School is back in session! First grade and Pre-K are in full swing, here. *Deep Breaths* We can do this! Regardless of how your child is attending school this year, a simple learning space at home can be so helpful. It can be a place for art projects, studying, building legos, or whatever else your children may be interested in.
At our house, virtual learning is in session (at least for now), and these are the things we are using in our classroom. I kept it really simple, I am not a “Pinterest” mom and our home is small. The other half of this room is actually my office. This works great because I am able to work alongside my kids, but it also means we needed something really simple, with space savings. I was able to get almost everything at Walmart and Target, and we spent less than $50 getting this setup. We repurposed a table a shelf we already had (but I have linked similar below) and my son’s school provides the tablet he uses to log in each day.
Creating a Simple Learning Space
- Supply Caddy’s. These hold all of the writing utensils and other small supplies my kids need during their learning time. They are very easy to transport if needed.
- Book Bins. These hold all the books we want at eye level. Our other books stay on the self and I will rotate what is in the bins, as the weeks go on.
- My First pencil. These pencils are nice and round, and help encourage proper placement in the hand. Both my 1st grader and Pre-K kids are using these.
- Bluetooth Headphones. These are a repurposed item for us. My 1st grader got them for his birthday last year and we have used them on road trips and at home. Now he will use them for his small group learning. They do have a cord, for time when Bluetooth may not be available
- ABC Poster. This is such a fun addition to our “classroom” wall. This isn’t out exact one (we got ours at the Target dollar spot) but I have seen many options online.
- Bookshelf. This shelf is another repurposed item for us! It holds all our art and science supplies, as well as our reading library.
- Small Table. Again, a repurpose item, the table we have was actually my husbands when he was younger. My mother in law passed it onto us when my son was a toddler. It has so many uses and is perfect for both my kids to sit and work. I have linked a similar one I found online.
- Composition notebook. My son’s school requires all students to use a color-coded composition notebook (the rest of their work is done on an Ipad). They are inexpensive and the wide lines are perfect for new writers. My preschooler is using one too, and the different colors make it easy to tell which one belongs to them.
It is going to some patience and a lot of grace, to adjust to this new way of learning. Of course, you can do this with things you already have at home, nothing wrong with that. But these few, simple and inexpensive suggestions may make things just a little bit easier.
As always, remember, that you are enough!