By: Sarah Sitzmann, M.A., CCC-SLP
Is it difficult to get your child to complete their school work at home? Do you wonder how you can get your child excited about school work?
It’s all in the workspace! School is starting again and creating the ideal workspace in your home is essential to productive learning. Creating a workspace that is both somewhere your child wants to work and where they won’t get distracted can be a daunting task. Let’s follow these four steps to creating the perfect child-friendly workspace:
Choose your space!
Children are able to work better when they have a designated space for homework, choosing the perfect location is vital!
- Consider putting a desk in your child’s room or in a spare office/bedroom.
- Think about lighting! Placing the desk near a window where the child will have natural light is the best spot.
- Do not put the desk in a child’s “play room” or in an any area that is typically used for playing. If the living room is where the child keeps most of his or her toys, consider putting the desk elsewhere.
- Placing the desk in an area that does not see a lot of foot traffic is very important for maintaining focus.
Find the perfect desk!
Finding the right desk to fit each child’s size and age level is crucial to successful learning.
- The type of desk you choose should reflect the age and size of your child. It needs to be a flat surface where your child can firmly plant his or her feet on the ground.
- For younger children, ages three to five, I recommend chairs which allow you to create a table. With these chairs, adults can help to keep children secure while they are working!
Keep it simple & Organize!
Think about what the child really needs and eliminate the extras!
- Keep the items the child absolutely needs (e.g., paper, pencils) within easy reach of the child.
- The rest of the desk should be empty to allow ample space for the child to work!
- If a child insists on having the “extra’s” try and keep it below the desk or in drawers. Less items to distract a child means more time to focus.
Make it unique!
Children need to feel excited about their workspace!
- Think about how to make your child’s space unique, without taking away from the simplicity of it.
- Perhaps your child loves dogs, think about hanging a picture of dogs above the desk. If your child enjoys bright pretty colors, think about adding a cup to put fun highlighters in.
At Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center we offer FREE screenings for all of our services: speech, language, writing, math, and dyslexia. We have offices in North Liberty and the Des Moines metro.
North Liberty Office: 319-626-2553
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Our friendly and knowledgable staff are here to help! Please call in with any questions and we will assist you in any way that we can.
Sarah Sitzmann is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center. ETLC has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech language therapy and tutoring as well as offer a unique group, the Language Enrichment Academic Program (LEAP). At Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success. Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.
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