6 Steps to a Smart Study Space
A smart way to encourage good homework habits for your kids is to set up a designated study space that's just for them. Make sure it's comfortable, well lit and a little bit fun, and it will become a place they don't mind settling into with their assignments. Whether it's part of a home office you already have or occupies a portion of one of your home's living spaces, it needs just a few basic elements to fire up little scholars.
Choose furniture that's sized for kids.
It's tough to concentrate if you're not comfortable, so make sure the chair and desk are scaled to kids' proportions. An adjustable chair is a smart idea, since it will grow as they do.
Make sure it has adequate lighting.
Help protect your child's eyesight by establishing some focused task lighting on the main work surface.
Take cues from schoolrooms.
Celebrate the opportunities for learning that are all around by accessorizing the space with fun educational tools, like a collection of globes, some framed vintage flashcards or a colorful abacus. If possible, paint a nearby wall with a chalkboard finish, so they can practice math problems, writing and drawing just like they do in the classroom.
Include some display space.
A corkboard, shelves or cubbies are key so they can display favorite report cards, trophies, artwork or other accomplishments they're proud of.
Set up a spot for reading nearby.
A lot of homework includes reading assignments, so set up a soft, comfy chair with good lighting so they can concentrate.
Don't forget storage.
You'll need drawers and containers for the tools they use – writing utensils, notepads, art supplies, etc. – as well as deeper drawers and bins or boxes for completed projects that they want to keep.