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Making Your Children's Room Study-Friendly


Children will be more inclined to spend time studying in their rooms instead of watching TV and sleeping if they are comfortable studying. here do your children do their homework? Do they do it at the coffee table in front of the television, in their bedroom or in your living room? Or perhaps they do their homework at the libraries with some friends.

Ideally, your school-going child should have a proper room or space, where he is able to not only concentrate on his studies, but also feel comfortable and motivated to work in. The type of decoration, furniture and easy accessibility of materials are thus important things to consider when planning your child's study room.

Theme And Color

Be careful with having a theme for your decor that appeals to him for only a phase of his life. For example, some excited first-time parents might go for colorful, teddy bear wallpaper only to have them removed and painted over when the child reaches his kindergarten years. Instead, it might be better to go for some pleasant pastel-colored painted walls and put up pictures or decors that help stimulate your child's senses at his appropriate ages.

When he becomes older, you could either repaint the walls to suit his liking, or simply change the decors. Gaudy or overtly bright colors are not recommended, as they can be distracting and glaring. You want him to feel not only comfortable but happy being in that room as well. And warm pastel colors tend to have that effect on your child. Pictures of animals or cartoons will appeal to kindergarteners while those of their favourite superheroes are more suited to primary school children.

Furniture

Unless you are incorporating your child's bedroom with his study needs, it is not advisable to have a bed conveniently located at his arms length. The temptation to lie down to read (which is not ideal for their eyes) or take a snooze is always there, and this is one distraction he does not need! Opt for a desk or table that you can set his computer on and is comfortable to work at. It doesn't need to be large, just big enough to spread out his books and stationery.

If you wish to invest in an ergonomically friendly chair for your child's spinal health, buy one that is large enough to accommodate him at least until his early teens. Such chairs are expensive, so choose them wisely. Daylight table lamps are a little more comfortable to the eyes than bright yellow bulbs or fluorescent lights. Have one conveniently placed near the part of the table that they do most of their work on. Let them choose the lamp so that they feel a sense of ownership over that little item.

Space And Storage

A well thought-out special arrangement can enhance your child's organisational skills, academic learning and personal independence. If the room is shared between two children, it might be good to label their storage boxes and wardrobe according to their names and types of materials kept. If you have a kindergartener, a simple play and learn area with a colorful plastic table and stool helps the child adapt to some regularity of learning activities that should be both fun and exciting.

If children are too young to read, picture labels work well. Tape a picture of a shirt to the front of the drawer where shirts are kept; put a picture of socks on the front of the sock drawer, etc. Some DIY stores carry attractive drawer knobs representing different clothing items as well. Avoid large toy boxes, as they tend to become a junk heap of lost and broken items. Bookcases, plastic bins, and cardboard boxes work well. 

Clothing hooks and closet rods may need to be repositioned so children can reach them, allowing them to take care of their own clothing. Hand-eye coordination is enhanced if interesting things can be looked at and touched. Children can learn to make decisions if they can see a variety of toys and pick a toy from the shelf rather than from a pile (from a toy box).

Also, putting toys away teaches children how to sort out and match things up as well as making clean-up faster and more fun. Older children will need a more formal but comfortable arrangement of their books, stationery or even toys. Get a shelf that can double up to line both books and small toy figurines. Beds with storage compartments below them are also useful for keeping their unused items or toys.

They may need space to hang their proud artwork, or a place to display a collection they have started. You can help your child acquire good study habits by providing a space for reading or studying away from the television. Provide a bulletin board to post their homework and a special place where books, assignments, notes to parents and consent forms are put as soon as they come home.

Accessibility

Young children might not always be able to express this, but having furniture, toys, books, and clothes accessible to them helps them feel more secure and capable. Reachable drawers that open and close easily, a low table with chairs for coloring, puzzles or snacks; low shelving or storage units for books are all good motivators for them to keep house and study comfortably at the same time.

But put away idealistic ideas of turning your child's study room into a showroom. Active school-going children work on different projects and they like to leave things out in the open, where they are easily accessible. While the room will have your child's personal interests displayed, it can often look messy to adults. Of course, you would need a limit to what you consider as unwarranted messiness.

Computers are still a debatable item as computer games and the Internet can pose as potential distracters to their studying. However, older children may need access to them for projects, so you might want to install a simple PC without Internet access or gaming capabilities in their room.

Child's Input

Finally, seeking a child's input for the room design can be fun, and more importantly, helpful to your child's motivation to study. Let them decide what colors or cartoon personalities they like for their pictures and let your older child have a space for a particular hobby. In this way, you can get to negotiate better with your child over their privileges and responsibilities.

 

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