The Ultimate Kid-Friendly Study Area Quiz

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The Ultimate Kid-Friendly Study Area Quiz
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About This Quiz

Getting your kids to study can be a difficult task to begin with, and getting them to continue studying once they start can be even harder. But there are a number of steps you can do to help encourage better study habits, starting with designing a study space that is suitable. Find out what types of things you can do to best encourage your children's study habits by taking this quiz.
Why should you involve your children when designing a kid-friendly study area?
to help them understand that studying is important
The whole point of this project is to encourage your children to study. When they see that you are working to design a space that will help them, they will understand the value you place on it.
so they can get whatever they like best
because it will also teach them design skills

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What aspect of designing their study area should you let your kids choose?
furniture
layout
Allowing children to choose certain parts of their study area will give them a sense of ownership, but don't let their choices destroy the productivity of the space.
size of the television

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What is the ideal study area for a child?
a dedicated room
Having a room that is designed for studying can provide a much more conducive environment for your children's schoolwork.
the kitchen
their bedroom

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If you can't dedicate a special room for your child's study area, what is the next best solution?
a corner of a quiet room
No matter what, you want your child's study area to be free from distractions and dedicated to study and nothing else.
a desk in their own bedroom
a space looking out on the patio

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What should your child's study area face?
a wall or corner
The idea of this is to do all you can to minimize the distractions from outside sources facing your child.
a large window
a brightly colored picture

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What part of the house should you keep your child's study area away from?
kitchen
In addition to removing views that are distracting, you also should try to avoid areas of the house that have a lot of traffic. These, too, can be distracting.
bathroom
basement

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What type of eating should you allow in your child's study area?
none
If you prohibit your child from eating in the study area, it stresses the true purpose of the space -- doing homework.
snacks only
full meals

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What is the most important aspect you should consider when choosing a desk for your child?
sufficient space
With lots of books, papers, notebooks and probably a computer, your child will need enough space to spread out and work comfortably. A second desk for the computer is a good idea, if you have the space for it.
neutral color
storage drawers

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What type of chair is best for your child's study space?
a comfortable and adjustable one
While you want a chair that will remain in a position in which your child can write, you don't need one that will be stiff and uncomfortable.
a stiff and rigid one
an inexpensive one

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How can you help your child remember important school dates and homework that is due?
by giving them a standard office calendar
Many standard adult office supplies will be helpful to children, too. Simple corkboards and a good quality desk lamp will also help.
by keeping track for them and telling them in advance
by offering a reward for remembering

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