A Designer's Tips for Creating an Effective Homeschooling Space

August 31, 2020
Child taking notes while watching virtual lesson
By shangarey

Children need an enriching, separated, yet internet capable area for which they can successfully learn at home. One home designer tells Forbes that while all these are necessities, homeowners do not need to have an entirely separate room to accomplish this. Instead, they should follow these doable tips. A kitchen, for one, is a no-no due to its role as a hub of family activity. Dining rooms and designated spots in bedrooms can work well as they are situated away from the home’s hustle and bustle. Parents should follow these tips as well for their own work from home situation, though should understand a child’s need for whimsical, imaginative features.

David Boronkay is the principal of Slocum Hall Design Group, an architecture and interior design firm in Watertown, Massachusetts. He started the company about 8 years ago and has distinguished himself for a number of projects, including historic restorations and a modern iteration of the Prairie Style in a Boston suburb.

“Home classrooms are no longer a luxury; they are a necessity,” he says.  “No longer just a place for homework and after-school get-togethers, you’ll need a space where it’s possible to focus, and to learn.”

Boronkay knows that families today do not have the equivalent of the mythic Victorian attic-level schoolroom, so he advocates creative dual-use solutions.

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