Tips For Using a Garden Building for Teaching Kids at Home
A garden building could be a perfect space for teaching kids at home. A new garden building might not be forefront in your thoughts right now. But with the kids home from school and our lives altered in a range of ways, a new garden building could be just what you need to make things easier.
Here are a few tips for using a garden building for teaching kids at home:
Set Up Separate Space for Learning
One of the challenges in keeping kids learning at home is creating separate zones for learning and for other elements of daily life. Of course, the kitchen table or even the living room floor can be a place for learning.
But in a busy family home, communal spaces like kitchens and living rooms can be crowded and frenetic. It can be challenging to keep kids focused when there is so much else going on. This is where a garden building can really come into its own. In the relative tranquillity of your garden, an outside structure can create a haven for home learning.
Turning a garden building into a dedicated space for reading, art, science or other learning pursuits can be a great idea. It can help create the idea that the time for learning has begun, and help you to maintain some form of schedule to keep kids moving forwards. Whether you are working with them, or they are quietly learning alone, a garden building can make learning a lot easier.
Tailor The Space To Your Individual Kids
How exactly you set up the inside of your garden building for teaching kids will depend on their needs, tastes, ages and inclinations. Remember – all kids learn differently. The type of learner they are will determine which approach will be best.
If your kids learn well from books, for example, you might turn your garden building into a little library or reading nook.
If they are very visual, creative types, you might create a garden studio for all your home art and craft projects.
Those who learn best through doing may thrive if you set up the space to allow your kids to undertake practical experiments, to make and build.
Creating a flexible space that can be customised as you go along to provide for a range of different lessons is a great idea. For example, think about furniture that can be folded away to make floor space for bigger projects. Whatever you do inside your garden building, be sure to keep your individual kids in mind.
Make Learning Fun
Don’t be tempted to try to rigidly recreate a school environment at home. Even those with the best intentions will find that teaching kids themselves just isn’t the same. Even kids who do very well in a traditional school environment may not be as amenable when you try to enforce the same strict rules at home.
While it is important to keep kids learning – remember that learning can take a range of different forms. A garden building could be a space not only to keep up with maths and basic literacy. It could also be a place for your kids to learn vitally important life skills. Perhaps, for example, you could use a garden building to teach them how to grow, cook and preserve their own food. Perhaps you could teach them how to mend a bike, sew on a button, or take on some DIY projects together. Teaching by stealth through enjoying fun projects together can be far more effective than forcing them to sit at a desk with books in front of them.
Open the Doors and Connect With Nature
Remember, nature is an amazing teaching. Sometimes, all you have to do is make sure that kids forge a connection with the natural world. Opening the doors of your garden building and connecting with plant and animal life in your garden can be an amazing way to teach kids about the natural world – without them even realising they are learning.
Learn the names of plants together, see which birds or bugs are there, and learn to understand more about life on earth simply by observing your surroundings.
Don’t Over-Schedule – Give Kids Space
Finally, when trying to teach kids at home, remember not to over-schedule. Boredom can be a surprisingly useful thing in childhood. Managing and filling every moment can actually do more harm than good. As a parent, understand when to step back and give kids some breathing space. They need time to think, ponder, and let their imaginations soar. A special garden den could be the perfect place for them to do so.
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