As summer term gets into full lockdown swing, here are our tips to transform your everyday living space into and calm and creative classroom environment. 

TIP 1: DECLUTTER!

Much like in our WFH tips, this is key to productivity.

Clear a designated study area, placing all unnecessary items out of sight. If you can, set up in a quiet corner of the house for a laptop, textbooks and notes. This will make it much easier to focus and the rest of the household can continue life as normal. Check out our range of Pegboards for a stylish organisation solution! And fun stationery and water bottle from Noodoll.

TIP 2: SET UP A 'DESK'

This could be anything from the kitchen work top to the dining table, it's simply important to set up an actual surface space for working, any table clear of clutter where they can sit upright is perfect. And make sure they're sitting comfortably! With feet flat on the floor where possible.

Pictured above is our Wire Mesh Memoboard in the home of Coral from Velveteen Babies, it's a great way to personalise a desk space.

TIP 3: NATURAL LIGHT

As we stated in our WFH guide, natural light is hugely important for productivity and energising us to learn. So if possible, seek out a quiet spot in your home by a window, to make the most of lots of natural light. This will help to fuel the learning and creativity, as demonstrated above by Marjolein Bouhuijzen, follow Marjolein @marjoleinbouhuijzen.

TIP 4: PERSONALISE THE SPACE

Involving the kids in creating their workspace is sure to make them feel inspired to learn. Don't be afraid to use items outside of the traditional classroom set up to furnish the space. Image credit This Modern Life.

Your home classroom should be a fun, personal place to learn. Or, if your children have their own rooms with desks, they might be able to better minimise distractions there. Image above by Furniture Choice.

TIP 5: STATIONERY INSPIRATION

Colourful stationery and supplies go a long way to creating an uplifting work environment. Placing books or art supplies in view will encourage engagement and creativity.

We love the example above from Kat Molesworth. Photographer and founder of Blogtacular Kat uses our Medium Yellow Pegboard above a tempting range of stationery supplies!

Picture above: Marjolein Bouhuijzen.

So now you have the perfect home classroom set up, here are some links to making this term work for you and your children:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/mar/23/let-your-kids-get-bored-emergency-advice-from-teachers-on-schooling-at-home

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/20/teachers-tutors-give-tips-educate-kids-home-coronavirus-school-closures-12425979/

https://www.theschoolrun.com/how-to-create-a-home-learning-environment