If you plan to set up a study area for your child in the bedroom, you will need to make a few changes, to make sure that your child has a space that is functional too, rather than just sleep inducing.
Make space for a formal study table-
There is no solid study without a study table. The seating matters tremendously, especially when it comes to children. Seating affects posture, which in turn affects health, and ill health leads to low attention span. Not surprisingly, research has also shown that using a study desk is directly related to a child's academic performance. So, a study desk is a must. If making space is difficult, with the study table getting in the way of the TV, consider getting a hidden TV lift cabinet
. There are hidden TV lift cabinets that are made specifically to house the TV at the foot of the bed, freeing up space elsewhere.
Do away with distractions-
The greatest challenge of setting up a remote study area is to keep it distraction free. As screen and Zoom call fatigue builds up, children find it difficult to focus on studies. And if they happen to have a TV in the room, the problem grows ten times! All it takes is a single glance at the TV to get distracted from studies. Bring in a hidden TV lift cabinet. The hidden TV lift cabinet completely hides the TV and puts it out of sight, making it easier for children to stay focused. Also, the hidden TV lift cabinet
comes in so many textures and colors that you won’t have any trouble choosing one that goes perfectly well with the existing room decor.
Remote study involves a great deal of screen usage. Extensive exposure to the screen affects the eyes, leading to chronic headaches and tired eyes. As parents, we need to minimize this exposure, and reduce the side-effects by taking small measures like using anti-glare glasses and placing the study table at a spot that does not have any back light falling onto the screen, and reflecting into the child’s eyes. So, place the study table facing a source of light, like a window. The more the natural light, the better. That will also ensure that the screen is facing you, allowing you to keep a check on the child’s online activities.
Make room for activity spots, appreciation corners-
Natural materials- A remote study area shouldn’t be completely drab and dreary. Add some fun to it. Give the child a space that is a designated ‘fun zone’. Set up a small work area for creative (and possibly messy) projects. Also put up a flannel board to help the child showcase the creative outcome of the projects. It is important to connect a learning space with a strong element of fun and appreciation. Children lose interest fast, and this is a tried and tested strategy to keep them motivated.
Each space is versatile, no matter how tiny it is. If the times demand repurposing the space, all you need to do is think smart and move things around a bit. It certainly isn’t as hard as you think. A few changes can go a long way in making your child’s life easier, and of course in the long run, yours too!