Providing your child with a dedicated work space is one of the most important ways to inspire learning, build good study habits and teach organizational skills. In order to be focused and efficient, kids need a place that is free from household clutter and distractions, where they can sit down, get right to work, and have access to the tools they need. Over the summer, assess the situation in your household to ensure the success of your children this coming school year. If you don’t have an appropriate study area, here are a few tips to help you create one:
* Choose a space that is inviting, comfortable, and just for the child (the kitchen or dining room table is not sufficient).
* Provide a surface (desk or table) large enough to spread out books and papers.
* Lighting is important – choose a spot with natural light if possible, enhanced by a desk lamp.
* If there is enough room, the addition of a bookcase and comfortable chair or bean bag, is ideal to encourage reading.
* Have all the necessary supplies handy and organized in reachable containers (paper, pencils, pens, markers, glue sticks, scissors, ruler, etc.).
* Decorate the area using colors that appeal to your child, adding fun and attractive accessories.
* Remember this is your child’s space so gear it to their age and interests.
* Other accessories to consider: a bulletin board or white board, calendar, wastebasket, and a clock or timer.
* Establish a homework routine that works with your child’s schedule.
* Talk to your child about your expectations and hold them accountable.
Most children (just like adults), function better with some routines and structure in place. And when paired with a fun and inviting space to work you will be encouraging the best from your child.