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Creating a dream study space for your child

Now that school's back in session, it's time to think about helping your child with at-home assignments. Here are our favorite ways to assemble the perfect homework spot.

By GreatSchools Staff

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How does your child work best?

Sure, that fancy desk and chair you’re thinking of getting for your child’s bedroom seems like a good idea. But before rushing out to buy all the bells and whistles for a catalog-beautiful “dream” space, remember the golden rule of designing the perfect area: Create it specifically with your child’s personality and study habits in mind.

If he works best around people, set him up in the dining room, kitchen, or living room (for kids who sometimes prefer lying down to work, the couch doubles as a great alternate work space). If he’s easily distracted by clutter and noise, set up shop in a quiet, secluded space.

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

02/22/2011:
"This idea cannot be mentioned enough. My own grandchild uses the kitchen table. It really is 'her' study space. Before and after meals she can read, do crafts, study, etc., . The TV is not on and the space is quiet. Mom is not far away ... usually sitting on the couch reading or sometimes watching a bit of TV in her bedroom. If Dad wants to watch sports he can go downstairs and watch TV. "
12/21/2010:
"I totally agree with this article thanks for the advice!!!!!:)"
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