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Local parents get creative for distance learning

Posted at 5:17 AM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 11:20:17-04

BAKERSFIELD, CA. — This week many students started the new school year from home and some parents are getting creative.

Local parents are transforming their homes into makeshift classrooms.

“Once I found out that they were going to be online, distance learning it was actually my mom and aunt's idea that I turn one of the rooms into a classroom so I took it upon myself to just do the whole entire room," said Isabelle Kootstra, a local parent.

A local parent took it upon herself to give her 1st and 2nd grade children a classroom experience as close to normal as possible for the new school year.

“I think they were ok with it, just not with the fact that their toys aren't in here anymore, but they have been getting used to it little by little," said Kootstra.

The new set up includes a desk for each child, a calming corner, class expectations, and posters. She says she spent a little over $150 to get it ready.

“I told them, 'hey, you're not going to be in your actual classroom, but I fixed up one of our rooms to feel like a classroom,' so when they're in this room it is learning time and time to focus and listen to our teachers," said Kootstra. "Pretend mom isn’t here, treat it like an everyday classroom."