Back to school time is looking a little different this year for many of our kids. With the Covid19 pandemic still affecting communities, many of America's kids are starting the year doing virtual learning at home. This shift in learning environments has caused many parents to scramble to set up dedicated learning spaces for their kids at home.
Whether it's a desk in their bedroom or a spot in your home office, kids deserve a functional workspace to ensure their success doing virtual school. For many, sitting all day in front of a computer can be difficult, so finding ways to incorporate movement is ideal.
Here are fives tips for setting up a functional, ergonomic work space for your kids learning at home:
1. Set up a true desk space. When school went online in March, many kids made do with sitting at the kitchen table or laying on their bedroom floor to do their schooling, but now that virtual learning is here to stay for many, it's time to create a true desk space for your child. Having a desk set up with help kids enter "school mode" more easily and prevent their school time from bleeding into family or relaxing time. Ideally this desk space will be in a quiet, calm spot in the house where they won't be distracted by younger siblings or TV.
2. Invest in their tech. The new reality of school means a lot of time on Zoom, Google classroom and other forms of online learning. If your school doesn't provide laptops, now may be the time to purchase a computer dedicated to school. To ensure your child uses proper posture and desk ergonomics, make sure to get a raised monitor, keyboard and mouse to cut back on straining and slouching.
3. Buy a motion chair. Kids needs to move in order to maximize their concentration. With school happening in front of a computer for many, this need for movement is even greater. When you buy a Swopper motion chair, your child will be able to bounce, tilt, sway and spin while they work.
4. Make it colorful and interactive. Kids learn best when they can use all their senses, so make sure their home desk has opportunities to interact. Fresh plants, photos of family/friends, scented markers and their favorite snacks are all a great way to keep little learners happy at their workspace.
5. Use a height adjustable work space. If possible, give your kids the options to sit, stand or perch using a height adjustable desk and height adjustable chair, like Muvman. This lets your kids move throughout sitting positions as they feel comfortable. Science shows this is the healthiest, most productive way to work.
Online learning can be a lot for families to tackle this year, but with the right set up, your kids can be successful at learning while at home.