With children attending school virtually or completing their homework at home, it is important to set up an environment that promotes learning for your child’s success while also protecting their body.
Follow these tips when creating a workspace for your child:
- Create a friendly environment: Have their space set up in a quiet and clean area to keep it conducive to learning. Keep pencils, paper and school items nearby to improve their concentration.
- Make sure their set up is child-sized: It is important the table and chair fit your child. His or her feet should be able to touch the ground with their knees and hips at 90 degrees. Their back should be supported and their forearms should rest on their writing surface. Avoid spaces like a couch, under a table or their bed. These may be comfortable reading nooks, but they don’t support active learning.
- Adjust their posture for correct alignment: Make sure your child’s spine is in line to prevent muscle aches. This improves their ability to attend to their work and it supports their handwriting/typing. With your child sitting, look at them from the side. You should be able to follow a vertical line from the inner point of the ear, through the shoulder and through the hips with feet flat on the floor. This is known as 90/90/90 position.
- Offer flexible seating options: Flexible seating provides for variation of sitting postures to engage different muscle groups as well as improve attention. Try standing at the table or sitting on an exercise ball or wiggle disc.
Creating a conducive workspace is just one way to help your child learn. Here are more health tips for successful virtual schooling or doing homework:
- Incorporate exercise into your child’s day: Have your child do simple stretches and hold each stretch for about 30 seconds:
- Stand and touch toes
- Give himself or herself a big hug to stretch out their back
- Rotate neck and tilt to each side
- Tuck chin in
- Flex and extend wrists and elbow
- Take breaks: It is important to incorporate physical “brain breaks” from tasks. Encourage your child to take short breaks to reduce their stress and improve their concentration. For a break from screen time, take a 20 second break every 10 to 20 minutes. Have your child look at something 20 feet away.
- Encourage your child to work during their peak time. Obviously live sessions are a scheduled learning time, but look at how your child’s day is set up and attempt to maximize when they need to move with when they are at peak to learn.
Ultimately having a positive energy will help enhance your child’s learning environment and mentality no matter if they are in the classroom or their classroom is at home. By taking breaks, encouraging movement and making your child’s space fit, your child’s home school and homework will be that much more successful!