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Photos 1, 4 and 5 really don't work in the real world.
Photo 1 has three kids on bar-height stools. The area is too close for three space to spread out books and notes. And stools are uncomfortable sitting for an hour. A normal desk-height counter with a chair with a back and room for supplies is so much better.
Photo 4 has two kids crammed space again.
Photo 5 has a very shallow counter with barely enough room for a sheet of paper or a notebook, and certainly no space for another person.
Children need a quiet space with room for their books, notes, and pencils, plus a good light source with no shadows on the counter.
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Nice article! So true what so many of the comments have said. My angle is occupational therapy so I'd point out that you have to pick out a spot that works for each child's learning style and supervision needs. Most kids (and adults) benefit from "flexible seating" (yoga ball, stool, laying on floor, standing at desk). For kids with attention needs, studying under the dining room table or upside down is helpful because of the novelty and the movement it allows. Kids spend too much time being sedentary at school so encouraging them to go outside and play (cardiovascular play is best) for at least 45 minutes after school will awaken their brain so they can be more efficient when its time for homework/focus. Whatever place you choose for your child to study, be sure that their feet can touch the ground (the stools are too tall for the kiddos in pic one) and that their essential tools are nearby. Another tip is to offer crunchy healthy snacks (as appropriate) during study time. I find that offering a piece of gum helps during handwriting tasks. Both help with focusing!

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Karen C

We are in the process of setting up a kid study area. We installed overhead shelves and a central shelf/drawer tower to divide two workspaces. We bought height adjustable standing desks with foot swing bars (Alphabetter - ones that are used in schools) and just bought height adjustable stools with foot rests and low backs from Ikea. The desks are at different heights for different kids and they have the flexibility to sit or stand while they work. Still working on the smaller organizational pieces to get that all into place before the school year and have a place for paper organization as the year goes on.


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