Each student has an ideal ecosystem in which to learn. For public school students, it’s often a classroom for eight hours per day sitting in quiet with 30 other students. For online homeschool students, the learning environment is not a classroom but a living room or a study. It then becomes the parent or guardian’s responsibility to help each student find his or her best learning environment. It’s the student’s responsibility to honestly (and respectfully) communicate what variables in the environment are and are not working for them, all the while doing the schoolwork to the best of his or her ability.
One of the advantages that homeschooling families have is the ability to design a learning space for their students in their own home. Social media sources like Pinterest and online blogs are full of ideas for homeschool organization. These sources often emphasize the importance of designing a learning space that fits the needs of your family.
Today, I would like to take this idea one step further and suggest that the ideal learning space may not be the same for each family member. What is seen as ideal by a parent may not in fact be ideal for a student. What qualifies as an ideal learning space may even differ from child to child.