A 2013 study led by the University of Salford School of the Built Environment, in Manchester, England, showed that classroom design can have up to 25% impact (both positive and negative) on a student’s progress during the academic year. This drew some attention to the issue of classroom design, but it also suggested that a kids’ room design is a factor in learning and acquiring new skills. There are plenty of things to consider when it comes to designing a stimulating kids’ room and dedicated learning space. In this article, we’ll discuss their importance, but also the best ways to introduce them into any kids’ room.
Start with colors
If the learning space is located in the room where the kids sleep, you should be really careful to create a balance between stimulating and not-too-stimulating environment. Separate a generously-sized space for learning, doing homework and other important activities and introduce colors that stimulate the mind and improve focus. Blue is considered to be the most productive color, but you should provide a sense of balance with tones that are calming the nerves, such as green and purple.
Make it spacious
Just as adults, kids don’t like to be trapped in confined spaces, and they especially don’t like to learn in such spaces. Don’t just push their learning zone into the first available corner of the room. Kids need a relatively empty space where they can play with their toys, color their coloring books, and do their homework. Make that area as minimalistic as possible, so that there are not too many distractions.
Include a workstation
Even toddlers need to have a desk and a chair where they can draw, color, do arts and crafts, and simply be creative. School kids need a desk where they will be able to study and do homework. The desk and chair need to be ergonomically designed for the little ones to be comfy while they are sitting.
Make it lovely
Kids love beautiful things, and they pay more attention to aesthetics than functionality. Give them both, by introducing nice design elements in accordance with their tastes and interests. Also, by using wonderfully designed soft floor rugs, you can also separate different zones in the kids’ room, ranging from the sleeping to the studying area. The kids will enjoy how they look and feel under their feet, and you will know that they are also contributing to functionality.
Nurture love for reading
Reading can be boring for kids if they are not introduced to it properly. If they are, reading can be a passage into the world of imagination and magic. One of the ways to nurture that love for books is to design a reading nook in your kids’ bedroom. A reading nook can be as simple as throwing a bunch of pillows on the floor and piling up books near them or as elaborate as building a window bench with storage space for books.
Keep the knowledge in front of their eyes
Some things that are constantly in front of our eyes have their way of carving into our minds without us even noticing. You can do something similar with your kids’ room, especially the walls. You can hang a map of your country or the world (it can be a regular map or something more interesting, such as a map of archeological discoveries), put an alphabet poster, etc.
Technology: yes, or no?
Many parents are categorically against giving their kids access to technology, at least until they start going to school or later. Others consider that there is nothing wrong with giving kids smartphones, computers and tablets. What is the correct answer? Computers and tablets can be very useful learning tools which use games and activities to help kids develop new skills and improve the already acquired ones. Introducing them into the kids’ room is a smart idea if you are planning to supervise how your child is using that privilege. If the computer is in the child’s bedroom, it would be better to opt for a laptop which can be removed before bedtime and placed in another room to avoid being a distraction.
Kids learn constantly and in different ways. All that you can do is be supportive and create an environment that promotes the desire for knowledge and ability to focus.
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