So you’ve decided to join the almost 5 million American families who are homeschooling their children? Great! Now all that’s left is to create a room to do it in. The first thing to note is that this room does not need to feel like a classroom. Tailor the space to the needs of you and your children. You know best how they like to learn, and if you’re not sure, ask them! Letting your child help create their own workspace will encourage them to spend time there and make them feel comfortable and ready to learn in an environment they love.
If you’re able to, try to set up a dedicated workspace or desk that can be left and returned to whenever needed. If you have to implement shared spaces, try to keep the number of purposes each space is used for as low as possible. Keep the space free of clutter and regularly clean to promote productivity. Reducing clutter will keep distractions as low as possible and initiate a calming environment. Try to keep noise to a minimum during learning time and avoid screens and television in the workspace. These will only prove to distract your child further.
When furnishing a homeschooling space, opt for comfortable furniture. There is nothing worse than spending all day on an uncomfortable seat, which will have adverse effects on both students and adults. Enough space and comfortable seating are vital features of any study space, and factoring in enough space for anyone else who may participate in the homeschooling process would be beneficial.
When creating a room to homeschool your children, an important thing to consider is whether you have the right insurance to keep your home and your family protected. Especially if you’re renting, getting the right insurance is important. So, What does renters insurance cover? Below we list for you the three main things that renters insurance covers:
● Personal property: This recovers the cost of the contents of your house in the unpleasant event of variously named perils, such as kitchen fires, storms, freezing, and several others. This means that anything you own on the property will be covered, which can be especially important if you are homeschooling. Kids can be messy, and accidents can happen, so protecting your personal property this way means you can breathe a little easier, knowing your belongings are safe.
● Temporary Living Expenses: Say there was a house fire or a bad storm that left your home temporarily unlivable. You would need to find temporary accommodation while repairs are being carried out. Fortunately, most renters’ insurance policies will cover this and often additional expenses, meaning that you will still have a space to look after your children and continue their homeschooling.
● Personal liability and medical bills: Coverage from renters insurance will include various accidents and instances where someone inside the property is hurt. This can cover hospital bills and legal fees from any potential lawsuit that may follow. This part of the policy will also extend to cover certain damages caused by you outside your home.
Now you’re covered both inside your home and outside, go out! Since you’re homeschooling, you’re no longer confined to just one space for teaching. You have the freedom of flexibility – so use it! Make use of balconies, patios, gardens, and even parks in the warm weather, and incorporate outdoor spaces into your lesson plans. Encouraging students to use outdoor spaces is great for them, and nothing resets a bored and tired brain like a change of scenery and a good walk.
Storage is important when you’re setting up your homeschool space. Whether you have created a dedicated homeschooling room or simply use the kitchen table, keeping your supplies nearby and altogether is vital for a productive working environment. Teaching from home means you’ll have to have lots of resources and a well-planned out curriculum, so storing this all properly is so important for an efficient and productive working day. Teaching your children to stay organized will help with their learning and help you to keep the space clean, so invest in some good shelving or storage units to keep everything you need close at hand.
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