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.
image: Young America myHaven Computer Desk
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Redefining the “Study Hall” for Tweens and Teens
Getting your tween or teen ready for school? An inspired bedroom with a good desk may help inspire your student to focus and learn. Create a calm and inviting “study hall” for your daughter or son with deep, rich colors and timeless furniture styles. Simple, beautiful furnishings in a brightly-lit room provide a soothing retreat. Free of distraction, you’re giving your child a gift: a place to rest, recharge and set their own pace. A Young America Sleigh Bed paired with an All Seasons Computer Desk, Hutch and Student Chair creates a balance that’s just right. Shown here in Young America finish Merlot. Made in USA.
Back to School with At Home in Arkansas magazine
Thank you At Home in Arkansas magazine for including Young America furniture in the August 2012 edition. We enjoyed “At Home Style: Back To School”. The article features a young girl’s bedroom (see below) with an Isabella Vanity Computer Desk with a Decorative Student Chair surrounded by Dana Open Bookcases connected by a Dana Storage Hutch.
Get Ready for School by Going Mobile: Hee, Hoo! Beep, Beep!
Everything is going MOBILE these days - why not a desk too? The Young America Dana Scooter Desk is a free-wheeling bedroom or study space companion. It’ll move wherever your young student may want to go! It’s on smooth inline skate wheels and ready to roll. It even fits over most beds for a sick day, work surface or a comfy breakfast-in-bed. If you’re old enough to remember Pete Townshend (The Who), then you may remember this upbeat song Goin’ Mobile… included below as tribute to a mobile study space.
I’m goin’ home
And when I wanna go home
I’m goin’ mobile
Well, I’m gonna find a home
And we’ll see how it feels
Keep me movin’
I can pull up by the curb
I can make it on the road
I can stop in any street
Inviting people that we meet
Keep me movin’
Let us get one of these versatile desks moving for you in your choice of 24 Young America paint colors and wood stain finishes. Start here and combine it with a Dana Nesting Media Chest (shown under the desk in top image) for added storage and a very efficient parking space.