disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Carpet & Rug Institute.
We just found out that our local schools are starting out online.
Right now, for the first three weeks, online learning is the current education situation.
My online learners are teenagers in high school, but my sister-in-law has three littles and one kind of not-so-little-any-more student that live at her house.
We’ve all been living footloose and fancy-free with our summer vacation, but school starts in a week here in Texas.
Just between us?
I’m an amazing aunt and Westleigh is an amazing cousin and we wanted to start their online school year off right, so we went shopping and surprised them with new school supplies.
And helped them get the room ready for online school and whatever the rest of 2020 holds.
If you need help creating a space for online learning?
Here are some simple tips for turning a room into a classroom.
Space and flexibility is key when setting up a space for online learning.
We added one comfortable chair with plenty of back support and a desk as command central in the space for my sister-in-law. We also plan on adding lightweight chairs that are stackable and foldable mini tables (versions of TV trays) to allow flexibility with furniture in the space.
There’s enough room in the space and the furniture is lightweight enough that students can move the chairs and mini tables where needed and my sister-in-law can use the main desk to facilitate all the different classes.
2. Welcoming learning environment
We made sure that the room is light and bright and airy with warm and cozy carpeting on the floor. The carpet provides a soft cushion for little feet and helps reduce noise in the learning environment.
Carpet also helps improve air quality in the space and it’s so easy to keep clean for students with asthma and allergies.
Students can also spread out on the floor because there’s a cozy surface to read or work on, too.
It’s SO IMPORTANT to have organization in a space when you are turning a room into a classroom.
I love this entire wall of cabinets that we added to the space.
Each child has their own cabinet for their schoolwork and paperwork.
Depending on what happens for the rest of the school year, we may add baskets to the upper cabinets if we need additional space for supplies and books.
Even though we are headed online, we still wanted to shop for school supplies.
It keeps a sense of “normal” to the school year and the space.
Everyone needs a little encouragement and a cute notebook to face the school year ahead.
Pencil cases, backpacks, markers, pens, folders and new number 2 pencils all help get a classroom (and our online learners) ready for classes and homework.
5. Inspiring creativity
This is an intangible element of the classroom that’s the most important. The room needs to have flexibility, warmth, comfort, light, and organization. Cozy carpeting, orderly bookshelves, flexible workspaces and a dedicated space for the classroom help promote successful online learning.
All of these elements help inspire creativity in the students and prepare them for the school year ahead.
No matter the challenges.
No matter the school year ahead.
No matter what 2020 brings our way.
Our pencils are ready.
Our schoolroom is ready.
But most importantly? Our students are ready.
Here’s to an amazing school year.
PS Did I mention all of our students are ready? Even the furry ones. 🙂
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