What Makes The Perfect Homeschooling Environment?
Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature what makes the perfect homeschooling environment in this guest post. While many of the recommendations below are great for select children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and learning disabilities. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.
The two most important factors when homeschooling your kids is you and your kids. There is a huge variety of approaches you can take, as long as you’re sure they cater to both how you’re able to teach and how they’re able to learn. The environment is almost as important, however. Here, we’re going to look at different aspects of that environment and help you create a place that’s perfect for learning.
One of the issues of the traditional learning environment is how uniform and regimental it is. Everyone has a desk they spend their whole day at. Sometimes they may go the library for a change of space, but that’s not all that common. In your homeschooling environment, try finding furniture that allows you to create different learning zones. You might have a small, more private desk for subjects that require focus and attention, more open central tables if you’re teaching them together, and free-form spaces to allow for learning that goes beyond books and paper. A diversity of spaces in your “classroom” allows for a diversity of teaching methods, too.
You can line the wall with books and other educational tools to create a richer learning environment, too, as well as helping you keep all the resources you need in one place. If you want to cycle in different inspiration, you might want to find fantastic storage units near you that allow you to switch out different resources. The look of the space very much matters, too. You don’t want the room to be too distracting, but bright colors can help inspire creativity and energy, and a few inspirational images or words on the wall can help create a much more positive atmosphere.
The room isn’t the only aspect of the environment that matters, either. Your neighborhood, area, and town all matter, as they give you access to other learning environments. Walks in the park to learn about nature, trips to the library to encourage self-education, sports clubs to help teach them about communication and collaboration. If you don’t have the right access to the right learning environments in your area, it may be worth considering a move to a different area entirely.
Another thing you might want access to is the other parents and other learning spaces that most kids benefit from. You may have children that want to go to school, for instance, or you might be able to link up with other homeschooling parents. Being in charge of your child’s education doesn’t mean that it has to be a solitary effort, after all. Not only can you find more group and community activities for your kid, but you can find like-minded parents to share ideas and resources with. For instance, planning a field trip could be a lot cheaper if you have other parents and kids involved in making it a group affair.
Where we are impacts the different opportunities we have, the distractions we face, the mindset we get into and a lot more. Make sure you’re creating a real homeschool environment to give your kids the best learning experience possible.
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