I cannot believe this day is here. This morning I dropped my oldest son Jack off at his first day of kindergarten (his school is on a year-round calendar). He, of course, happily went inside and had no issues. I on the other hand was a nervous mess! I’m so excited to hear how his day goes when I pick him up this afternoon, I’ll be sure to fill you all in on how he liked it!
For the past few weeks you may have noticed I have had a lot of projects centered on the boy’s rooms, particularly for Jack’s desk area. With school starting I really wanted to provide him with a good area to practice his reading and writing as well as produce the volumes of “books” and drawings he creates.
I’d thought I’d share with you today a few tips for creating a child-centered learning environment.
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Tip #1 Privacy Ideally your child will have a private, quiet area to do their work. For Jack this is his room. With siblings and the hustle and bustle of five people in our home I wanted Jack to have a place all his own where he could concentrate away from the chaos of his brothers!
Tip #2 Appropriately Sized Work Area Jack’s new desk is larger than his previous table because I wanted him to have room to work. The surface area is enough for him to have a book and writing materials out at the same time which was impossible previously.
Tip #3 Display Area Children work hard on their drawings and school work so give them a place to show off that hard work! A bulletin board or clipboard hanging on the wall are easy ways to display the fruits of their labor and change out pictures often. I modge-podged a clipboard with scrapbook paper and hung it on the wall for Jack to allow him to show off his most recent works of art.
Tip #4 Lighting We have a lot of natural light in the boy’s rooms but a small desk lamp is in place for evening tasks.
Tip #5 Organized Storage This is so important, especially for younger children. Building good organizational habits really helps your child start off on the right foot. In Jack’s work are it took a bit of trial and error before we found the right system for him. It ended up being a pegboard hung above his desk with baskets and hooks for his various items. He really likes to be able to see his materials in front of him so a drawer system would not have worked as well for his needs…everything I put in a drawer he’d pull out. Since giving him the pegboard he has been maintaining order much better-about as much as I can hope for with a five year old!
Last but not least, Tip #6 Reflect Your Child’s Personality! This is not your space, this is not a magazine cover, this is a space for your child-let them have input into their decor. Jack really loves maps and flags so I worked that into his space. Its not the most aesthetically pleasing area in our home but HE loves it.
I hope these tips can help you in preparing a kid-friendly work space for your little ones. Do you have any other tips to add? Leave them in the comments, I’d love to hear them!
As a member of Clever Girls Collective, I was selected to participate in the Healthy Habits program sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and Colgate-Palmolive. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #healthyhabits #cgc