5 Ways to Design Your Home for Students’ Home-Based Learning

Primary 1 to 5 students will be back to full home-based learning from September 27 to October 6, as part of the Ministry of Education’s response to the sharp spike in Covid-19 community cases. This includes Special Education schools offering the national curriculum.

If your kids are part of this group, set up a conducive classroom for them in your living room, kitchen or home office with these five home design tips. 

1. Designate a space based on your child’s learning preferences

Set up a conducive classroom for your kids in your living room, kitchen or home office. 

When finding the balance between work and play, designating spaces where your kids can focus on their tasks for the day is extremely important. 

However, each kid learns and focuses differently. One may prefer complete silence when studying, in which case a spare room may be the best learning space for him or her.

Others may focus better with ambient sounds playing in the background, so the living room or dining area may be better suited for them.

If there’s more than one child at home back for remote learning, invest in some extra desks and chairs so all can have a conducive learning environment. 

2. Prioritise function over aesthetics

When it comes to creating an ideal space for your kids to learn, function should outweigh style. 

When it comes to creating an ideal space for your kids to learn, function should outweigh style. 

A mid-century modern study table may fit perfectly the theme of your home, but it may not be ergonomically suitable for a young student. Minidesk offers height-adjustable tables perfect for lower primary children as they grow up. 

You don’t always have to compromise style for function either. Furniture brands such as Fortytwo build stylish study tables fitted with functional shelves and drawers for extra storage. 

3. Declutter and create space for a better learning environment 

Declutter and create space for a better home-based learning environment for your kids.

There may be some space constraints at home, though, if you are still working from home. So designating a new space for your child may be challenging. 

You may pack them away in storage boxes or rent a personal storage space for some unused items, even if it’s just for the duration that your kids are back to home-based learning. 

Self-serve storage providers such as Yellow Co have rental spaces for as low as $60 a month. 

4. Let your child express and personalise 

Encourage your kid to decorate their learning space by hanging artwork that they’ve done in school or adding simple DIY decorations.

What’s one thing your kids can do at home that they can’t at school? Adding their personal touch to their desks! 

Any type of drawing, colouring or painting on school property, even one as small as a desk, can be considered vandalism. But not at home.

Encourage your kid to decorate their learning space by hanging artwork that they’ve done in school or adding simple DIY decorations. These can add more life and colour into their learning space, and act as visual cues to keep them inspired and motivated in class. 

5. Good lighting helps reduce eye fatigue 

Natural and artificial lighting can improve your kid’s brain performance. 

We know we’ve said this time and time again, but lighting is the key to enhanced productivity. Multiple studies have proven that natural and artificial lighting has the ability to improve one’s brain performance. 

In contrast, low light induces sleep and can cause mild to severe eye strains, which can distract your kid in class. As his or her eyesight is still developing, it’s essential to keep their eyes healthy by providing the best lighting in their learning space. 

While it may sound idyllic to place the study table to face the outdoor scenery, looking at a screen with an even brighter background causes significant eye strain. Instead, fix the table perpendicular to the window to reduce glare while at the same time still having a full view of your neighbourhood or nature.


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Looking at his vivid and striking photos, it is quite difficult to grasp that Lee Yik Keat’s passion for photography was something he discovered by accident.

“It started out as a curiosity. Back when Instagram just launched, I was roaming around with a phone and that’s how I started. Little did I know that I would really have the passion for it. It only took six months!” he said.

And to think the now full-time photographer, who has 1.1 million followers on his Instagram account, used to study aerospace electronics. 

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The way light hits a room is one of the key things Lee Yik Keat looks for in a home as it helps him get ample creative flow.

Could you describe your photography style and where you get your inspiration from?

I would say my style is documenting daily life in a visually cinematic way. I take inspiration from everyday life, even the little details in between, such as how food-stall owners interact with one another. Anything that is human-centred in this digital era inspires me.

How did you teach yourself to get better photos?

Everything online! It involved a lot of scrolling on social media to see what people have been shooting over the years and how they evolved, so I know which stage I am at now and how much more I need to work on my framing, composition or colouring, among others.

What do you like most about being a photographer? What is the most difficult part about being one?

The ability to immortalise moments is my favourite. The most difficult part about being a photographer for me is probably the struggle to share difficulties with everyone.

Which photographers have influenced you and your work and how?

I really love Alex Webb’s work, he makes street photography so organised within the chaos; this is what I want to achieve too in my street works.

To Yik Keat, a house is not a home if it feels empty on the inside. So for him, a home is where people whom he cherishes are at.

Why do you think your photos resonate with so many followers?

I believe it is a mix of the tonality of the pictures and how real they are. I don’t take photographs that extravagantly boost the quality of life. I show reality in everyday moments.

What gears or software do you use to take your photos?

I take my pictures with Canon gears and use Macbook and Adobe for all things editing.

What is your advice to others who feel like they don’t have a passion or any talent?

Don’t fret or be disappointed because many people find their passion only when they are older. So, the age at which you find your passion does not matter. What matters is what you want to achieve through your passion and how you spend your time to pull it off.

Where is your studio? Is it a home studio?

I don’t have a studio, but I’m currently renting an apartment in the central area. The modernity of a home and how light hits a room are two of the most important factors for me as it helps me get ample creative flow and inspiration from the space that I have.

What does home mean to you?

A house is not a home if it feels empty on the inside. So for me, a home is where people whom you cherish are at.


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