How to Create a Good Study Space for your Child
The “Back to School” lists have been printed… and maybe you’ve tackled some of the shopping already. Our Young America crew of parents loves back-to-school shopping. It’s an exciting time for your child; it’s a fresh start. And there’s something about those crispy, new folders and binders; pink and pencil-top erasers, scads of #2 pencils; countless college-ruled notebooks. We love the colors, graphics, textures. Thinking about all that is to come during the school year fills parents with anticipation; the possibilities are exciting and a child’s enthusiasm is too.
And where will the copious school supplies reside for easy access and organization? Rather than finding them strewn from here to there (and everywhere!), why not create a good study space in your home? Find a little time during these final days of summer to organize a special place for your child to sit down quietly; carve out a spot where your child can do his or her homework away from household hubbub. An organized desk or work surface with easy access to a sharp pencil, pink eraser, or fresh piece of paper are keys to helping your child develop great study habits.
1. Choose a spot a bit removed from the beaten paths of your home… at a desk in their bedroom, a designated corner in a playroom, or a built-in desk in the kitchen. Wherever it works for you in your house.
2. Talk with your child(ren) and find out what may be best for them. Getting your child involved in the planning may produce greater buy-in for them to actually use the designated space. Make it “their” place and chances are good they’ll love it. Accessorize it for personality and hang their artwork.
3. Consider setting up a desk or tabletop hutch, open shelves or simple cubbies and stock them with necessary items for an effective homework station. Desktop or wall mounted file holders or freestanding drawers work well too, and make sure the lighting is warm and bright. A little soft music can help them focus and get their reading, writing and math done.
4. Bottom line? use your imagination, be practical and have fun.
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