For many families with kids, back to school this year looks a lot like staying at home. For those who had never planned on homeschooling, the idea of a year of distance learning is probably causing some stress and anxiety.
There’s a lot to balance when you’re both working from home full-time and acting as a teacher’s aid to help your kiddo get into the groove of a new school year from home. While we can’t take the stress away or watch the kids while you work, we can offer a bit of help with our online interior design services.
Just like with your home office set-up, the design of your homeschool space can play an important role in helping your kids do their best this year. We polled some of our designers who are also adjusting to distance learning this year, and they gave us some amazing kids workspace designs and tips for how to help you, your kids, and your home make the adjustment. Keep reading for 10 of our best homeschool design tips for setting your little one up for success at home this school year!
1. Transform Your Dining Area Into A Homeschool Space
“If you don’t have a full room to dedicate, the dining space is always a good solution since you already have a table and chair setup.” – Victoria M, Modsy Designer
Your breakfast nook or dining space can be an eating area by morning and night, and a homeschool space during day. This is a great place for your kids to set up their work stations, because it already has chairs and a large workspace surface. And, continuing to use this area for morning and evening meals creates a good boundary for helping keep your home tidy (and helping keep you a bit more sane).
When creating dining room office designs, simply keep a bar cart or rolling utility cart nearby, and use that to store school items and tuck things away at the end of the school day. And since a dining space or breakfast nook is typically in the center of a home, it’s an easy space for you to keep an eye on your kids, even if you’re working in another room—and you can easily pull up a chair to help with some math problems when you’re called on for help. We love this idea because the whole set-up doesn’t cost a dime to create—it’s all stuff you have in your home already!
Shop This Look2. Use Bins To Organize School Work
“A large basket or storage container for my kids to place completed work or scratch paper helps keep clutter contained.” – Jenny F, Modsy Designer
Wherever you set up your kids’ homeschool rooms, we recommend keeping various bins and trays nearby. They’re a great place for kids to place their school work and have scratch paper. Each kid can have their own set of bins, and you could even color-code them for complete and incomplete work, crafts, and whatever other categories you want! This is a great way to keep things their homeschool classroom organized and looking streamlined for both kids and parents. Bonus tip: rolling carts and bookcases are a great place to house these organizational items, along with any other school supplies.
Shop This Look3. Create A Snack Station
“I try to keep a little bowl with healthy snacks (raisins, trail mix, etc.) and water bottles near them so they can nibble if they get hungry.” – Jenny F, Modsy Designer
Don’t want your kids interrupting you every 10 minutes for a snack? Set up a snack station! We love the idea of keeping healthy snacks near your kids’ homeschool rooms, so they can grab something when they’re hungry, but from a pre-approved assortment! This gives your kids a sense of independence and can be fun for them to “shop” for their own snacks. You could even add a chalkboard above the snack station to write out a general schedule for the day to keep everyone on track!
4. Give Your Kid A “Cloffice”
“The more personalized a work area is for your kid, the more important they will feel that space is. Creating a work area with a background in your home that is not distracting for your child or their classmates is also helpful.” – Jenny F, Modsy Designer
If your kid is doing distance learning, they’ll likely be on video calls much of the school day. So, setting them up in a homeschool space where the sound is insulated and the background isn’t distracting is important. Even if it’s just a small space! With that in mind, we love the idea of creating a “cloffice” for your kid (AKA a closet office).
By emptying out a closet in their room or in another room in your house, taking off the doors, and putting a desk inside, they suddenly have a cozy nook in which to work. It’s a great way to keep a desk out of the way and tucked away from the main homes activities. And it also lets your kid feel like they have a space that is all their own. Let them personalize it with artwork and even pick out some desk accessories that make them happy but aren’t distracting. (You can also check out some of our kids room design ideas for ideas on how to incorporate a desk into the rest of your kid’s bedroom!)
5. Create A Space With No Distractions
“Some of the essentials I would consider would be a dedicated desk/table area so that they have a place to ground themselves and get into “work mode”. A comfy chair or place to sit is also a must, if they are uncomfortable that is all they will be able to focus on!” – Victoria M, Modsy Designer
It’s important to give your kid a homeschool classroom desk area that is comfortable, clean, and dedicated to schoolwork. Make sure they have a comfy chair so that at least their physical comfort won’t be a distraction. To further eliminate distractions, make sure there are no TVs, handheld electronics, or toys in this area. Tucking their desk or work station into a room where they can close the door is great for older kids who need less supervision but still need help with focusing.
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6. Divide One Space For Two Kids
Having two kids in one homeschool space means they can easily be a distraction to each other—but sometimes it can’t be avoided. If that’s the case, divide the homeschool room with a room divide or open bookcase like seen here. It gives them just enough separation to lessen distractions. And if you opt for an open bookcase, you also get some built-in storage for books, paper trays, or even a printer. You can keep each side matching and equal, or let each kid personalize their half.
7.Create An Arts & Crafts Zone
When homeschooling, having creative time is very important—especially for younger children. So, consider setting up a separate space in your home for art, music, and craft activities. Having a separate space will hopefully make this area feel more fun and less like work, so that it becomes a place where your child can unwind and unleash their creativity! A dining room is a great space for this, as it will give you room to supervise or help your kids.
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