Tips For Back To School Spaces – Study & Bedroom

by shari on August 8, 2013

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The first thing to consider is finding a dedicated space for your child to study and keep their supplies at home. You may have a desk placed in their room or in another part of the house, like in a family room or home office. Dedicate this spot to studying and keep it free from distractions.

Yes, there will be times when they’ll need to work in other places. For example, if they’re working on an art project, they might work in the kitchen or in the garage. Regardless of where you and they choose, it’s important to have one main space for their school work.

Helpful Items in a Good Study Space

You can go wild and find all kinds of furniture and equipment to organize a workspace, but you don’t need each and every organizational gadget out there. You just need some basic pieces. You can then consider some of the extra items.

A good study space should have the following:

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  • A work space (either a desk or table where your child can write, draw or solve math problems): The space should have enough room for them to spread out their work so that they can keep the tools they need (paper, books, pen, protractor, calculator, and so on) at their fingertips.

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  • A good chair: You will want something that’s comfortable, supportive and promotes good posture. A bean bag chair, for example, isn’t a good study chair. Instead, use an adjustable office chair or other chair that’s the right height for the workspace.

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  • A place for books: You need a place to store the books they will use frequently, such as a dictionary, thesaurus, or atlas. Keep their school books close by so that they don’t have to get up and find their backpack when they’re working on their homework. Use a small bookcase, desk drawers, or shelves on the wall.

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  • Good lighting: You will need adequate lighting for them to see their work clearly. Sometimes, an overhead light is not enough, so consider a desk lamp or a floor lamp that shines light where they will need it.
  • Outlets: If your child uses a computer to do their homework or to study, they will need access to outlets in which to plug in the computer, even if it’s a laptop. You’ll also need to plug in their desk lamp and any other equipment that requires electricity.
  • Writing tools and other supplies: You might store your childs pens, pencils, rulers, protractors, and so on in a desk drawer or in a holder on their desk. Know what tools they will need to complete their homework and make sure they’re handy.

In addition, your child’s study space may include other elements that help them organize their work. Consider buying a filing cabinet to keep all their files organized into folders. Or you might create labeled boxes to keep their supplies organized and looking neat and chic. A bulletin board is a great addition. You can post reminders of upcoming assignments, including a calendar of key assignment dates. As another alternative, they may prefer a large desk calendar that they can use to write down assignments and test dates.

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Let’s not forget the importance of a good nights sleep. Adults are often overworked and overtired. Many don’t get the amount of sleep they need each night to support healthy blood pressure and clear decision-making. Adults often learn these unhealthy sleeping habits in high school when an increased class load and extracurricular activities cut into the time they used to spend sleeping. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that many children and teenagers don’t get the sleep they need. Sleeping is important for the health, development and performance of students and should be emphasized by parents and teachers.

  • Sleep is as important to a teenager’s overall health, as is healthy eating and physical activity. Without adequate sleep, children are more prone to having difficulty concentrating, trouble learning and challenges controlling their emotions and impulses. It’s easier to act out of anger, for example, when a person is sleep-deprived. It’s also difficult to retain information learned in class or through reading.

  • Experts from the National Institute of Health’s National Center on Sleep Disorders Research report that children and teenagers need nine hours of sleep each night. Getting nine or more hours of sleep facilitates alertness that leads to safety, learning and overall good physical health. People get between seven and eight hours of sleep each night through their 40s. Even from age 50 and older, experts still recommend getting at least six hours of sleep each night.

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