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Setting Up a Happy Distance-Learning Space

Setting Up a Happy Distance-Learning Space

Supporting a child of any age in their distance-learning experience definitely brings up some questions. Where do you give kids their own personal space while also keeping an eye on them? How do you ensure their own zoom classes aren’t within an earshot of your own at-work zoom? What steps do you need to create a space that is flexible and fun to inspire a love of learning?

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite ideas to support you during this extraordinary time.

  • A defined space. It can be a desk and chair set up in their own room or your own dining room converted to school. For sanity sake of both you and your kids, pack up the school day when the last zoom ends so that the space is brought back to a place of family meal time and the school day closes until morning.
  • A healthy focus. Now here is where the new distance learning has us all becoming more scheduled and organized than ever. When you’re focused on a project at hand, that is where you put all your attention. So if it is math time, time to be at your desk.
  • Get outside & enjoy lunch as if you’re “at school” or “at work” with your kids. If it is “recess” – get outside and take a nature walk, play catch in the backyard or get your wiggles out with a fun family “brain break” activity. When lunch time comes, get your kitchen in gear as cafeteria. As our team includes working parents, one shared that she gets lunch delivered just in time for lunchtime. It feels like a luxury but sure has helped her manage well between work and an at-home distance learner.

For an expert resource on creating the best at-home learning space, check out this article on Parents Magazine.

We’ve rounded up some design-forward at-home learning spaces to inspire and added a collection of homes under $1.5K in Carmel Valley that have room to learn and grow. This family-focused town combines the best in schools with easy coastal access to toes in the sand. Enjoy! See the properties HERE.

*Images from The Home Edit, Brooke Wagner Interior Design and Parents Magazine


Garret Milligan

A lifelong resident of Rancho Santa Fe, Garret was raised in a family deeply integrated in the historic and vibrant community. Garret developed an affinity for the real estate industry at a young age by observing his mother—one of the community’s most successful real estate agents for more than 30 years—and learning the secrets to becoming a personable, yet results-oriented Realtor. He became the youngest partner in an elite luxury real estate legacy in ‘the Ranch’ in 2012 and quickly honed his skills, developed a vast network of industry resources, and built an impressive list of satisfied clients.

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