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Creating A Positive Learning Environment For Your Kids

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You may have chosen to homeschool your children or you may like to support their ongoing education with a dedicated reading and homework nook. Either way, there can be little doubt that the creation of a positive learning environment will transform your home for the better.

A place where young minds, curiosity, creativity, and fun will be nurtured. This space can involve the whole family in your child’s educational journey; as you read, complete projects, or master complex problems and their solutions together. This positive learning environment will become a space that you continually return to as your child reaches, and conquers those massive milestones. Such a space will become a welcome retreat; a place in which inspiration and resourcefulness run riot away from the hubbub of the home environment.

And you needn’t empty your savings pot or move home to create a perfect learning environment for your children. In fact, transforming your home could be a lot easier than you think.

Creating A Positive Learning Environment For Your Kids

Identify the right room or space

Your whole home has the potential to become a positive learning environment for your child. They are likely to flourish with just a few small changes to your living arrangements. You might want to create a corner for your little one to return to when they want to focus on a particular task or project.

Is there a room, corner, or nook that immediately springs to mind? This area doesn’t need to dominate your home or room. But it should provide a quiet place in which your child can focus and complete tasks, away from distractions such as television and toys.

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Getting into the right frame of mind

This new positive learning environment will also rely on your child’s mindset as he or she settles down to work. Use toys, games and television as a treat. And keep their presence limited to times when your child is not attempting to complete work, read, or enjoy a little creativity.

Temperature is also important; ensure your home is not too hot, or too cold. Finally, consider lighting. Natural lighting can be both inspirational and empowering, so make the most of it wherever you can within your home. Tier on Tier shutters are a great way to allow natural light into your home. They also limit noise from the street outside and control the temperature on particularly hot or cold days.

Cut down on clutter

The old phrase, tidy home, tidy mind is particularly applicable when it comes to creating a positive learning environment. Piles of clutter can be very distracting for parents and their children.

Your whole home has the potential to become a positive learning environment if you’re able to use clever storage. Hanging baskets for soft toys, a toy chest or two, and shelving units are popular ways to cut down on clutter. Of course, regular trips to the recycling centre and charity shops can also work wonders.

Accessorise your learning environment

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Your children should have access to everything they need to knuckle down and work. The chances are you’ve already invested in your little one’s academic successes with books, stimulating toys, and educational apps. These items are integral to your child’s development and education.

If you’re to create a positive home learning environment you might like to think about other accessories that your little one will adore, including star charts, a globe, posters and prompts, educational CDs and DVDs, and visual aids. We’ve found wooden toys to be particularly engaging, as learning through play is particularly important.

Celebrate achievements

Galleries of art and schoolwork, certificates and stickers will remind your child that a little hard work and application can go a long, long way. Meanwhile, praise and constructive feedback encourage little ones to engage with the subjects at hand.

A positive learning environment is as much about the energy and reassurance that you provide as it is the colour of the walls or placement of books and toys. Choose your words wisely.  Gentle utterances and words of encouragement usually resonate with little ones over to do more and to try harder than they’re currently able to.

Your creation of a positive home learning environment is likely to play a crucial role in your child’s academic and personal development. It will encourage them to identify and seize opportunities at every turn.

Your home’s learning area needn’t take up an entire room of your home. The act of making a few, simple alterations to your home’s lighting, storage, and use of space could transform any corner into a perfect nook for study. Indeed, your whole home has the potential to nurture talent, independent learning, and imagination.

How do you make sure that your kids have a positive environment for learning?

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Lucy

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