Susan Good, from retirededucator.org, recently wrote this article for Illinois Virtual School about how to optimize students’ home learning experiences. When you’re done here you can visit her website for reading and writing tips, or to check out her blog.
Home Learning: How To Create A Distraction-Free Space For Kids
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For millions of American kids, finding the time and space for learning at home can be difficult. There can be so many distractions once they get home from school, from siblings to a new video game, that it’s often hard to stay motivated when it comes to doing homework or studying. There are internal factors as well; kids are tired when they’re done with school for the day, and they often come home hungry and just want to relax for a bit. Finding a way to help your child make learning a priority no matter where they are isn’t always easy, but there are some things you can do to help it along.
Creating an area at home where your child can read and learn distraction-free is essential. Whether it’s their bedroom or a quiet spot in the basement, having a place to go and focus on the task at hand will help your child tremendously. It’s also a good idea to have a plan for after school, as no child wants to come home and get right back to work. Allowing her to take a break, get a snack, and have some downtime might be beneficial when it’s time to study.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to help your child with a distraction-free place to learn.
Create a reading nook
Even the most well-read child can have trouble focusing on a book when there are other kids, a television, or activity going on in the room. Creating a small reading nook will give your child a quiet place to go and become immersed in her book, whether it’s for school or for pleasure. Make sure it’s in a spot away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of your home, and provide plenty of good light, storage space, and pillows for comfort. Go here for more information on how to create the perfect reading space for your child.
If your child is having trouble getting into a good routine with homework, consider setting up a space for her to get creative. You might invest in an easel and paints, or hand her some blank paper and colored pencils. Look for interesting pieces of artwork or photographs and have your child write a short story about what she believes is happening in the picture, or draw what might happen next. Getting creative is a wonderful way to let ideas flow and relax at the same time, which is great for kids who need a break.
Have snacks handy
Most kids find it difficult to make it through a long school day with only lunch to sustain them, and they’re hungry when they get home. Have easy, quick-to-grab snacks handy, such as string cheese, fruit, nuts, turkey wraps, or yogurt. Having a full belly will go a long way toward helping your child focus on what needs to be done, even after a long day at school.
Create a routine
Having a routine is helpful for most kids; they crave the structure that helps them keep track of their responsibilities. Help your child create a homework and study routine–such as starting at a certain time of day and spending an allotted amount of time on it–so that she can form good habits. If your child has a big project to tackle or an assignment that will be done over a period of several days, help her break up her work time into manageable chunks so it doesn’t become overwhelming.
Helping your child find a distraction-free place to work will not only boost their concentration, it will improve their grades and possibly even their self-confidence as they move forward through school. With a good plan, you and your child can plan for a successful school year.