Another school year is here and although this time of year is the same, school is looking a whole lot different than it looked before. Parents are having to choose whether they will send their kids to school or if they will choose to keep their child home to complete remote learning or all together become teachers and homeschool. With these big decisions also come big changes. If your child is now going to learn from home, the next question is: How can I create a productive, kid-friendly workspace? Well, I have 6 tips for you that can get you and your child on the path to success.
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Tip #1: Good Lighting is a MUST
Good lighting is so important when it comes to any workspace and so much more so for a kid-friendly workspace. Dim lighting and even lighting that is too bright from fluorescent lights can cause your child not only to not be able to concentrate but can also have an adverse effect on their eyesight. Limited screen-time is a thing of the past for those who are schooled virtually. The mix of screen lighting and poor room lighting spells disaster for any dedicated workspace. So what’s the best lighting to be productive? Natural lighting from the sun. If at all possible, set up the workspace near a window and let that light shine in!
Tip #2: You Need a Stable Foundation
Children need stability as they learn how to navigate in the world and this is no different for their work station. A sturdy desk or table and sturdy chair helps to make sure they know that this station is specifically for working, whether that’s math homework or arts and crafts. Ergonomics are also important when it comes to your child’s workspace . Their chair should allow their feet to be placed on a flat surface while being able to support their back. Now it is not necessary to purchase a new desk and chair. I am all for repurposing what you already have. A simple solution would be to use an existing desk and chair but use a pillow to support their back and a small step stool for their feet. These basics can make all the difference in how productive your child is.
Tip #3: Time is of the Essence
Two things that may be overlooked but serve a significant purpose are a clock and calendar. You may ask, “ Why does my child need a clock and calendar?” Two words. Time. Management. Teaching your child from a young age that everything has a designated time period can help them tremendously. It can also help them understand deadlines and prioritization. These are skills that they will keep with them all the way into adulthood.
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Tip #4: Organize, Organize, Organize
Nothing helps a mind stay disorganized more than a messy workstation. Visible clutter in and around a workspace can make it very difficult for your child to stay focused on their schoolwork. Organization is key. Everything should have its designated place, whether that be on the desk or in a storage area. Small clear bins or a cubby shelf with drawers is an easy way to organize school supplies, while making sure it is accessible for everyday use. The easier it is for a child to reach the items necessary to complete their tasks, the less frustration for both of you.
Tip #5: Create a Distraction-Free Zone
I don’t think I have to tell you that young children have VERY short attention spans. Any and everything serves as a distraction for them, so in order to create a productive and kid-friendly workspace, the setting has to be just right. This isn’t limited to just making sure there aren’t toys in the area or too many physical objects to play with. This includes the location as well. The workspace should be located in a quiet area of the home not a common area. If total quiet seems a bit too eerie, background noise or music without words at a low volume can help fill the empty space.
Tip #6: Let Them Get Creative
Lastly but possibly most important, remember, this is THEIR space. I know it can be hard to let go of the control, but let them get creative on how the space should be decorated. Don’t be afraid to hang up some of their drawings around their workstation, add a fun, fuzzy pillow or rug, or even let them pick the colors to paint their workspace. Your child is going to spend quite a number of hours in this area. It is important that they feel comfortable enough to let their creativity flow.
Let’s be honest, the 2020 school year is going to be another interesting experience that we as parents can only be slightly prepared for. With these tips however, at the very least, our kids can be ready to start the year off at the top of their game.
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So tell me, what are some challenges you’ve faced with creating a workspace for your little ones? Can you see yourself implementing some of these tips? Let me know down in the comments!
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Until next time,