that the kids have a home study space it is as important as classrooms in schools. In addition to favoring their learning, having a specific area to study at home develops their organization and gives them a sense of belonging, which in turn promotes their responsibility and the care of their supplies and equipment.
This is what the psychologist and educational consultant Nancy Patricia Cano, creator of @eduaccionwho shares some points to take into account when designing a cozy and functional study space:
Involve your child in the purchase of materials and resources that they will use
This increases his self-esteem, promotes decision-making in him, develops his negotiation skills and allows him to realize that his opinions are important to his parents.
The criteria to be taken into account are:
-Have the list of materials that the college or school has requested.
-Select the materials or resources that are suitable for the age of your son or daughter.
-Adjust the family budget. If your child wants a material that you can’t afford, the solution is to present him with several options that are within your budget and let him choose one of those.
-Locate the ideal space according to the availability of the home
-It can be any area of the house, where you put a table or desk and a chair. You can also use an area at the dining table.
Some recommendations to make it welcoming and promote their learning:
-Paint the walls with neutral colors.
-Allow your child to decorate the walls with drawings or phrases according to their interest.
-Use creativity, incorporating recycled materials and others made by the child. This helps them identify with the space, feel that it belongs to them and promotes their self-esteem. The recommendation is to buy in stores only what is necessary.
-Do not overload the area.
-Ensure that the area is free of noise and distractions.
-Ensure that it has adequate lighting and ventilation, preferably natural. Otherwise, it should be illuminated with cool or white light and use fans to cool the space.
-If you are going to buy a table or desk and a chair, the ideal is that they are adjustable so that they can serve as your child grows.
With this you will ensure that your child feels pleasant emotions and that the environment is in greater harmony. If the space has a window through which the plants can be seen, this is sufficient. Otherwise, you can put a plant or small animal in the study area.
Think about your needs
If your child has a disability condition or requires an accommodation, you must guarantee that the space favors their development, according to their needs. This will help you feel comfortable and be able to achieve your learning more easily.
Everything must be at your fingertips
Both the study materials and the decoration that you place in this space must be at the height of your child. This will allow him to manipulate the decoration, promoting his curiosity and interest.
If your child is under the age of seven, you can create a “literate environment.” That is, place labels with the names of the objects to promote a positive attitude towards written language. If he is a pre-adolescent or adolescent, you can place motivational phrases and change them as the year goes by or as the values that you want to work on and instill in his training arise.
Include some reading books that are of interest to them
Having reading books of your child’s interest will promote their curiosity to read them and develop their reading habit. These books can be selected by him and exchanged with cousins or friends as he reads them.
It must be a dynamic and changing space
As far as possible, the area should be able to adapt to the needs or projects that your child will be doing during the course of the school year. This will allow the space to be used for multiple activities and projects, both individually and in groups with their peers.
If you have more than one child and at home you only have one space for homework, you can organize it according to the requirements and needs of each one and define hours of use for each one. This encourages them to learn to share, to negotiate, to give in and helps them to be organized out of respect for the brother or brothers who are also going to use the area.
“Learning is multifactorial and favoring it requires that parents take into account various criteria in the organization and setting of the study area where our children are going to do their projects and assignments at home”Psychologist and educational consultant