You’ve got this, Mum! Even though the children may be home, you can still focus on prepping them for success in the (home) classroom. One of the best things you can do to help your children adjust to the change of pace and perform at their academic peak during the next few weeks of home learning is to get organised. Check out our 8 easy organisation tips for school at home to get your children off to a great start with home learning.
Create a learning zone
Clutter can make your head spin, and when your head is spinning, it’s difficult to learn. Boost productivity by creating a ‘school’ station where you collect all the pencils, papers, and folders in a nifty schoolwork zone. Keep supplies stocked in a colourful and cute storage centre (try our Create-a-Space™ Storage Centre or a nifty, smaller Create-A-Space™ Mini-Centre) so kids can jump in and blaze through their home learning assignment. Imagine what they’ll do when they have all their supplies at hand.
Snack attacks = no problem!
Give your kids the fuel they need by creating a handy snack station. By organising foods, you can reduce a lot of your lunch prep time. Bag apples, carrots, and other perishable snacks as well as sandwiches, cheese sticks, yoghurts and other munchables in the fridge. Keep treats such as bags of crisps, juice boxes and sweets in a shelf in the pantry. Preparing this way helps make it easier for kids to make healthy food choices and eat regular brain-fuelling meals.
Dress for success with an organised wardrobe
Take some time on a Sunday evening to plan your children’s clothing for the week ahead – just like when they’re going to school. Make the process fuss free by creating hanger labels for each day, and then pre-select outfits. Young fashionistas can take their time to express their personalities without the early morning stress of digging through drawers and laundry baskets to find their favourite go-to items. Plus, it’ll make their school day at home seem more like a regular day at school.
Organise books and resources
It’s oh so easy for books to go missing in a bustling household. Keep reading books and course books in book baskets where kids can “borrow” and return them as needed. And your young learners will have easy access, which will enable them to study when they need to. They may even find material in there they wouldn’t otherwise explore, which helps to encourage and boost an interest in reading.
Screen time guidelines:
Wipe away the worry of disputes over TV/game/computer time by setting guidelines. Put your concentration on what is most important for your kids – schoolwork, outdoor activity time, and online socialisation should be considered. Help your kids by using a chart to outline what needs to happen before it’s time to plop down in front of a screen.
The meal of champions
Breakfast provides youngsters with the nutrition they need to get going and sustained through their day. Get them off to a great start, just like you do on out-of-home school days. There’s no reason to not start your kid’s day off right.
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Celebrate in style
Parents love to display their child’s schoolwork and awards. Make a special place for such items that they create at home – utilising magnetic clips to keep these items in order while providing an artistic presentation your kids can take part in and pride in. Or think of a magnetic post-it board that is in clear view in a family-centric area of the home. This little trick keeps messy papers to a minimum and provides a special touch to the display.
Make sure you plan to take time for NOTHING. Having time to relax helps young students to reboot and reload and provides quality family time or solo time – they are both important.