functional!

The Portable Workspace
Some homes are truly short on extra space. Your child may need to work on the kitchen table or another space that serves duplicate purposes. In this situation, you can devise a portable workspace by getting totes or bags for supplies and books when not in use. There are all types of crates, totes and bags that are suitable. Allow your child to have a say in choosing items for his or her portable workspace.

Keeping Track
Calendars and whiteboards are ideal for keeping track of assignments, field trips, to-do lists and other items. Both come in all sizes and can be hung on the wall near the workspace. You may want to keep colored markers or pens and dry erase markers nearby to make entries. 

Creating an organized workspace will help your child focus. For an even more rewarding learning experience, contact Wisconsin Virtual Learning and find out about the advantages of virtual schooling for your student.