With schools closed for the time being, parents are swiftly searching for a way to mimic a classroom setting in the comfort of their own home. Here are a few suggestions for putting together an A+ study space.
1. Brighter room, brighter mind
Lighting is one of the most critical features of a productive study space. Add a desk or floor lamp if the room’s main light source isn’t bright enough.
2. A door that closes
Shut out loud noises – such as the sound of dinner being made or younger siblings watching TV – with a solid door that minimizes outside sound. If a closed off room is not possible, then foam earplugs, a white noise machine or soft background music can help fight encroaching buzz.
3. Banish distractions
Make the room a phone-free zone so games and social media aren’t within reach. If there’s a TV, take the remote during study time to reduce temptation.
4. Consider color
The color of the room can affect kids’ ability to concentrate. Elementary school-aged kids do best when surrounded by warmer colors, like yellow and peach, while older students focus best with cooler hues, like blues and greens, according to psychological color studies. If you’re looking to redecorate a space just for kids, consider these pallets before painting.
5. Clear clutter
Piles of toys, clothes or paper can distract kids from homework. Help them focus by keeping the space, especially the desk surface, clutter-free.
6. Talk to an expert – your kid
Perhaps the most important factor in creating a great study space is finding out your child’s unique preferences. You might love the expensive ergonomically correct chair, but your kid might find it easier to read for long periods of time from a beanbag chair on the floor.
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