Now that your little genius is back to school and bringing home assignments, it's time to check in on the space you've set aside for completing them!
There are a number of important aspects to creating an effective at-home study space, but while the perfect colors and cute accessories are ultimately optional, these three factors aren't.
Good lighting is important for obvious reasons, to reduce eye-strain and ensure that your child can see clearly, but it also serves to create a sense of openness, relieving stress and increasing concentration levels. Keep these tips in mind when selecting and arranging lighting for your little one's study space:
- Avoid placing the desk directly in front of a window, as this can be a distraction. Instead, arrange your student's desk so that natural sunlight streams in from the side.
- Window or not, position the desk to face towards the inside of the room, rather than a wall. Facing the wall while working or studying (or anytime, really) can create a sense of closure that isn't conducive to studying.
- Lighting is best when it comes from above. For this reason, avoid short table lamps and aim for taller floor lamps or ceiling installations.
- Be sure to balance natural and artificial light, as the latter can cause sleepiness, which definitely won't get the homework done!
- If you have limited natural lighting, consider alternative options like cream colored paints, lighting that faces up and venetian blinds.
Another important sense to keep in mind in a study space is hearing. External sounds and noises can have an effect on your genius's ability to concentrate and grasp lessons, so remember this:
- Silence is usually best for smaller children when doing schoolwork.
- If your little learner does want music, opt for classical music or easy listening.
- Avoid using headphones, as this can be harder to tune out for focusing purposes.
- Consider using the sounds of nature as background noise. Studies show this reduces tension and stress.
Not surprisingly, productivity can drop or increase depending on temperature. This means it's important to get it just right in your student's study space. These guidelines should help make sure of that:
- If possible, keep the temperature at 77. It's the ideal focusing temperature according to studies.
- Avoid placing your little one's desk near the heater or air conditioner.
- If adjusting the temperature isn't possible, be sure to keep sweaters, blankets or fans nearby to keep your student at an optimal temperature for learning.