School has started and remote learning is the new norm for 2020-21.  Home study spaces are being substituted for classrooms.  Some are big, some are small.  Some are for multiple children, some for only one.  Whatever the size of the space, they all need to be focused on the learning need of the student.  Key elements include:

Good lighting.  Natural light is best and has a positive impact on your mood and your eyes.   Set up a desk near a window if possible.  For darker days (or nighttime studying) proper and sufficient lighting, such as a classic desk lamp, table lamp, clip-on light or overhead lighting will need to added.

Seating.  Zoom sessions and homework will be more endurable if sitting in a suitable chair.  Consider ergonomic designs for comfort.   Adjustable height, mid-back lumbar support and armrests should also be considered. 

Organization.  As Benjamin Franklin said, “A place for everything and everything in its place.”  When you are organized, life is easier.  Keep textbooks, notebooks, earbuds, a calendar, pens and pencils organized and close by.   Perhaps adding in a Tactile or Sensory Thinking Tool would be handy for the kids who need to “fidget” while they learn.

Storage.  If your desk does not have drawers, baskets or bins are helpful to keep items stored away at the end of the day.

Distractions removed.  Whether it is a video game or baseball bat, removing those items will remove the urge to wander away from their desk before class is over or homework is done. 

Style:  Study areas need not be boring!   Let personal style shine through!  Add pictures of friends or a poster of their favorite musical artist or athlete. 

Make the best out of the space that you have.  Use the furnishings in your home or go shopping to set up a new space.  Set the space up in a bedroom or in the living area.  Your aim should be to create a productive, attractive area where your student can succeed.



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