Wellness

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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

  1. 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.

  2. Lalo THE PLAY KIT
    Lalo THE PLAY KIT Lalo, $250
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    Sleek, sustainable, and Scandinavian-inspired.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  7. 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…

  8. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Parkland HIGHFIELD SMALL POUCH
    Parkland HIGHFIELD SMALL POUCH Parkland, $10
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    A place for their pens, a home for their highlighters.

  4. 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

  1. 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…

  2. EyeJust BLUE LIGHT BLOCKER
    EyeJust BLUE LIGHT BLOCKER goop, $56
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    …and TikTok breaks.

  3. Rin PLYWOOD TABLET STAND
    Rin PLYWOOD TABLET STAND Yamazaki Home, $20
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    As chic as it is sensible.

  4. 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

  1. UMA PURE CALM
    UMA PURE CALM goop, $85
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    Apply to pulse points and repeat: “Distance learning will not break me…”

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

related reading

  1. Homeschooling Tips, Educational Resources for Parents, and Activities for Kids
    Homeschooling Tips, Educational Resources for Parents, and Activities for Kids
  2. The Four Keys to Mindful Parenting
    The Four Keys to Mindful Parenting
  3. The Parent’s Guide to Healthy Screen Time for Kids
    The Parent’s Guide to Healthy Screen Time for Kids
  4. Coping Mechanisms for Stressed-Out Teenagers
    Coping Mechanisms for Stressed-Out Teenagers
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