Your home is your child’s first school. This is where she first learns to think and communicate. By providing your child a healthy learning environment at home, you’re contributing to the way she deals outside of it.
Yet studying at home can be very distracting with all the toys and media that’s just within your child’s reach. Let us help you with some tips to turn your home into a conducive space for learning (even on school holidays).
Assign a specific study space
While a coffee table or bed may be enough to spread all her books, designating a specific study space is a more practical way to facilitate learning for your child. Having a study space promotes routine: if she has something to read or she needs to get creative, she knows where to do it. She can also be more productive since the dedicated space allows her to focus on the task at hand. It does not have to expansive—a small nook with a table will do as long as you keep it away from distractions. If possible, choose a well-ventilated, well-lit, and quiet place outside her room.
Organise learning materials and minimise clutter
Being organised not only makes it easier for your child to look for materials like books, pens, and paper when she needs it, it also makes your home look more polished. Of course, we also know how being organised sparks joy! Store books in a bookshelf and files in a cabinet to minimise clutter. Also, make it a habit to remove items that can no longer be used to avoid diverting your child’s attention and provide her more space for learning.
Prepare healthy snacks
Food is an important part of your child’s overall well-being and helps stimulate learning. Make sure to store healthy meals and snacks like fruits and whole grain breads. Serve them during study breaks and when they feel hungry to make them feel energised throughout the study session.
Set a routine
Creating a study routine makes it easier for your child to keep track of her homework and other learning activities. It also gives a sense of accountability. Make it easy to follow: you can agree to set aside 20 minutes for reading or an hour to do homework. The goal is to make studying an everyday habit and an activity she looks forward to every day. This routine should also include study breaks and playtime to inject more fun while she’s learning.
Limit the use of gadgets
Sure, technology helps facilitate learning but creating a conducive learning environment for your child also means minimising the use of gadgets. Keep gadgets out of her sight during study time and set only specific time of the day when she can use them. The internet can be a tricky place so make sure to set up controls and filters to “child-proof” her access to the web.
Give access to her passion
Learning is not only limited to core subjects in school, it can also involve her other interests and passion like music, writing, or art. If your child is interested in something, make it accessible to her. If she loves to play a musical instrument, give her the time to learn it. If she likes painting, provide her with tools and encourage her to express her creativity. You can even share that passion and make a bonding time out of it, too!