Success begins in the bedroom. No really, it does. Your child’s success in school is directly related to the functional design of his/her bedroom. Ensure your child puts his/her best foot forward each and every day in the classroom. Begin by building a cozy, comfortable bedroom around the five ‘S’s’: sleep, study, storage, stimulus and safety.
On average, children need eight to nine hours of sleep per night to maintain their attention span in the classroom. Start by turning off the TV and giving your child a comfortable bed.
- Turn off the TV an hour before bedtime. Studies show watching TV close to bedtime increases children’s bedtime resistance, anxiety and their overall ability to fall asleep.
- Provide your child with a bed that is comfortable, convenient and that s/he will like. There are many styles and options to choose from – day beds, lofts, storage beds, bunk beds, etc… – but ultimately the bed must be one that satisfies your child’s tastes. For instance, decorate a bed with a sports-themed comforter for a boy. And for a girl, compliment a bed with a black wooden frame with a pink and zebra-striped comforter and pillows.
Providing your child with a fun and creative bedroom is only half the battle in making them star students. Now you must motivate them to study!
- Give them plenty of space to spread out and work. Make sure the desk you choose has adequate space to allow them to lay out their books, pencils, pens, paper, and markers. Look for a child’s desk with built-in shelving for books and supplies, or consider a long rectangular table.
- Hang a calendar or bulletin/dry-erase board over their desk and encourage them to use post-notes and colorful dry-erase markers. This will teach your children how to follow a schedule and alleviate any confusion of assignment due dates.
- Set aside a designated homework time for your child – after school or after dinner – and give them space in their room when they need it, and be available to help them.
School supplies in addition to your child’s hordes of toys equal a clutter nightmare! Prevent this disaster by outfitting their room with furniture designed for extra storage.
- Dressers, armories, bookshelves and nightstands are the obvious solution to solve the clutter problem. But be creative and consider a colorful ottoman with built-in storage space, a stylish storage bench or even a trunk that can double as a cocktail table.
- Encourage and reward your child for putting their things away and cleaning their room. These skills pay dividends when it comes to organizing schoolwork.
Kids will be kids … and what better place to be a kid than in your their own bedroom. Let their room be a refuge, a place for daydreams as well as sweet dreams.
- Allow a little leeway in choosing their favorite paint colors and bedding to let your kid’s personality shine through.
- Provide toys that stimulate their imagination like building sets, paper, crayons, or dolls.
Looking out for the safety of our children means they will sleep safe and sound, and we as parents will rest assured they aren’t in danger.
- Depending on your child’s age, make sure the ends of furniture are rounded and protectors are in the electrical sockets.
- Place a nightlight in your child’s room.
- To make sure your child is calm in their room, use soft colors or pastels to paint the walls or for decoration.
- Teach them to put away their toys and remove clutter from the floor. This will curb anxiety and prevent tripping over that race car and hurting themselves in a fall.
This advice will help your child do well in school, and you’ll do well at home by cutting down on the inevitable complaints about math, history and writing homework! Stop by one of Connell’s two locations and give your child the gift of a studious and beautiful bedroom!