Lots of effort goes into designing an engaging, colourful and inspiring classroom, but did you know it is just as important to create an inviting learning space at home?
A dedicated home learning space i.e. not the dining table, can help develop your child's creativity, sharpen their focus and increase their motivation to read an learn.
Here are a few tips on setting up the ideal learning space:
1. Make the space comfortable
Have a suitable desk or table to work at. This means:
Does the table and chairs match your child's size?
Can their feet rest on the floor or will it be left dangling? It's best if their knees are bent at 90 degrees and feet are flat on the floor when sitting.
Will you require cushions or a booster seat to make sure your child is high enough for the table?
Is their lower back being well supported?
Position the desk or table in an area with sufficient lighting. Research has shown lighting can affect a child's energy, attention and achievement levels. Temperature and noise levels are also important to consider. If you don't have windows or good lighting in your space, use mirrors to reflect more of the natural light in.
2. Reduce distractions
If the option is available to you, choose a space that your child doesn't already associate with other activities (e.g. the TV room or bedroom). Remember, the less is more rule applies here so focus on removing distractions. Too many toys, books and stationery and create a feeling of chaos. Whereas an orderly environment greatly help your child focus on learning.
3. Make books easily accessible
Numerous studies have shown reading or being read to has a tremendously positive impact on a child's development. So having bookshelves that is within your child's reach and stocking them with books encourages children to explore new interests and choose reading as a pastime.
4. Personalise it
Last but not least, one of the most impactful things you can do is to make it personal to your child. Make sure the space is geared to their interests (colours, themes) and encourages your child to learn.
A child's education at home is equally important to what is learnt in school. A lot of learning happens within your walls so make sure you create a dedicated space for learning to help your child succeed.