It is extremely important to create a relaxing and productive workspace or study station for your child or kids. Everyone needs to feel comfortable when they are to begin work at their desk.
Here are a few of my secret little tips to create a comfortable environment for them.
1. Create a Comfortable Environment
Firstly, you will need to ask yourself a few simple questions to understand the environment you will be creating:
- Will work be done on a kitchen table or in an allocated space or room
- Is there wall space to allow for pin-ups and shelving
- Where is the closest power point to the workspace?
- Is there an internet connection available?
- Is there adequate ventilation and lighting
- Can the temperature be controlled in the space (for heating or cooling)
2. Consult With The Students
Then ask your child/kids:
- What are their favourite colours?
- Do they like to listen to music when they study?
- What type of chair is comfortable for them?
It’s important to remember that to maintain focus and enhance learning we need to be physically comfortable and surrounded by things that make us feel happy and that are personal to us.
3. Apply My 10 Little Secrets
- Invest in a good comfortable chair (they will be sitting on it for many hours in a week)
- Add extra task lighting to the main ambient lighting ie. adjustable table/reading lamp
- Mount a large clock that the child can visually see. This will help them keep track of the time it takes to complete tasks and when lessons are scheduled.
- Make sure everything has a place and a space. Use containers or boxes that are clear to see contents or clearly labelled. Give everything an allocated space and ensure that everything is returned to the same space after use.
- Colour code everything in groups.- This is especially helpful when you have multiple kids. Give each one specific colour for folders, stickers or labels that will identify their individual belongings.
- Access to music can provide relaxation or motivation if needed. It creates an ambience to assist learning.
- Ensure there is adequate ventilation, open a window, turn on a fan or regulate the temperature in the room.
- Use your child’s favourite colour (or allocated colour for multiple kids) to accessorise. This may be used in containers for storage, notebooks, cushions, lamps, stationery and wall hangings.
- Where possible add a potted plant. Being surrounded by a little bit of nature is always nice. Peace lily’s are beautiful and are cleansing to the air quality. Hopefully, the kids will water it..lol
- Personalise the work area with photos or pictures that are of happy times or memories for the child/kids. Also include awards or special artworks that instil pride. This will evoke a positive thought reminder. You could mount them on a corkboard or Blu tac to a whiteboard or wall.
These are just a few helpful tips. You may find that you will need to re-design or modify the study space a few times before everyone is comfortable with the position and item placement.
And remember not too much clutter. Sometimes too much can create a messy mind.
With Love and Kindness
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