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When my husband and I decided to homeschool our children, we wanted to provide them with a space that was conducive to learning while still allowing them the comforts of being at home. While I didn’t want them to feel like they were at school, I wanted to have a place in our home where school work happened and distractions were kept at a minimum.
Thankfully we bought a home with a large upstairs that offers a huge playroom area. When we purchased our home we had no plans of homeschooling but loved the extra large playroom. It’s kind of amazing how things like that work out. So we took half of the playroom and created a space that is not only functional but it provides them with everything they need to be successful while learning at home.
How to Create the Perfect Tween Study Space
Make a Plan. I never do anything without making a plan. I’m the type that loves making lists. My life basically revolves around lists and plans. With all that I have on my plate, it’s how I am able to function and get everything that needs to be done, done. Before heading out and spending any money, analyze the space you want to use, get the measurements you’ll need, and make a plan for your tween study space.
Get the Basics. This one is pretty much a given. You’ll need something to sit on, something to work on, and good lighting. You don’t have to go the traditional route like we did. Instead of a normal chair, you could opt for a bean bag chair. If you don’t have good lighting, stock up on eclectic lamps. Build your tween’s perfect study space based on their likes.
Make it Comfortable. Create a comfortable place for them to work and study. From personal floor heaters to seat pillows, make it a space they want to be while studying.
Make it Colorful. If your tween knows exactly what they want, allow them to lead in this area. Since I have more than one using the same space, they both had to make some compromises. We used a mix of their favorite colors and created a space both of them love to use.
Keep distractions at a minimum. Our tween study space is actually their classroom too. Although we homeschool, I’m very strict with their school work and hours. Keep their study space free of distractions, such as televisions, tablets, and games, unless they are used for learning.
When trying to figure out how to create the perfect tween study space, what works for me might not work for you. You obviously know your children better than anyone. Figure out how they like to learn, what helps them focus, and how they envision their study space and go from there.
This school year my children have been using Big Fat Notebooks during their study time. Each study guide includes the subject’s key concepts. What’s really nice about these are that they are written in a way that is engaging for young readers and draws attention to the most important details in the middle school curriculum. The bright colors are eye-catching and the doodles help the reader better understand what is being taught. Plus, at the end of each chapter there is a quiz to capture all that was learned.
Big Fat Notebooks have been really great at helping my children understand key concepts. Feel free to learn more about Big Fat Notebooks and see if they could help your middle school student master middle school!
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