Setting Up a Healthy Distance-Learning Space

Setting Up a Healthy Distance-Learning Space

Supporting a child of any age in their distance-learning experience is a study in paradox: Keep it flex but stay on schedule; go lo-fi yet hyperfunctional. Now repeat. No one thing—be it a zoomies-taming chair or a notebook with a higher purpose—is the golden ticket to school-from-home success, but a few things can certainly help the cause. Including a space (kitchen tables and living room nooks welcome) that inspires healthy focus. Below, the supplies, gear, and organizational tools with the most potential to help students meet theirs. And a list of programs helping kids who are facing a set of obstacles that goes far beyond stuff.

DESKS + CHAIRS

Work from Home Desks KIDS AT HOME DESK & STOOL
Work from Home Desks
KIDS AT HOME DESK & STOOL
Work from Home Desks, $269

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Breaks down easily, so you can tuck it away in a closet or stow it underneath their bed when it’s not in use.

Lalo THE PLAY KIT
Lalo
THE PLAY KIT
Lalo, $250

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Sleek, sustainable, and Scandinavian-inspired.

UPLIFT Desk ERGONOMIC KNEELING CHAIR
UPLIFT Desk
ERGONOMIC KNEELING
CHAIR
UPLIFT Desk, $99

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More ergonomic than a bar stool and more comfortable than any desk chair we’ve sat in.

InMovement INMOVEMENT STANDING DESK PRO DT20
InMovement
INMOVEMENT STANDING
DESK PRO DT20
goop, $399

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What goes up also comes down: It has room for two screens and can be adjusted to their (growing) size.

Learniture ADJUSTABLE-HEIGHT ACTIVE LEARNING STOOL
Learniture
ADJUSTABLE-HEIGHT ACTIVE LEARNING STOOL
School Outfitters, $110

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Three words: range of motion. It spins. It adjusts. It moves from side to side. All super helpful features if your kid is the wiggly type.

SUPPLIES

Sprout THE ORIGINAL SPROUT PENCIL, 8 Pack
Sprout
THE ORIGINAL SPROUT PENCIL, 8 Pack
Sprout World, $15

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Each plantable pencil contains teeny seedlings, so instead of tossing them in the trash, you can stick them in the soil and watch them bloom into baby herbs.

An Organised Life 2020/2021 MID YEAR WEEKLY DIARY
An Organised Life
2020/2021 MID YEAR
WEEKLY DIARY
goop, $35

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In a year when every day feels like Groundhog Day, there’s this to help keep track of projects, assignments, and of course, breaks.

An Organised Life DREAMER NOTEBOOK
An Organised Life
DREAMER NOTEBOOK
goop, $16

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Manifesting, sketching, ideating—this one goes out to all the little thinkers with big dreams.

Mochi Things RETRACTABLE PERMANENT MARKER SET, 12 PIECES
Mochi Things
RETRACTABLE PERMANENT
MARKER SET, 12 PIECES
Mochi Things, $25

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Doodling in class is better when nontoxic markers are involved.

Decomposition NATURE LOVERS, 6-SPIRAL BUNDLE
Decomposition
NATURE LOVERS 6-SPIRAL BUNDLE
Decomposition, $49

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The Dough Project DOUGH IT YOURSELF
The Dough Project
DOUGH IT YOURSELF
The Dough Project, $35

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Make your own batch of plant-based playdough without the chemicals or artificial dyes.

Decomposition DECOMPOSITION FOLDER, 5-PACK
Decomposition
DECOMPOSITION FOLDER, 5-PACK
Decomposition, $20

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And the cutest, most earth-friendly recycled school supplies of the year award goes to…

Kid Made Modern ARTS AND CRAFTS SUPPLY LIBRARY
Kid Made Modern
ARTS AND CRAFTS SUPPLY LIBRARY
Maisonette, $40

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Arts and crafts on crafts on crafts to stretch those imagination muscles.

organization

Poketo SPECTRUM WALL PLANNER
Poketo
SPECTRUM WALL PLANNER
Poketo, $48

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As helpful for them as it will be for you. It minimizes that “What day is it, again?” feeling.

Midori PULP BOX
Midori
PULP BOX
The Journal Shop, $12

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Multipurpose boxes made out of recycled newspapers.
Go ahead and get multiples.

Parkland HIGHFIELD SMALL POUCH
Parkland
HIGHFIELD SMALL POUCH
Parkland, $10

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A place for their pens, a home for their highlighters.

IKEA RISATORP WIRE BASKET
IKEA
RISATORP WIRE BASKET
IKEA, $13

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Makes cleaning up and transporting school supplies from spot to spot considerably more manageable.

TECH

EyeJust BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING SCREEN PROTECTOR
EyeJust
BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING SCREEN PROTECTOR
goop, $35

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Help minimize eye strain during PowerPoint presentations…

EyeJust BLUE LIGHT BLOCKER
EyeJust
BLUE LIGHT BLOCKER
goop, $56

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…and TikTok breaks.

Rin PLYWOOD TABLET STAND
Rin
PLYWOOD TABLET STAND
Yamazaki Home, $20

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As chic as it is sensible.

Puro Sound Labs BT2200s VOLUME LIMITED BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES
Puro Sound Labs
BT2200s VOLUME LIMITED
BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES
Puro Sound Labs, $90

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Studio-grade audio quality with a built-in safeguard: The volume maxes out at eighty-five decibels to protect little ears.

WELLNESS

UMA PURE CALM
UMA
PURE CALM
goop, $85

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Apply to pulse points and repeat: “Distance learning will not break me…”

OPTP LOROX ALIGNED DOME
OPTP
LOROX ALIGNED DOME
goop, $28

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If your whole household is doing at-home everything, plan family acupressure breaks throughout the day. Or set the kids up with links to Lo’s goop stories so they can try on their own.

goop Wellness NERD ALERT
goop Wellness
NERD ALERT
goop, $55 for 60/$30 for 30

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Mother’s (or Father’s or Grandma’s or…) little helper.

vitruvi Stone Diffuser
vitruvi
Stone Diffuser
goop, $119

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Get the kids stoked on their favorite scents, then teach them about each botanical and its benefits.

Horti INDOOR PLANT SUBSCRIPTION
Horti
INDOOR PLANT SUBSCRIPTION
Horti, from $18 a month

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Everything you need—including care instructions, so they can learn a bit about botany—comes in the box.

The Coloring Method DAILY SELF BLESSINGS
The Coloring Method
DAILY SELF BLESSINGS
goop, $16

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More than a meditative break, this coloring book guides kids and adults alike through breathing exercises and self-kindness mantras.

give back

DonorsChoose

DonorsChoose

Donate directly to the projects teachers need funded. Choose a school in your city or a subject close to your heart and look for donation-matching opportunities that double your contribution.

Room to Read Obama Foundation Partnership

Room to Read Obama Foundation Partnership

Help the Obama Foundation support girls’ education in Vietnam through programs and outreach that get—and keep—girls in school.

This is About Humanity

This is About Humanity

Border-crossing, cross-functional, and family-focused, TIAH raises awareness for separated and reunified families at the US-Mexico border, leads fund-raising efforts, and educates allies on the US asylum system. And now, it’s also providing kids at the border with the tools they need to keep up with their studies.

Yoobi

Yoobi

Supply a student in need with essential school supplies. Sending a full kit costs $18, and individual items like pencils and scissors cost as little as $2—an easy number to carve out of a kid’s allowance if they’re ready to make their first donation.

Para Los Niños

Para Los Niños

An organization that cares for the whole child: Para Los Niños uses donations to provide Wi-Fi connections, school supplies, and fresh food for families in need.

The Schoolbox Project

The Schoolbox Project

By transforming unused, available spaces—from shipping containers to sidewalks—into classrooms in refugee camps and crisis situations, The Schoolbox Project provides children with trauma-informed education and art and play programs.

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