The 2020-21 school year is officially underway. For many Colorado families, that means at-home learning will be a focus. Here are a few things you can do to set your son or daughter up for academic success. 

Create a dedicated school space

Have you given much thought to where your child will do their school work during the day? Maybe the plan was for them to set up at the dining room table or even the couch. However, neither space provides the ideal learning environment.

So what’s the alternative? Well, Power Homeschool Services recommends making a space just for school. This could be a spare bedroom, a home office, or a basement.

In a perfect world, the new space should mirror your child’s classroom. Take some time to stock up on reading and learning materials. It also won’t hurt to bring in extra light fixtures to maintain brightness and keep your student engaged.

Keep it comfortable

As our streak of 90-degree days continues, you may want to perform a quick check of your air conditioner. The last thing you want is for the summertime heat to sap your child’s energy and hinder their learning ability. Of course, with fall and cooler temperatures right around the corner, an effective space heater makes a sound investment.

You’ll need to do more than regulate the temperature in order to keep your child comfortable for school. This is where having different seating options comes into play. Give them the choice to sit on a quality chair, a soft area rug, or a beanbag chair, for example.

Make it fun

This is your chance to have fun and be creative with your child’s learning space! Ask for their help with putting up posters, adding pops of color, and picking out any furniture. You might be surprised by how excited they’ll be during this process.

Looking to really go above and beyond as you enhance their at-home learning experience? Then consider re-painting the room and hanging their best work on the walls. Though these might seem like small changes, your child is sure to appreciate them.

Have the teacher essentials

Parents everywhere will be playing the role of teacher for the time being. So why not embrace the role and do the best you can? The more prepared you are for your student’s daily activities, the better the year will be — period. 

So what kind of preparation are we talking about? The main thing is collecting all the necessary supplies and materials to replicate a classroom., from chalkboards to pencils. Another expert tip: have your own desk that contains school-specific things. 

Stick to a schedule

Similar to how you like a routine at your job, students like having a routine with their school days. And while it’s difficult to establish the same level of structure, do what you can to implement a schedule. This allows your student to feel secure and comfortable, even during a time of uncertainty.

What should a distance learning schedule entail? For one thing, it’s important to set clear expectations for your child on day one. You’ll find that consistency in your child’s days will be critical in their development.

Take breaks and get outside

Make sure to schedule the occasional break into your student’s day. Whether it’s 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour, students need time for movement. Plus, you can use these opportunities to catch up on work projects, plan your child’s next activity, or just relax.

There’s also the fact that nature offers plenty of its own learning opportunities. Head out for a walk on a nice day and have your child point out various plants, animals, and insects. It gets both of you out of the house and helps prevent them from burning out on “traditional” classroom work.

Is it time for a larger house?

The coronavirus pandemic continues to present challenges for all of us, but especially students and their parents. Depending on the size of your residence, you can only do so much to create the perfect learning environment. That’s why numerous Colorado families are moving into larger homes.

At American Home Agents, we’re ready to find your forever home. Our real estate agents not only love this state, but they also love seeing their clients achieve their homeownership goals. It’s one of the many things that separates our brokerage from others along the Front Range.

Let’s get you on the path toward a bigger and better home! Contact American Home Agents today at (303) 695-5900.