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How to Create a Good Environment for Learning
As we set out on a new year of school, I like to ask myself how can I create a good environment for learning. I know this looks different for everyone because of age variation, grades, learning abilities and the list goes on.
I also think there are a few solid core aspects that everyone can embrace to create a good environment for learning…I think there are some tried and true tips I’d like to share.
1- Think about your Lighting
I know this sounds kind of random…but if you think about it having a well-lit area will bring energy and a boost to the environment around you. White light can help kids focus for school work, reading or homework! Lighting has a huge impact on our mood and can affect how productive one is or how one can feel.
Philips Hue is a smart lighting system that allows me to have full control over every aspect of our home lighting. I use the Hue app on my smartphone to personalize our lighting and I can choose from 16 million colors or every shade of white light to match our mood, support environment and activities. A big plus…I can also control our Hue lighting with my voice – I just ask Amazon Alexa.
We have started with the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance starter kit. I think this is the best way to get started with smart lighting because it gives you everything you need to outfit a room…
A bridge, which is the heart of the Hue system. It allows for the app-based control of the Hue lights.
An Ethernet cable to connect the bridge to your wireless router, and a power cord to plug the bridge into any standard outlet.
Four A19 standard-size LED light bulbs capable of emitting 16 million colors or 50,000 shades of white light. You can install the bulbs in any standard, indoor light fixture.
Installation is easy-peasy! The app takes you step-by-step and within seconds I (did you catch that I- Mrs. Technically challenged!) set it up!!!
- You can create rooms where you set up the lighting how you’d like that room.
- You can use pre-sets they already have set for certain moods of lighting
- You can schedule lighting to dim at certain times or come on and then become bright.
- The options are endless when it comes to lighting needs.
2- Consider an area that has the least amount of distractions
Even as an adult I get side tracked with the smallest distractions…so I keep in mind that my little one even more so. If that means shutting the blinds, having a clean space, no toys out around us or even turning OFF our devices…I take all of this into consideration when we sit down in our learning environment.
3- Create a quiet environment
This goes hand in hand with above…but I just wanted to reiterate…turn off the tv’s, music, devices etc. Even in the rooms around you…all of the noise creates a hazed environment with distractions. Keep a quiet learning environment..it’s good for the soul to have quiet!
(For our school/learning lighting I use Philips Hue’s Concentrate scene, which makes our lighting a cooler white to enhance learning and concentration!)
4- Strive for a positive and peaceful environment
We all know…if you are going to say something negative…well don’t say it…but if you need to always create a positive to go with it. A positive, encouraging and cheerful environment will create an exciting environment well children won’t dread putting down their “things” to learn.
Do you have any other tips or ideas on creating a good environment for learning? I am all about helping one another grow and strive for bigger and better things!!!
Hi I’m Erin a Southern mama from South Mississippi, owner and chief editor of Sixth Bloom a blog helping mom-tographers capture their kiddos and life, as well as talking all things home, parenting and how we navigate through life. You will find me living life to the fullest with my mister (aka husband) and our little three year old preschooler, Miss E, in our 500+ sq foot cottage as we build our dream house on our two acres! We are blessed beyond measure… we love to travel and love being involved in ministry opportunities at our church.