We expect our children to enjoy the benefits of a safe, appropriate study area at school. The classroom is filled with books, research materials, and other items conducive to an expanding and inquisitive mind. School should be a place where our children can focus on their schoolwork and learn in a comfortable, hassle-free environment where they want to learn.
But it’s important for our children to also benefit from a similar study environment at home. Here's how you can create yours:
1. Set Up a Study Area
Even in you live in a small home or apartment, it should be possible to find a small area where you can set up a desk and a chair for your child to read, do homework, or explore their interests. This doesn’t have to be anything lavish. It just has to be in a spot that's set apart from things that might distract them. To reinforce it, encourage your child to use that area to complete their homework or when they want to get away and do some reading, writing, or imagining.
2. Have Books on Hand
One of the best things you can do is to have books in your house that will grab your child’s attention. Of course, you must be careful about the types of books, but as your children grow up they will be curious about a multitude of topics. As they age and become more confident readers, they will seek out books and the first ones they will gravitate towards are the ones on the bookshelves at home.
3. Play Educational Games
One of the great things about the time we live in, is the amount of educational resources available to our children. Not only are there enough apps to fill the world’s largest hard drive, but there are a myriad of learning materials for sale everywhere. It takes a discerning parent to weed through all the options and decide which ones are best for their children, but a quick conversation with your child’s teacher can eliminate a few. Another thing to consider are some of the board games on the market now. Some focus on coding, engineering, and other activities that can improve your child’s educational skills.
4. Make it Family Time
If your study area is in a common area of your house, make study time or quiet time an option for everyone. If your child sees you picking up a book and reading or working on a project, they will be more likely to devote time to their educational pursuits as well.
5. Restrict Screen Time
This probably goes without saying, but a study area should be free of televisions and any screens that are not used for educational purposes. Sure, there will probably be a computer or tablet, but parents need to make sure that the computer is being used for learning and not play.
6. Add Items to Spark Interest
Is your child interested in space? Invest in a telescope. Science? Invest in a microscope. Math? Invest in materials that will enhance their math acumen. In other words, purchase items that will appeal to your child’s imagination and disciplines that they are interested in. You don’t need to force the items on them. You’ll probably be surprised at how often they use it and the kinds of worlds it opens up to them.