• Charlotte Crosley

Setting up your home school

We’re all in this together….so I thought I’d give you my top tips on making space for home learning.

It doesn’t matter if you live in a mansion or a maisonette, space is always at a premium when we’re all ‘working at home’. And I don’t just mean the physical space, you may find yourself needing a little more ‘me time‘ right now, so I’ve jotted down my ideas for making this time as enjoyable as possible.

I started with the physical space, a fixed space for my 9-year-old and I, to complete school work. It’s literally a space next to me, at my desk with my PC. It’s fully equipped with paper, pencils and everything they need to complete the academic side of schooling. We have a ‘to do’ file and an ‘all done’ file, which we clear away after each school day, so we’re set and ready for the next day.

I used an old jam jar as a pen and pencil pot and when we need to get creative, we will decorate our folders and jam jars, make our own school logo and use our imagination to create our home school. For our more fun and creative school sessions, I have a large plastic sheet which goes down on my kitchen table where we paint, make and create a variety of things, from a module clay iron age settlement, to a coloured in heart for a larger school project. It’s a pick up and shack it out method being used here, so a newspaper, old bed cover or tablecloth would work just as well.

What I have found though, is that moving from one spot to the other, helps with the motivation, for both of us! So where possible divide up the academic space and the creative space so there’s a clear difference in the environment.

That brings me to the mental space we all need now. Take some time for yourself every day, even if it’s only for a cup of tea on the doorstep (yes, I done that a few times). Everyone in the house will be affected if you don’t take time to allow you mind to clear. There’s a never-ending list of ‘to do’s’ that’s life! But there is no life without living, so have that cuppa, process your thoughts and put your ‘me time’ at the top of that to do list!