Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Challenges of Homeschooling: Smart Home Adaptations That Make a Huge Impact

Leila Dorari is here to explain and help the the challenges of Homeschooling. Here are some great ideas to make this process a bit easier.

There are various reasons why people decide to homeschool their children. Apart from dedication and
preparation, there are also practical issues to overcome. If you feel that your child does not benefit from the
schooling system and you want to tailor the curriculum to their needs, you will not give up only because you
lack space. You can adapt your home to fit the new purpose.

Think about the layout

Decide whether you want to have a designated area for teaching or you prefer to do it throughout the house.
Homeowners who have absolutely no way of coming up with space for this purpose solely, usually divide the
process into stages and different rooms. However, if you can, create a classroom. You still switch locations if
you think it is beneficial, but there should be something children can relate to a working environment. It should
not be as serious and strict as it sounds, but simply a place of focus and discipline.

Choose the best location
Most people will use an extra room or a playroom for this purpose. However, if you do not have one, you can
repurpose a room you can live without. This is why people have been using storages, pantries, dining rooms
and garages as homeschooling classrooms. If again, you are one of the people mentioned above who truly lack
space, you should make your kitchen into the main area. It is the only room in your house suited and prepared
to take on any types of projects. You have a table so you can write, draw and make art. Turn a corner of your
lounge into a library. Create a comfortable reading area and fill some shelves with appropriate books. Bear in
mind that most children prefer laying or sitting on a floor while reading, rather than sitting in a chair.

The right furniture

There is no such thing as the right furniture. The type and scale of it should depend on space you have available.
If you are homeschooling more than one child, it may be a good idea for them to have their individual desks.
Alternatively, you should have a table big enough to fit them all and they do not have to fight for space.
However, the creative projects are better done in a group, so you probably want to have a table you can
all sit around to inspire and help each other. Smart storage solutions are actually the most important part
of the furniture here, particularly if your room has a shared purpose, e.g. the kitchen. Utilize your walls by
hanging white/blackboards and posters. Use them to hang shelves. Now, pay attention to what you keep on
these shelves as your children may not be tall enough to reach it. Use narrow tall standing shelves to make use
of the vertical space while keeping out of the center of the room. Your children will easily reach the bottom
shelves and get what they need. You can use desks with shelves and tops that open up for storage.

Construction and d├ęcor

If you have an unfinished room or a storage area not suitable for spending a lot of time in, touch it up a bit to
accommodate the classroom. These rooms are usually garages, basements, and attics. Renovation Services can
help you tackle bigger projects such as insulation, ventilation and heating, wiring and flooring. If this is too
costly, discover the ways of insulating on your own. The best and the quickest alternative to laying floorboards,
is laying a carpet. Use any strange corners or nooks to fit storage. Make narrow built-in shelves and cupboards
for your books and supplies.

How about the colors?

The colors of your classroom should be light and bright. Use a light or a neutral color for the walls. Pretty much
all of your books and teaching props will be colorful so you need something to balance it out. Stay away from
using too much red or yellow. They can not only energize your children, which can be distracting, but can also
evoke aggression. I am not saying that your children will get into a fight, but you do not want them bickering,
either. Green will help you keep them relaxed, confident and active. Make sure the room gets a lot of natural
light, alternatively make it well-lit for the cloudy days.

You need to create space which will inspire your children to learn. Regardless of the size and the number of
things you have in the room, you have to make it clutter-free. Being well organized and having designated
space for each item will help you do so. Clutter increases stress levels and while I am pretty sure your children
would not define themselves as stressed-out, they will find it hard to focus.

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