A home classroom is an educational setup at home, where a home learning space is created to facilitate the studies and learning of the child at home. While setting up a home classroom one really needs to be very careful and vigilant because along with the other factors the effectiveness of the learning environment plays a very crucial role, not only in their academic performance but also in their learning outcome in totality and shaping their personality and growth and helping them to become capable adults in the future. So let’s find out some useful tips and ideas that we should keep in mind while setting up a home classroom.
Tips for Setting Up A Home Classroom
While setting up a home classroom whether, for a 5 or a 15-year-old child, one needs to be very mindful and vigilant. Here are some of the home classroom setting ideas.
1. One doesn’t need to recreate a typical traditional classroom:
The first thing we should keep in mind is that we should try to recreate a study environment that is not the same as a typical school classroom but in fact, it should be just the opposite with of course the relevant tools and required essentials and stationaries.
Since it will be a new environment for the child, so he or she might be a bit restless in the beginning or might face difficulty in concentrating or focusing. Thus till the time, they get accustomed to this new home classroom environment they need to be made very comfortable, even if that requires them to sit maybe on a bean bag or cushion which therefore can be kept in this home classroom.
In fact, while setting it up one should involve the child in getting creative inputs which in turn will make them feel responsible.
2. Identify a location:
For the effectiveness of a home classroom, one has to be very particular in deciding the right location for setting it up. Any room of moderate size can be picked up but the main thing to be kept in mind is that it should be away and separate from the house’s living room.
This will help the child to take studies more seriously and concentrate properly. Isolation from other rooms and especially the living room definitely contributes to preventing distraction and noise pollution. Again, though the room size should be moderate, it should be big enough to accommodate all the study materials, study tools, audio-visual equipment and storybooks, and all the other required essentials.
One more thing which is very important is that the chosen room should be well ventilated as well as have a lot of natural light and otherwise sufficient lighting too.
3. Inclusion of outdoor area for outdoor classes:
If one has a balcony, backyard, or garden, that too can be explored for outdoor classes. In this sense, children can observe insects, birds, or small animals they see and make journals, write stories, or do drawing. The outdoor area can also be utilized for some exercise, sports activity, play, or meditation.
Sometimes fresh air and change in scenery can really increase the productivity of the child and can give a better learning outcome.
4. Create a layout:
After the selection of the area, one should create a layout of the classroom. Proper planning should be done like where should the workstation /study table be, selection of space to place bags and bag packs, allocation of shelves and storage for the books and workbooks.
Try to keep one wall at least as a library with shelves to equip with good storybooks or reading books. Create a lot of storage and archival areas. One area should also be designated to play indoor board games. One small corner can also be kept exclusive and be used for musical sessions and can be equipped with musical instruments of the child’s choice. The shelves too should be of such a height and position that whatever is kept on them is easily accessible to the child.
Mount an instruction board on one of the walls, where time to time reminders, instructions, etc. can be put up for the child to follow The right layout is very important to bring work consistency in the child and does the desired outcome can be achieved.
5. Involve the children in decorating and setting up the classroom:
Children are very creative and always bubbling up with new ideas. They should also be asked what inspires them and that can be incorporated in their classrooms, this turns the learning environment more fun and interesting for them.
6. Equip the home classroom with a variety of stationary:
Make sure that the home classroom has plenty of pens, pencils, markers, art pens, chart papers, notebooks, folders, drawing books, and other essential and relevant stationaries. The home classroom should also be equipped with ribbons, yarns, and few basic materials for art and craft. There should also be a well-stocked supply station of all these in the home classroom itself.
7. Installation of computer and other audiovisual equipment and availability of internet:
This is one of the most important and essential inclusions in a home classroom setup. This will let them get a total feel of their school classroom since the schools do use a lot of audiovisual aid to make the lessons more interesting and impactful for the children.
This educational option, which allows parents to create a classroom type of environment, and teaches their children at home instead of sending them to school is being opted for by many. Home classroom allows parents the opportunity to devote and dedicate time to their children and instill their values to them. They also get to discuss with the child, day to day challenges and help them explore the ways to deal with them. The real-world examples can be used as learning opportunities.
Again, keeping in account individual child’s interests, learning style, and pace, their education can be tailored and they also get more time to pursue their talents and special interest.
So keeping everything in mind a home classroom should be set up so that children don’t miss out on anything and get a feel of a real school as well as feel excited about it and always feel something to look forward to as well.