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A Good Study Area for Your Child

Posted on: September 14, 2009

Older children might do better to have private study space in their own rooms, but I suspect that the best area for younger students would be in a corner of the kitchen or family room.  If they develop good study habits while they are very young, you might just avoid the blasting stereo/ cell phone glued to one ear, and one hand feeding his face while the other pretends to be writing something routine!

Comfortable seating at a decent writing surface will be better for his posture than hanging off the back of a sofa or laying flat on his face on the floor.  And if he is comfortable, has everything he needs to study near at hand, and Mom is watching and available for help as needed, what could be better?  The smells of dinner cooking will only add impetus to his desire to finish his work abd be done with it!

If it is built into the kitchen counter area, make sure there is a shelf above it for his dictionary, thesaurus, and other books he might need for his studies. Either a fluorescent light attached under the upper cabinet, or a small task light in a corner of the desk top will do. You just don’t want it glaring right into his eyes.

If you can spare one cabinet, fill the shelves with cubbyholes or labeled plastic boxes to store his things in.  A comfortable chair will encourage him to stick with it until he is done.  If he  old enough to use a computer, having it in this area is good for you, as well.  You can easily keep an ey on where he goes in his surfing, without him thinking you are spying.


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