Be it extra homework or simply getting stuck into a good book, all children need space to study. Creating a kid’s study room can be harder than it sounds; ideally you’ll want an area specifically for homework and studying to guarantee a distraction-free experience. However, if you’re strapped for space you’ll need to think more creatively about how best to utilise the surrounding area. Read on for tips and tricks on creating the perfect study space.
If the study area is to be integrated into your child’s bedroom, ensure that the bedroom is big enough to accommodate a dedicated study spot. A fully-functional study space will have the following features:
Study Station – One way to save space is by purchasing a high sleeper unit. These multi-purpose products work wonders at ticking all the boxes and typically include a single bed, bookcase, full length desk, integrated shelf hutch and notice board.
Large Traditional Desk – This is the holy grail of all study spaces. A sturdy traditional desk will serve as a base for maths practice tests and imaginative short story composition. Try to find a desk with space-saving drawers to prevent the surface becoming messy from excess books and stationery.
Blank Canvas Walls – The best way to ensure a proactive working environment is to make the surrounding area as minimal as possible. A blank canvas environment is the best way to eliminate procrastination and inspire the imagination. If you really want to add a smattering of character to the study space, add education enhancing decor such as atlas maps, blackboard wall stickers and funky light accessories.
To strike the right balance between work and play, be sure to create a reward scheme which will motivate your child to study long after the school bell has stopped ringing. Reward charts are an inexpensive way to show your child that they’ve done a great job. Alternatively, set up a list of goals such as 2 hours of extra study per week and reward the little munchkins with extra pocket money or a special day out once a month. These small gestures are a brilliant way to inspire study, bond with your child and introduce them to working life.
Strike the Right Balance
Whilst a good education is vital, it’s also important to strike the right balance between school syllabus subjects and creative self-expression. If your child needs to develop their maths skills, the chances are this is a subject that they’re not particularly fond of. Counteract this with the promise of an arty activity or game of football – let them work on their passions in equal measure.