Setting Up a Study Space That Works for Your Child ... and Your Home
Having a designated, quiet space for a child to do his homework not only builds a sound structure for good work habits but (also) allows the child quiet time in his own space to learn good study habits.— Ava Carroll-Brown, author of "Where Is Your Mother?: A Simple and Suggestive Guide to Basic Etiquette and Simple Grace"
Es divertido hacer la tarea en el hogar Vanhooser. Todo lo que Parker, una niña de 6 años de edad, tiene que hacer es sentarse en una silla y acercarse a la mesa de la cocina en el hogar Olathe, Kansas y toda la familia participará. Mamá y papá, Mary y Aaron Vanhooser, ayudan a Parker con sus deberes cada vez que lo necesita; sus hermanos menores Nathaniel y Taylor hacen lo posible por absorber algo de conocimiento. "Su hermano y hermana están aprendiendo tanto porque les encanta sentarse y verla - dijo Mary Vanhooser - Estoy realmente preocupada porque mi hijo se aburrirá en el jardín de niños, debido a que está aprendiendo las lecciones de su hermana". Mantener los materiales de manera organizada me ayuda a que las cosas funcionen sin problemas. "Las listas de imágenes escritas, los lápices, crayones, el pegamento y tijeras tienen un lugar cerca de la mesa, para que ella no tenga que correr en busca de un lápiz de color verde - dice Mary Vanhooser - Eso la ayuda mucho".
Forma de organizarse
Experts agree the most welcoming study spaces are tidy and coordinated.
"Having a designated, quiet space for a child to do his homework not only builds a sound structure for good work habits but (also) allows the child quiet time in his own space to learn good study habits," said Ava Carroll-Brown, author of "Where is Your Mother?: A Simple and Suggestive Guide to Basic Etiquette and Simple Grace." "With no outside distractions kids can move into their space alone, sit down and get the job done."
Trateesha Taylor of Detroit can definitely tell the difference when her twins, 11-year-old sons Shareff and Jozeff, aren't organized. The pair do homework at the kitchen table, and their supplies are close at hand most of the time.
"When they remember to put their supplies back, it does help," Taylor said. "But when they don't, it takes that much longer to get back on track. So, now I stay on them to put everything back when they finish their homework so the routine works."
Creando un espacio de estudio
IKEA design spokeswoman Janice Simonsen says homework spaces should be crafted to fit children's needs and personalities. "Some children need a quiet working space free of distraction," Simonsen said. "Other kids thrive on interaction."
Regardless of personal style, some basics are essential, she added. "Proper lighting is necessary to prevent eye strain, especially when working on a computer," Simonsen said. "Students also need comfortable, adjustable chairs that grow with them when they grow."
Space to move and work is important, Simonsen said, as is sorting supplies in easy-to-find, labeled containers. For little ones who are learning to read, photos and labels help to reinforce reading and spelling skills. Supplies should also be easy to reach for the shorter set.
"Learning to thrive in an organized work space is a skill that children can use throughout their lives," Simonsen said. "It's about looking at how to improve your home so that it fits your life. A disorganized homework space can cause a lot of stress, but if you can figure out what needs to be solved and solve the problem, it feels good."
Los espacios de estudio y desempeño
Regina Hill-Maddox of Detroit has three school-age children and two homework spaces. If Internet research must be done, Angel, 11, Anwane, 9, and Autumn, 7, do their homework in the family room. Homework is also occasionally done at the kitchen table.
Whatever the location, something must be working. All of the Maddox children have "A" averages.
"We have the dictionary, paper, folders, notebooks and pencils all under the TV stand in the family room," Hill-Maddox said. The TV doubles as a computer monitor. "Without a computer, you are lost. And every year the school supply list gets longer and longer, but I stock up at the beginning of the school year."
Hill-Maddox said all the supplies are kept in color-coded trays. "Being organized really helps to save time," she said, "especially when you have more than one child. There is nothing worse than going from room to room looking for supplies. When we know where everything is, the kids can use their energy concentrating on their homework instead."
Multiple spaces can work for families with multiple children, Simonsen said. "The goal is to give children a sense of ownership. When kids feel ownership, they also feel a sense of pride and empowerment. This is why organization is a very good first step in education."
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