With schools closed for the time being while they gradually phase in the various grades, parents could promote learning in their homes by mimicking a classroom setting through décor and design. Here are a few suggestions from RE/MAX on how to create an A+ study space.
Brighter room, brighter mind
Lighting is one of the most critical features of a productive study space. Add a desk or floor lamp if the room’s main light source isn’t bright enough.
A door that closes
Shut out loud noises, such as the sound of dinner being made or younger siblings watching TV, with a solid door that minimises outside sound. If a closed off room is not possible, then foam earplugs, a white noise machine or soft background music can help fight encroaching buzz.
Make the room a phone-free zone so games and social media are not within reach. If there is a TV in the room, take the remote during study time to reduce temptation. Piles of toys, clothes or paper can also distract children from doing their homework. Help them focus by keeping the space clutter-free.
The colour of the room can affect children’s ability to concentrate. Primary school-aged children do best when surrounded by warmer colours, like yellow and peach, while older students focus best with cooler hues, like blues and greens, according to psychological colour studies.
Talk to your child
Perhaps the most important factor in creating a great study space is finding out your child’s unique preferences. You might love the expensive ergonomically correct chair, but your kid might find it easier to read for long periods of time from a beanbag chair on the floor.