This Bow-Tie-Wearing First Grader's Virtual School Setup Is Even Better Than the Real Thing

As many students prepare to begin the new school year with online classes because of the COVID-19 pandemic, an Arkansas first-grader's parents set him up with a realistic classroom that puts some real-life classrooms to shame.

Yay! I was able record it for family and friends!I have been in awe and completely “distracted” ALL day with all the...

Posted by Ashley Latimer on Monday, August 24, 2020

Bryce Latimer started first grade on Monday, and in an effort to make the start of his virtual school year feel normal, his parents put a lot of work into creating a mini-classroom in their own home, complete with posters that you'd expect to see in an elementary school classroom.

The first-grader took the atmosphere a step further by wearing his school uniform to the virtual class. "I want to wear my uniform because my class has to wear them," he told local news outlet WKYC.

Bryce's parents, Mike and Ashley Latimer, told WKYC that they "wanted [online learning] to feel as normal as possible," which is why they built the home classroom. In a public Facebook post, Ashley wrote that the couple "both do try our best as parents! His education is a team effort!"

Posters around Bryce's pop-up classroom include information about punctuation, homophones and sentence structure. His parents told WKYC that the posters were designed in photoshop.

On whiteboards, his parents wrote encouraging words for him to kick off the school year, including "1st Grade Ready" and "Happy 1st Day of First Grade."

Newsweek reached out to Ashley Latimer via Facebook message but did not receive a response in time for publication.

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many teachers and parents have shared their virtual and home classroom setups on Twitter, where students will get their education for the foreseeable future. Many teachers and faculty members showed virtual classrooms and offices, complete with Bitmoji avatars of the teachers.

Happy first day of 1st grade to my baby! 🍎👩‍👦 pic.twitter.com/SPcauFAvjZ

— Megan Braden-Perry ✍🏽 (@MeganDoesNOLA) August 17, 2020

We’re almost ready to welcome students to our virtual classroom! #TeamTeasley pic.twitter.com/cnsGEOrWWj

— Teasley Elementary School Counseling (@TESCounselors) August 17, 2020

On Sunday, model and author Chrissy Teigen shared that even though she and her husband John Legend would be bringing in a professional, they still went all out for a home classroom. Teigen wrote that she and her husband would cover their children's cooking and music educations, respectively. She also offered to buy supplies for teachers that shared their wishlists with her.

"Today I cleared 50 entire lists and countless extra items were purchased from lovely people just passing through. Will do more this week and would love to focus on struggling districts and special needs," Teigen wrote in a tweet.

We are absolutely bringing in a professional but I’ve got cooking, john’s got music, grandma has...day drinking. It will be a great school year

— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 23, 2020

Oh look at the soft rock cozy reading area! Ok just proud and excited pic.twitter.com/VRuwvei8hI

— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 23, 2020

Ok here is book wall! pic.twitter.com/OCgkaGP9Qh

— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 23, 2020
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A "back to school" message is displayed at the entrance to Kellie Goodall's (not pictured) empty classroom as she teaches an online eighth grade English class at Walter Johnson Junior High School on the first day of distance learning for the Clark County School District amid the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on August 24, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. An Arkansas student began his first day of remote learning in the first grade with a full classroom setup that his parents made that resembles a real classroom. Getty/Ethan Miller