Give the Kids a Learning Space of Their Own

 

Another school year is almost here. Students and their parents always start with the best of intentions—early bedtimes, perfect attendance, and completing homework daily—but this can be hard to keep up. Why not set up your kids for success now? A home learning area may be the answer.

Here’s how to carve out a dedicated learning space in your home to support your kids’ scholastic goals:

Remove distractions

When picking a location, consider potential distractions. The family room couch may be comfortable, but the TV is just a click away. The kitchen table provides a good working surface, but dinner prep will play havoc with concentration. The ideal space should be quiet and free of distractions, but convenient enough so that you can check in regularly. Your child’s phone shouldn’t be in the work space, but do provide regular phone breaks.

Consider ergonomics

If your student has to strain to see or hunches over to work, he or she won’t learn effectively. Lights should be bright (but not fluorescent). A chair should be the right size and should support your child’s back, forearms, and hands. The computer should be at the right height; buy wrist supports if necessary.

Make it useful

Don’t give your child any reason not to use the space. Stock up on school supplies and ensure they’re accessible. If necessary, add a power bar for the printer, lights, and other extras. A special cubby for your student to store assignments will keep clutter down. And a clock, though old-fashioned, helps you keep track of homework time.

Let your child help

Finally, as Houzz.com suggests, involve your child in the process. If kids feel they’ve played a role in creating the space, they will be more likely to use it. Encourage your child to provide opinions on the location, and pick items to personalize the space.