As parents, let’s be honest—
Going back to school shopping is terrible.
It might sound exciting at first, sure. You could spend some quality time with your kiddos and buy them a few new things. But then you get to the store, and there are only two scenarios:
- You’ve started your shopping early. Congratulations! Now you’re struggling through the crowd that’s nothing short of a Black Friday mob.
- You wait to do your shopping, either to avoid crowds or because you’re a procrastinator. Either way, you’re stuck with the bottom of the barrel, meaning you get to hear the whines of your children who don’t want that. But it’s all that’s left over.
It’s a much nicer thought than reality.
And that’s when online and hybrid learning parents breathe a sigh of relief.
You certainly can have notebooks or glitter glue if you’d like. But that’s the beauty of it: It’s up to what you decide.
While your child can study wherever while at home, a designated workspace is always a good idea. It helps their brain know it’s time to focus, but it doesn’t have to be a boring place. In fact, adding a few personal touches will make the space more enjoyable as your child studies.
According to these online and blended learning students, these are the items you actually need for online school.
- A computer with internet. That one is obvious.
- A comfortable seat. Your child may prefer an office chair or maybe a bean bag. Whatever the choice, make sure they can comfortably sit for hours.
- A desk (or a bed!). Something that has room for to sit down with a notebook and some other items.
- Music to make studying enjoyable. Besides, studies say it could improve focus.
- Lighting in whatever form makes you happy. A regular lamp, lava lamp, Himalayan salt lamp, your choice.
- A planner or calendar to keep on track
- Artwork hanging on the walls. This could be your child’s own creations or a favorite movie poster.
- A friendly feature, like a plant or the cat, to brighten the atmosphere.
- A personal item. For our students, that meant something different. Some liked to have their camera nearby, others liked to have their favorite sports drink.
See how some students described their personal workspaces:
“My space is unique because I always have my pup with me, I have my laptop, a notebook and my bed, I don’t have a desk. So I sit on my bed and do everything, I’ll sit outside, I have to have music going, and I have pictures on my walls.”
– Erica M.
“What makes my personal workspace unique is that I get to work at any time given. I feel comfortable and stress free. If I go out somewhere, I can take my work with me. I especially like it because I get to be home with family and grab a snack whenever I like. It can seriously be the couch, my bed, kitchen table and the patio except it really hot throughout the day. I’m also able to listen to music, helps motivate me more!”
– Salma U.
“What makes my workspace unique? Everything, I have everything I need next to me, not only that but I usually have my artwork scattered all over the table or hung up on the wall. I also add motivational quotes to help me get through the day, oh and my dog who is always with me.”
– Jennifer H.
“I have my laptop, binder with paper, an extra notebook, pens, pencils and such all in my laptop bag that I set up on the dining room table every day. I don’t ever work alone while having a daughter but I get good grades, learn to multitask and I get work done nicely and organized. I guess that’s all you can really ask for to get through school.”
– Kayde P.