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Studying at home often seems like a challenge that’s impossible to overcome, and every child has a different learning style, but one thing is true for all of them: they need a dedicated space where they can study.
Homeschooling learning spaces often boil down to the kitchen desk, the couch, or the bed in your child’s room. But this isn’t the primary function of all those places.
Home study spaces for kids should be both comfortable and functional. They must:
- Be free from distractions
- Have easy access to everything you need for a study session
- Have the right lighting setup and temperature
- Be spacious enough
- Have supplies and materials at the ready
Here’s how to make your student homework study your child’s favourite spot in the house.
Engaging the curious mind
Homeschooling learning spaces are awesome because you can adapt them to your child’s preferences and learning style, making them a place where they love spending time and exploring different subjects.
Still, when setting up the study, you also have to make it a place of focus. Here are some tips on creating a homeschool study space setup that will engage the mind but also keep it focused on what matters.
Experiment with visuals
A home study is a stark contrast compared to school classrooms. You can make it much more colourful and bright (just don’t go over the top or it will be distracting).
Have a dedicated space on a wall for family photos that remind them this is a happy place, and set up an exploration corner where you can hang photos and graphics for different topics and leave hints on how to explore topics further.
Lighting and temperature
How much and what kind of light your study has plays a big role at how effective the study sessions will be.
Just remember how awful it is to work under bad lighting. The same is true for your child and their studies. Natural light is the way to go for home study spaces for kids, so have a big window somewhere nearby that will bathe the room in sunshine. It helps regulate the natural sleep cycle too! Use smart lighting options to emulate natural light on gloomy days.
How warm (or cold) the student homework study is will also affect your learner. Keep the study area in the 75°F range and keep track of how your child feels about it.
A good range spans between 68°F all the way to 79°F, so see if they like it a bit colder or warmer. Air out the area daily; fresh air helps with focus too. During colder months, make sure to humidify the air, and during summer months, keep it nice and fresh with air conditioning or ventilators.
A personal touch
The home study can be a perfect place to make it all about your child’s interest. Decorate according to their interests and passions – be it space, bugs or dinosaurs, or images of their favourite show’s characters (preferably showing the characters studying and reading books!).
Home student furniture essentials
A homeschool study space setup that will keep your students focused is equipped with ergonomic and smart solutions for workspace and storage.
An ergonomic chair
At home, you can invest into much better chairs than your child would get at school. When choosing a chair, make sure it’s the right pick for their age and has plenty of ways to adjust. It should have height adjustments to avoid slouching, armrest adjustment, and incline adjustment at the very least.
An ergonomic chair for your teen will help support the growth spurt and help them sit in a proper position while they are busy with their tasks.
You might want to look into stools for younger kids, especially if your child can’t sit still for longer periods of time, as they can still fidget around without having to get up at all.
Alternatively, you can go for a chair and desk combo, which works very well for younger kids. There’s also plenty to choose from. We recommend you choose a set with an adjustable desk that can be tilted to eliminate slouching.
The desk doesn’t have to be overly large but should accommodate a computer, workbooks, and study materials and still have free space for notebooks and writing, and some smart solutions for book storage. An L-shaped desk saves space while creating lots of it for the study.
Is your child a visual learner? Help them make sense of things and make their own mind maps on a whiteboard. It doubles as a big to-do list, a scoreboard, a list of their most recent achievements, or to write an overview of the next topic you will explore.
Home study spaces for kids can get messy real quick! A rolling cart for all the bits and bobs is a great solution to eliminate cluttering the desk. It can be within reach when needed and easily moved away when it’s not being used.
Beanbag for cosy breaks
Probably the best perk of setting up a student homework study is that you can make it so much more comfortable than any school ever could. Have a beanbag or two lying around for quick study breaks.
What tech does the home study need?
Many parents are still wary of putting too many gadgets into their child’s vicinity, especially when it’s time for homework and studying. But you cannot ignore the fact that all the tech helps with studying and learning important skills they will need as adults.
Instead of making homeschooling learning spaces no-tech zones, make a techy study and teach your children how much more they can learn and find out with tech.
Have a computer on their work desk. When it’s time for homework or study, the computer can be used for researching various topics and tasks. You can make it much easier for them by providing an external mouse and keyboard, preferably a wireless option. An external monitor will make it easier to research and study online.
If you can, get an e-book reader where you can put interesting literature and books that your child can read. It’s much easier on the arms as they weigh much less than most books.
A portable media player is not a bad idea for those children who like background noise when doing homework and other tasks, especially if it’s one of the smart assistants like Alexa or Google Home.
Leave some places empty
You can’t plan everything in advance, so your homeschool study space setup should have a few nooks and crannies empty to have room for growth and new interests.
If you enjoyed and learned this homeschool study space setup guide, also checkout our ultimate guide to set up your home office.