Getting Off to a Good Start Tip#2 Create an Organized Workspace
Written by Ellen R.
There are many reasons parents choose Whitmore School; flexible school schedule, social concerns with bullying, athletes and performing artists have a busy travel schedules, the homeschooling parent wants an accredited high school for their child.
Students choose us for different reasons: no school buses or school lunches, no dress code, no social drama. Whatever your reasons, a good start is essential. In this series, we will share tips from parents who have successfully made this transition.
Tip #2: Create an Organized Work-space
You have made the important step of enrolling in Whitmore School. Now what? Our slogan is School – Anytime – Anyplace, and we mean it. But, you know your teen best. Helping your teen create a work-space at home that allows them to stay focused on school and work most effectively, shows them that you recognize the value of their time.
Let’s face it. There is a lot of wasted time in traditional schools: time to walk to the next classroom, time for the teacher to take attendance, time to get the class settled down to begin work. Most of our students tell us that they can complete their school work in 3-4 hours a day. This gives them more time for the other things they love to do whether it is sports, work, music lessons or volunteering. Here are a few great ideas to help your teen set up the most effective place to “go to school.”
- A desk is still an ideal place for your child’s computer. Yes, they have the flexibility to work on their bed, or on the sofa, but sitting at a table or desk is still the best location, especially if your teen tends to be easily distracted. Save the sofa and bed for when your student is reading for pleasure or catching up on emails.
- Limit the distractions. When your child is working, have their cell phone off or in another room. No TV during school time.
- Get creative. One parent told us they created a mini school space in a spare closet. By adding shelving and bulletin board, they created a desk and storage for paper, supplies, etc.. The student decorated the bulletin board with motivating pictures, quotes, and to do lists. Instant organization and a great way to stay focused!
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