Episode 21. Creating a space for children to learn with Sonja Walker

Episode 21. Creating a space for children to learn with Sonja Walker

Spaces. They influence every part of our lives – our health, wealth and happiness. Each week on the Spaces podcast, Sam Buckby shares the insights of leading building and design experts to help make our buildings smarter and create healthier and happier spaces.

On this episode, we welcome the Founder and Director of ‘Kids First Children Services’. At the time of recording this episode, we were in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a teacher, Sonja gives us some excellent advice around creating spaces in our homes for our children to learn.

In this episode, we discuss also discussed:

  • -Sonja is a teacher and works for Kids First Children Services.
  • -Sonja’s husband was diagnosed with cancer last year, so she is in an at-risk household.
  • -The switch to Telehealth and online services at Kids First Children Services’.
  • -Sonja tells us how to create a functional space for children to learn at home.
  • -As adults, we need to be aware of the mental capacity of children of all ages.
  • -Sonja encourages parents to consider the thoughts and feelings of our children and giving them a say in the changes to their daily lives.
  • -Tweaking our homes and becoming flexible is the key to normality.
  • -Sonja explains it is important to give children structure, as well as room to move.
  • -Sonja walks us through creating a visual schedule.
  • -Asking yourself ‘will this matter in 5 years’ and taking a step back to see the big picture.
  • -The importance of a child’s feet touching the floor while learning.
  • -Sonja encourages us to be as gentle on ourselves as possible during this time.
  • -Although educational progress is important, what matters more is the mental health of our children.
  • -The future for the work and school spaces when we return to normality.
  • -Sonja’s ‘Lost In Space’ question shootout.

Enjoy this week’s Spaces episode with Sonja Walker


Kids First Children Services

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