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Making Space for Virtual Learning

This fall, families are having to come to terms with "back to school," being very different than previous years. Most schools in Hampton Roads have started their year off virtually or with a hybrid of virtual and in-person learning. There are so many new factors parents have to consider: scheduling, working out of the home, childcare, multiple children with different needs, oversight of online assignments, and more. Every family has different dynamics to orchestrate, and it can feel overwhelming and stressful.

If you haven’t already, creating a designated workspace for your child can help ease some of the angst of virtual learning. Creating some structure helps. I know I feel most prepared for the day when my workspace is in order and comfortable.

Here are a few tips to making a fantastic space for your kids to "go to school."

  • Location. Find an area in the home where your child can concentrate yet still be in sound supervision. We converted a closet in our home office into a workspace for our daughter. It gives her a sense of privacy while we are still close by to help.
  • Comfort. Consider your child’s workspace and sitting area. Is the desk or work table at a correct height? Is the chair comfortable? What is the temperature in the room? Is there enough lighting?
  • Organization. Having a system for your child to stay organized can be a lifesaver. Try using a desk calendar or a wall filing system for different subjects, and set up something, such as a bookcase, to store supplies. The key is to make it easy and functional. What would work for your child?
  • Personalize it. Make the space fun. Help your child decorate it with some learning posters, a magnetic board with pictures of friends, or anything that makes your child feel good.

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About Adrianna and Ryan Walden

About Adrianna and Ryan  Walden Ryan and Adrianna Walden have been married for 14 years. The two met when she was working for an arena football team in Norfolk where he was playing football. Ryan is a service coordinator with the Chesapeake Early Intervention Program and Adrianna is a Licensing Specialist for Children's Programs. Both have enjoyed teaching CHKD’s "Happiest Baby" class together for the past eight years. Together they have one daughter, who despite early health issues, is now a thriving and happy school-age child. The Walden's also lead a weekly community group through their church for married couples and their children.