To prepare your student for a fun and successful school year ahead, make sure their “classroom” is organized and optimized for learning. Your student’s home classroomhome classroom should be tidy and clean but also converted into a space where they feel comfortable, inspired, and motivated to work. This is an especially important step for how to start online schooling for high school, since high school-age students exist in a critical time of development for deciding “who they are and want to be”—and their space can be a big part of that vision.
Taking the extra step of adding new organizational tools or furniture can help transform a space into a new and improved learning environment. Assemble-it-yourself furniture is a great, affordable way to furnish the at-home learning environment. But if that's not in your budget, try a yard sale! A battered bookshelf bought at a yard sale can become a perfect storage area for school supplies in just an afternoon with a can of spray paint in a pretty color.
You can add a youthful dash of fun by repurposing unexpected materials into storage bins—such as cookie jars or bright, shiny buckets labeled with the name (or a picture, for younger students) of the bin's contents. Colorful "milk crates" can be stacked or placed on shelves, then stocked with color-coded file folders where you and your student can sort learning materials by subject—whatever allows your student to customize their space and feel at ease, inspired, and ready to learn!