Friday, September 15, 2017

Virtual Schooling: Setting Up a Learning Space for The Best K12 Experience

We've been with K12 and Ohio Virtual Academy for four years now. In August, school was back in session and our virtual schooling experience resumed. This year, there were many new faces, as more students enrolled in this virtual platform. Today, I'd like to share with you some tips for creating an ideal learning space for your child.

For virtual schooling students, the most important part of preparing is setting up an at-home learning space. Creating a learning space is important to maximize productivity and ensure that your student has a quiet, organized area that's ideal for learning.

You needn't have an entire room dedicated to your child's learning space, although if you do, that's fantastic! This post, however, will focus on setting aside specific areas and creating space within a room that already serves a purpose.

Set Up Your School Area Along a Wall

Whether it be in your dining area, a bedroom, or even the living area, you can easily set up a learning space along a dedicated wall. All you need is a sturdy desk for your computer, a comfortable chair, a few shelves (stand-alone or wall shelves), and adequate lighting. It's always smart to have a calendar, bulletin board, or white board to keep track of important events like F2F meetings or testing dates.

Turn a Closet into an Office

If you don't have much space, a walk-in closet can be turned into an office area. This is an excellent way to separate your child from any distractions within the home. Because closets don't typically have windows, you'll want to make sure that there is adequate ventilation. Several fans is a good idea. Also, you'll want lots of white lighting to make the area bright.

Don't have a walk-in closet? Small closets can usually fit a desk with a chair outside of it. You may need to run extension cords to plug in your equipment, or you could do some rewiring if you have that option.

Set Up a Space in Your Child's Bedroom

Setting up a space in your child's bedroom allows them to close the door to shut out any potential distractions (we all know how the family cat likes to climb onto our paperwork). It also allows them a space that's their own, which might encourage them to work more independently.

However, if your child is in the elementary grades, it might be best to keep them somewhere that you can supervise as his or her learning coach. Older children, however, might benefit more from this set up.

Organizing Your Supplies

With K12, you'll get lots of text books, work books, and other supplies, so you'll need a place to put it. Floating shelves or lots of baskets and boxes work great for this purpose. We use a large computer armoire that has lots of shelving units. It's kind of like a "hide-a-way" schooling area because we can just close it up when we're finished for the day.

Is your student enrolled in K12 Virtual Schools? If so, what does your learning space look like! I'm interested in seeing the different spaces!

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