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Designing Study Areas for Your Kids

Now that the summer is over and school is back in session (for most of us at least), it’s time to think about the dreaded homework scenario for your kids. Since doing homework is a vital part of their education, I think it’s really important to have a dedicated area in your home for the kids – of all ages -- to do their homework.

This is especially important to teens. Although the usual spot for studying may have been the kitchen table, teens need another area of the home that can be quiet for studying and provide a decent amount of space to “spread out.”

If the space in your home is limited, then a folding screen or divider, even a bookcase, can offer some privacy or divide the space between the other areas of the room and the study space.
Here are some ideas when you’re designing your kid’s study area:
A computer desk is essential these days – and, if possible a good-sized one so that they can spread out their books, folders and other homework materials. Of course, a desk chair that provides good back support (and I like the ones on wheels) is another essential item.
Good lighting is very important in the study area – provided by a desk lamp (task lighting) and, if possible, some overhead lighting and/or natural light as well.
Some other items such as a bookcase is very useful in organizing reference books and other materials that they’ll need. And since kids love hanging things on the wall, I think a cork board or memo board over their desk is a nice addition so they can post notes, calendars, or messages.
So…there are some ideas for the study area. I’ll talk about decorating the study area in my next blog.
If you have any specific questions you’d like to ask me, feel free to e-mail me at AGoodeStart@hotmail.com or post your question under my blog.
Until next time, Happy Decorating!!

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