Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
Recently, with school closures across the US and so much uncertainty on whether our children will return to in-school learning, many parents with school-age children found themselves scrambling to facilitate their children’s virtual learning. With parental superpowers activated, most of us stepped up to the challenge and created temporary learning spaces on the fly.
So, what if we must continue distance learning with our kids through the fall? We’ll need to set up dedicated spaces for the long term that are organized, comfortable, upbeat, and learning-centric. To that end, we suggest parents spend part of August getting their homes ready for the start of the 2020/2021 school year.
Below we’ve laid out ten ways to help you create the most optimal distance learning classroom within your home. You’ll be able to adapt these points to suit your home, fit into your budget, and be age-appropriate for your children, whether they’re starting kindergarten or finishing their last year of high school. No matter whether you are an expert homeschooler, or one born recently out of necessity, you’re sure to find these tips will help you create the ultimate home learning center! You’ll no doubt discover points to add to this list to personalize it.
A detailed plan can provide a roadmap to help you reach your goal of creating a visually pleasing yet practical, distance learning space. Your plan should include colors for walls and furnishings, the layout for the room (where each piece of furniture will be placed,) and how many designated areas you need to fit into the room to make the space functional.
When formulating your plan, you will be able to determine what pieces of furniture, equipment, and supplies you already have and what you still need to purchase. Think desks, tables, chairs, computers, and a printer and scanner. And don’t forget the extra elements that make the room unique to you and your children.
We hope this helped you get a big head start on the upcoming school year if or as you begin a new adventure in distance learning. You’ll save time and eliminate an enormous amount of stress and frustration for you and your children by having a pleasant and functional space in place, ready to begin to study as soon as your school provides access to their plan for classes in the fall. Enjoy this new normal! Ready! Set! Go!