Setting Up a Healthy
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, $269SHOP NOW
Breaks down easily, so you can tuck it away in a closet or stow it underneath their bed when it’s not in use.
THE PLAY KIT
Lalo, $250SHOP NOW
Sleek, sustainable, and Scandinavian-inspired.
UPLIFT Desk, $99SHOP NOW
More ergonomic than a bar stool and more comfortable than any desk chair we’ve sat in.
DESK PRO DT20
goop, $399SHOP NOW
What goes up also comes down: It has room for two screens and can be adjusted to their (growing) size.
ADJUSTABLE-HEIGHT ACTIVE LEARNING STOOL
School Outfitters, $110SHOP NOW
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.
THE ORIGINAL SPROUT PENCIL, 8 Pack
Sprout World, $15SHOP NOW
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
goop, $35SHOP NOW
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
goop, $16SHOP NOW
Manifesting, sketching, ideating—this one goes out to all the little thinkers with big dreams.
MARKER SET, 12 PIECES
Mochi Things, $25SHOP NOW
Doodling in class is better when nontoxic markers are involved.
NATURE LOVERS 6-SPIRAL BUNDLE
Decomposition, $49SHOP NOW
The Dough Project
DOUGH IT YOURSELF
The Dough Project, $35SHOP NOW
Make your own batch of plant-based playdough without the chemicals or artificial dyes.
DECOMPOSITION FOLDER, 5-PACK
Decomposition, $20SHOP NOW
And the cutest, most earth-friendly recycled school supplies of the year award goes to…
Kid Made Modern
ARTS AND CRAFTS SUPPLY LIBRARY
Maisonette, $40SHOP NOW
Arts and crafts on crafts on crafts to stretch those imagination muscles.
SPECTRUM WALL PLANNER
Poketo, $48SHOP NOW
As helpful for them as it will be for you. It minimizes that “What day is it, again?” feeling.
The Journal Shop, $12SHOP NOW
Multipurpose boxes made out of recycled newspapers.
Go ahead and get multiples.
HIGHFIELD SMALL POUCH
Parkland, $10SHOP NOW
A place for their pens, a home for their highlighters.
RISATORP WIRE BASKET
IKEA, $13SHOP NOW
Makes cleaning up and transporting school supplies from spot to spot considerably more manageable.
BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING SCREEN PROTECTOR
goop, $35SHOP NOW
Help minimize eye strain during PowerPoint presentations…
BLUE LIGHT BLOCKER
goop, $56SHOP NOW
…and TikTok breaks.
PLYWOOD TABLET STAND
Yamazaki Home, $20SHOP NOW
As chic as it is sensible.
Puro Sound Labs
BT2200s VOLUME LIMITED
Puro Sound Labs, $90SHOP NOW
Studio-grade audio quality with a built-in safeguard: The volume maxes out at eighty-five decibels to protect little ears.
goop, $85SHOP NOW
Apply to pulse points and repeat: “Distance learning will not break me…”
LOROX ALIGNED DOME
goop, $28SHOP NOW
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, $55 for 60/$30 for 30SHOP NOW
Mother’s (or Father’s or Grandma’s or…) little helper.
goop, $119SHOP NOW
Get the kids stoked on their favorite scents, then teach them about each botanical and its benefits.
INDOOR PLANT SUBSCRIPTION
Horti, from $18 a monthSHOP NOW
Everything you need—including care instructions, so they can learn a bit about botany—comes in the box.
The Coloring Method
DAILY SELF BLESSINGS
goop, $16SHOP NOW
More than a meditative break, this coloring book guides kids and adults alike through breathing exercises and self-kindness mantras.
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
Help the Obama Foundation support girls’ education in Vietnam through programs and outreach that get—and keep—girls in school.
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.
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
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
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.