(Written by Elena Morgan) It can be difficult to get kids excited about studying. As children get older and have more homework, it’s important to give them a space that’s all their own to complete their assignments and concentrate on studying.
Giving your children a multi-purpose study space with a youthful style can help him or her get excited about studying. Here are a few ideas to create a unique study space for your child.
Loft bed study space – A small room is no excuse for a dull study space. Use the area under a store-bought loft bed as a cozy study nook. This DIY creation consists of a plywood desk and a homemade frame made from strips of wood. Connect the desk to the loft bed frame for stability and add a pegboard to one side for additional hanging and storage. Your child will have room to study and store books and educational materials in a small space.
Fun accessories – Studying is more fun when kids can get organized with bright, colorful and unique accessories. Help stock your child’s study space with pencils in his or her favorite colors, notebooks with fabric covers, and funky and fun lamps. Adding an alarm clock to his or her space can also help your child commit to study time. Get his or her help to create DIY storage solutions, like woven ribbon baskets, a magazine or book holder made from an old cereal box or a glass etched jar for pencils and pens.
Cool chair – A chair is a chair, right? Wrong. Your children will concentrate better with a comfortable chair. Find one that is adjustable and can grow with your child – his or her feet should be able to touch the floor while sitting. Chairs are available in lots of fun colors, but buying one to fit in with a modern home decor can make it functional in a variety of rooms.
Writing board – Kids need a place to take notes, write ideas or keep track of upcoming assignments – especially kids who learn best by reading or seeing assignments in front of them. Buy a white dry erase board and some colorful markers and hang it near your child’s study space. Pin boards are another great idea for keeping kids organized. . One of the coolest ways to give your young students a unique writing surface is to use chalkboard paint to create a writing surface on the wall beside your child’s desk or on the desk itself! This can be a fun DIY project for you and your child, and will get them invested in their space.
Learn style spaces – Different children learn different ways. Local learners might need a highly-organized space with just the basics. A Kinesthetic learner might be more comfortable with a large desk space that allows him or her to move around while she works. Determine how your child learns and help his or her study space work with this learning style. You’ll find your child will be much more motivated and will succeed. Remember, the goal is a student who loves to learn, so however that might happen (even if it’s at the kitchen table!) empower your child to create a space that is his or her own.
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About the Author:Elena Morgan is an interior designer and mother of two. You can find Elena reviewing furnishings and products for home décor companies.