eLearning- The New Reality
Over the past year and a half, we have been introduced to eLearning at a whole new level. Remote learning allowed children to continue their education, turning homes into temporary learning environments. As the new school year unfolds, the lessons learned last year may continue to pay off as resources are now available to allow children to learn from home when necessary and to keep students and teachers connected. Even the way we do homework has changed for many students with teachers using online resources to offer easy access to classwork and assignments! Creating connected spaces where students can study and be productive is key to ensuring remote learning is successful, whether it’s for a few days, a few months or just for evening homework sessions!
Why should we create a space for eLearning?
Creating a dedicated, e-learning space is incredibly beneficial to making your child’s educational experience as (somewhat) normal as possible. A remote educational space can help kids focus during school hours and differentiate learning from playtime. Examples of structuring e-learning spaces are everywhere, many from parents making the most of these unprecedented times. According to the Washington Post, “Parents can pick up the ABCs of good home ‘school’ spaces from teachers as well as other education specialists, remodeling contractors and designers, home-schooling websites and other parents who share lessons learned.”
Organization, consistency and a sense of normalcy are just a few of the reasons why experts advise children having a specific space to spend their school day. The space can include a seat for lunch, a spot to hang up their sweaters and even a small new bathroom near their desks and work spaces for use during school hours.
A small bathroom can make a big difference
A new bathroom addition may sound costly and labor-intensive, but it doesn’t have to be. If you want to add a bathroom or a kitchen sink to a space where no below-floor drainage currently exists, above-floor plumbing systems offer an attractive alternative to conventional plumbing, saving both time and expense.
One of the biggest, costliest challenges of traditional plumbing systems involves cutting through concrete floors to install drainage in the e-learning space of your choosing. Above-floor plumbing products avoid such costly modifications and the mess they create, providing a simple solution for adding a half-bath wherever it is most needed. A home school environment can be created in a converted garage, an attic or an unfinished basement; under stairs or inside a closet — spaces where incorporating running water and fixture drainage would normally be difficult.
- Macerating toilet systems (sometimes called up-flush plumbing), such as Saniflo’s Saniaccess 2 or the Sanicompact, will allow you to create a small bathroom with a sink as well as the water closet.
- If all you need is a functioning sink for hand-washing, cleaning school materials or mopping up spills, above-floor drain pumps, like the Saniflo Sanivite or the Saniswift, are a perfect fit.
The common denominator with all of these solutions is their ability to avoid the costly obstacles of traditional plumbing. Their quick and easy installation saves time and money, while sparing your household all the dirt and hassle of tearing up floors. (Who among us needs even more disruption in our daily lives right now?) To learn more about above-floor plumbing and its applications, visit www.saniflo.ca.
You will likely want to be keeping an organized, daily schedule for your young students, one that includes bathroom breaks. Having this new space close to their work stations can make it easier to stick to that routine, be less stressful on your own hard-working schedule, and give your child a sense of independence. This is especially helpful if you and other families are participating in a “learning pod” where multiple classmates can learn alongside each other in your home.
The Key: Adapt to the Moment
The foreseeable future remains a question mark. With vaccine numbers raising and new variants being found, it is possible that we will see more remote learning taking place this school year as well. “The key is creating spaces that can adapt to the needs of the moment,” according to Architectural Digest. Preparing for your child’s current, and possibly extensive, e-learning experience by having a dedicated schooling space, including a conveniently located bathroom, will help these difficult days run just a little more smoothly.
Credit: CANADIAN HOME TRENDS MAGAZINE September 2021