A well designed space can make a big unlikeness in a child’s willingness and capability to study. Thinking ahead, we can create a space in which they feel comfortable, productive, and eager to learn.
Whether your child is 7 or 17, the elements of a desk area are the same: outside space, storage, lighting, and privacy. How you establish their room today will affect their study habits tomorrow. Teaching them that each item has a place will help them stay organized as they grow older. Teaching them to speak a clear workspace, their mind will be clearer and more focused on their studies. Learning to categorize and properly store their belongings, they will continue to speak a more organized space in the work place and at home, spending less time looking for things throughout their lifetime.
I was blessed as a child with a white Formica desk as large as my bed. It was both deep and long allowing me to have key items at a hand’s reach and fullness of outside area to lay my textbook above or to the side of my papers while working on them. It was also entirely open underneath, like a table, so I could move to one side or an additional one working on distinct things. There are a estimate of things to think when selecting a desk. My childhood desk had many benefits, but became less lively with the arrival of computers and former monitors. It could not withhold the weight and the keyboard was too high. The funny thing is now that flat screens and laptops are more common place; the desk is becoming usable again. Sometimes we can not foresee a change in tools, such as computers, but we can do our best to think the general needs of a child at assorted stages in life.
Older children are Learning many subjects at once and need to keep track of books, binders, and To Do Lists for each class. Some population like carrying one big binder and others like carrying a detach binder for each class. Having a space on the desk to prop up the books so they are descriptive and in reach will help your child remember what needs to be done and will save them time. The child should be able to switch back and forth between their computer, their textbook, their binder, and paper they are writing on with out lively the items. To perform this, the desk should be deep enough to sit with paper in front of you and a book above it and wide enough for a computer to one side and a binder to the other.
For younger children, think leaving an extra chair at the desk so that you can help them with out always taking the time to grab a chair. This will also keep them (and their things in their bedroom) and not sprawled all over the kitchen table.
Consider the tools needed for school at age 7 or 17, are they the same? Since most of us don’t want to buy furniture over and over again, Thinking ahead will advantage our pocket book and the study habits of our children.
Like other parts of the house, items should have a defined storehouse location or they will be out and in the way. Think about the items your child will need for homework and art projects. Group the items into categories and resolve the best way to store them (a drawer, a shelf, a container, a tray or cup on the desk). Young children need a way to keep assorted types of pens organized. Older children tend to have similar desk accessories as adults. Take a look at your own desk and see what they will likely need (stapler, whole punch, pencil sharpener, a place for files, a paper sorter – computer, lined, a letter/notes sorter). When they are young, buy furniture that will grow with them. Accessories can be purchased over time, but remember to pick furniture that will adapt them.
How good is the lighting in the room? Where is it in relation to the desk? Is there both over head lighting and a desk lamp? Your child will be doing lots of reading, writing, and intricate projects at their desk. Save their eyes and set them up right with good lighting. Position the desk in such a way that the window or overhead light do not cause a glare on the computer screen or such that they end up shadowing the light on their papers. Sit in the room at assorted times a day and try distinct positions.
In what environment do you work best – noisy, quiet, music in the background, population around? Our habits establish when we are young. Giving our child their own extra space to study will give them the solitude to focus on their studies. Retention their study space in their bedroom, they can set it up and speak it on their own and not be in the way of the rest of the family.
While many of us would be inclined to furnish a child with a hand-me-down desk or small nook well think about what their needs are going to be. The decisions we make today will have lasting effects. Keep in mind outside space, storage, lighting, and privacy as you begin to establish their space. Ask other parents if you can see what they have setup for their children, look at some magazines about setting up office spaces, and browse the aisles of your local office store for ideas.