7 Tips for Creating a Productive Learning Space at Home for Kids

October 10, 2021

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Whether the kids are now back to attending regular school classes, or they’re in some respects still learning at home or following some sort of hybrid schedule, they must have a productive and stimulating learning space. 

If you don’t have enough space to specifically make a learning room dedicated to your kids’ studying, there are still many practical tips you can try that will get the job done. 

It’s not about how big or small the room is; it’s about how you utilize what you’ve got to make learning engaging and fun at home. 

Here, we explain why it’s so important for kids to have a productive space at home to learn, and then move on to give you 7 practical tips for making the best studying space for the young ones. 

Why a Stimulating Learning Space is Important  

You may think that as long your kid is getting their homework done, it doesn’t matter where they sit down to do it, whether it’s on their bed or on the cozy living room couch. 

However, that might not be an ideal space for a young child to learn. 

A dedicated study place at home can assist your child's creativity, focus, and motivation. When you specifically dedicate a space for your child to pass their learning time in, you’re eliminating distractions, helping them focus on the task at hand: studying. 

A sense of consistency is extremely important for children when they’re learning. Creating studying habits and routines that they can follow helps them stay motivated and learn about self-regulation. 

It’s Not About Square Footage; It’s About Consistency 

Short on space and budget?  

There’s no need to be discouraged; because it’s not about how much space you can give them or how much cool-looking equipment you can showcase in the room. 

The most important factor is consistency. Be flexible with your space. For example, dedicate a specific item, like a lap desk or a foldable chair, to studying, and each time it’s time to learn, you can pull out that desk or chair and set it up in the corner of a room. 

This way, your child can learn about continuity in routine and make it a habit of staying focus whenever their in that space, regardless of square footage and expensive equipment. 

The idea is to establish a distinct learning pattern and location for your youngster. At the end of the day, the essential thing is to demonstrate to your child that you value learning enough to make it a regular part of your household.

1. Make it cozy but not too comfortable

Try to keep the balance between having a space your child can be comfortable and relaxed in but not too comfortable that they fall asleep doing multiplications. The simplest area is to have a flat surface for their books, Ipads, laptops, and a comfy chair they can sit on. The rest is up to your child’s style and needs, which we cover below. 

Be mindful about their bed; we don’t recommend the bed as a studying location. Besides making it easier for the children to fall asleep, doing tasks other than sleeping in bed can make it difficult to fall and stay asleep at night.

2. Use natural lighting as much as possible

Choose a room in your house that gets the most natural light if at all possible.

Numerous studies have shown natural lighting to improve performance, well-being, and creativity in learning situations. The setting is more conducive to learning, the more natural light there is.

Don't worry if you can't find an inside location with natural light. Instead, make an outdoor learning area; simply make sure there aren’t many distractions or noise where your child can learn comfortably. 

3. Keep distractions to the minimum 

A room with too many toys, books, and materials might feel crowded and chaotic. Instead, declutter the area to create an organized setting; this will tremendously assist your child in concentrating on their studies.

Also, ask your children to turn off their phones (if they’re allowed to have one). 

You can try playing instrumental music to drown out other noises or to break the silence. Some people find this useful, while others do not.

4. Add variety to the schedule  

Children's minds develop and adapt rapidly, and keeping them interested in topics is not easy. So try to have some variety in their schedule, have different options to choose from, and rotate them every few weeks. 

For example, you can focus on most important preschool math concepts for a couple of weeks, then add something different like arts and crafts for a few days to keep things interesting. 

Providing a variety of educational options keeps childrens’ developing minds active and engaged. They won't get bored this way, and they'll be looking forward to their next educational excursion.

5. Keep the space organized 

Children learn best in well-organized, clean environments, so strive to keep clutter to a minimum. 

Try to keep the most-used materials available on lower shelves for kids, and add some sort of visual cue to the bins or compartments like color-coding or tags. 

It's easier for youngsters to chose what they want to play with when they have a well-organized learning space. It will also educate children on how to clean up and stay organized.

6. Give it some personality 

The main necessities of a learning space are simple. How interesting you make it, however, is up to you and your kids’ needs. 

Some like it colorful, and others prefer a plain environment with fewer distractions. 

When a learning space is tailored to a child's passions and interests, they will feel as if they own it and will be more likely to participate in and care for it.

Encourage them to assist you in decorating the room, and ask your kids to understand better and incorporate what they like. For example, you can use favorite cartoon characters, superheroes, or favorite colors to make the room more personalized. 

7. Reserve Room for Growth 

You don’t have to fill the whole space up with papers, and equipment, and decoration. In fact, keep some room for growth; the kids may have specific projects they want to display or find new things they like and are passionate about. 

The learning environment should not feel complete or crowded. Rather, it should feel like a place where your children can grow and discover new likes and interests as they mature.

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