Is your home conducive to learning? Your child’s study space is critical to their success. Here are a few things you can do to create the ideal study space for your child-learner.
Evaluate Your Child’s Learning Style
Create a home study space that meets the specific learning style of your child. For many children the best place to study is at a kitchen or dining table. This is also beneficial to YOU (as your child’s first teacher) because you can stay involved in the learning process. Make yourself available to answer questions and recognize successful study behaviors. Encourage your child to discover solutions on their own- do not do their work for them! If your child is easily distracted they will probably require a more quiet space; perhaps create a study space in their bedroom. A study carrel may benefit. Of course you can purchase a study carrel. My suggestion is to let your child make a study carrel out of a large piece of cardboard- then they will OWN it. The study carrel defines the study space AND study time. Once the study carrel is displayed, your child knows that it is time to get down to the business of learning
Keep the Home Study Space Comfortable and Stocked with Supplies
Items to Consider Adding
- A desk or table and chairs
- A computer
- Reference Books
- A comfortable place for reading
- A large calendar to write assignment dates, tests, etc.
- Scissors safety or sharp
- Markers, crayons, colored pencils
- Pens, and pencils
- Graphing paper, construction paper, ruled paper, handwriting tablets
- A filing cabinet for student papers, tests, etc.
If the kitchen or dining room table is the designated study area for your child, put the school supplies in a bucket that can easily be removed from the space when it is time for meals.
Teach and Model Effective Study Skills
Introducing your child to effective study skills will result in successful lifelong learning habits.
Life is a test! Students take tests throughout the school year. I remember the dreaded POP QUIZ! Be sure to know when a test is scheduled so you can help your child study ahead of time rather than the night before. You also might need to remind your child to bring home the right study materials, such as notes, study guides, or books.
Teach your child how to break down overall tasks into smaller, manageable chunks so preparing for a test isn’t overwhelming. You also can introduce your child to tricks like mnemonic devices (any learning technique that aids information retention or retrieval) to help with recalling information ie. the Great Lakes= HOMES- Huron Ontario Michigan Erie Superior, I before E except after C or Spring Forward, Fall Back. And, taking a break after a 45-minute study period is an important way to help kids process and remember information.
Having a regular place to study at home is a key factor to your child’s overall success in school. Have supplies readily available in the home study space. Offer guidance, answer questions, provide support but resist the urge to provide the correct answers or complete the study assignments yourself. Learning from mistakes is part of the process.
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