Your baby is already very big, and the first school bell is about to ring for him. It means that the time has come to organize the future workspace. It is better to take care of this in advance, so that later the child will be not only comfortable, but also pleasant to prepare for the lessons.
So, what to buy and where to equip the workplace?
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Choosing the right place for the student’s desktop
Choosing a place where your child will gnaw the granite of science, we focus on comfort and related factors.
A student’s table should not be set …
- In the kitchen. Even if it is roomy, the option is not the best one. Firstly, the kitchen is a place not only for cooking, but also for constant gatherings, meetings, tea drinking, clarification of problems and questions, etc. The child simply cannot concentrate on his studies. Secondly, the kitchen is food, with which textbooks are completely incompatible.
- At the door. We discard this option right away. You cannot do your homework either at the door or with your back to the door. This location provides psychological discomfort for the child.
- Under a bunk bed. Of course, you will be able to partially save square meters, but the child is guaranteed discomfort. Psychologists do not even recommend sleeping on the lower tiers – “pressure” from above does not bring any benefit. And it will also be difficult to help the kid with the lessons – for an adult there will be even less space.
- In the center of the room against the wall. For mom and dad – a great option. You can immediately see what the child is doing. But for the kid himself – the option is not particularly attractive. Like an adult, a child is much more comfortable in a personal corner, where there is no need to hide notebooks from prying eyes. Personal space should be at least a little private.
So where should you put the table?
We choose a place based on the basic conditions:
- There should be a wall behind the child.
- The child should immediately see everyone entering the room. Or at least when you turn your head to the left (right). That is, the child should not look around to see the person entering.
- A bit of privacy. We create it either with the help of furniture or at the expense of a separate room. You can fence off the table with a bookcase, install it on an insulated loggia, set aside a separate cozy place in the bedroom, etc.
- A table by the window is a great option. But only if there are curtains or the ability to install the table a little to the left or right of the window, so that bright daylight does not blind the eyes, and glare on the monitor does not interfere.
- Daylight is a must! Is the child right-handed? This means that the light should fall from the left. And if left-handed – on the contrary.
- Away from the TV! So that the child is not distracted from the lessons and does not “squint his eye” (this spoils his eyesight). And away from TV radiation (safe distance – 2 m or more).
If there is not enough space at all …
- The table can be made folding (from the wall), but again with the possibility of privacy.
- If there are two children, then you can connect their tables with one partition (or a bookcase for textbooks) – both savings and privacy.
- You can build a table on a long tabletopdesigned along the wall above the pedestals. Part of the countertop is for household items, part is for the child personally.
- Extended window sill. In tiny apartments, this option is often used. The window sill is widened, lengthened, and a high, comfortable chair is placed.
- Corner small table. Convenient in small spaces. Additional shelves will not interfere with it.
- If you have imagination, the table can be installed anywhere in the common room using zoning space (color, podium, screen, etc.). Zoning the space of a children’s room for children of different sexes is an excellent design and convenience.
- Table transformer. It is also a good option, allowing you to expand the work surface and, in accordance with the need to change the height of the legs.
The right furniture for your student’s workplace
It is not enough just to buy a table for your child. It is necessary that this table suits him according to all criteria.
What do experts say on this topic?
- Required space under the table: width – from 50 cm, depth – from 45 cm.
- Work surface space: width – 125-160 cm, depth – from 60-70 cm.
- Table edge – at the level of the baby’s breast. When working at the table, the child’s legs should be at right angles, the baby should rest on the table with his elbows, and his knees should not rest against the table top from below.
- If the table is too high, choose the right chair.
- Legs need support – they should not hang in the air. Don’t forget the footrest.
- Table material – extremely environmentally friendly (including paint and varnish surface).
- With a height of 100-115 cm: table height – 46 cm, chair – 26 cm.
- With a height of 115-130 cm: table height – 52 cm, chair – 30 cm.
- With a height of 130 – 145 cm: table height – 58 cm, chair – 34 cm.
- With a height of 145 – 160 cm: table height – 64 cm, chair – 38 cm.
- With a height of 160 – 175 cm: table height – 70 cm, chair – 42 cm.
- Over 175 cm tall: table height – 76 cm, chair height – 46 cm.
Choosing a chair!
Should I buy a chair or an armchair?
Of course, the chair is much more comfortable: it is adjustable in height and backrest angle, and some models even have footrests.
But the selection criteria, regardless of whether it is a chair or a chair, will be the same:
- The seat should be comfortable and soft. If it’s a chair, use a thin pillow.
- If this is a chair, choose a piece of furniture with orthopedic functions.
- High stability.
- Smooth and firm back, against which the child’s back should be pressed tightly (this relieves the load on the spine).
- Materials are environmentally friendly. Check the quality certificate!
What else will a student need?
- Bookcase or shelf for books and notebooks. It is desirable that they are located in direct accessibility – at the arm’s length of the child.
- If the selected table will be with drawers – even better. In the absence of drawers, you can buy a couple of nightstands for the table. Choose boxes that are not too deep and bulky.
- Don’t forget about the book holder. Without it, a schoolchild is absolutely impossible.
Do kids need a computer on their desktop?
Today, in elementary school, computer science classes are already practiced, and already from the 3rd grade, many children even independently create the simplest presentations on a PC, but in the first 2 years you definitely will not need a computer.
Whether or not to install a PC for a child depends on the parents.
But remember that the maximum time to train on it at the age of first graders is half an hour a day!
If you nevertheless decide that the child should have his own computer, then let it be a laptop that you can take out for a certain time and then put it away again.
It should not be left on the table on a permanent basis – the child will be distracted from his studies. The temptation is too great to play another game or check messages on social networks.
Lighting of the schoolchild’s study space at home – which lamps to choose and how to arrange them correctly?
The presence of daylight is a prerequisite for a child’s workplace. But besides him, of course, you need a personal lamp – bright, safe, comfortable. They usually put it on the table on the left, if the child is right-handed (and vice versa).
How to choose a lamp?
- The light should be as close to natural as possible. We choose a lamp with yellow light – a 60-80 watt incandescent lamp. Don’t skimp on your child’s eyesight – energy-saving white light bulbs won’t work! Halogen bulbs for the baby are too bright – they should not be purchased.
- Luminescent also not an option – their invisible flicker tires the eyesight.
- Besides your own lamp, naturally general lighting of the room should also be present, otherwise the child’s vision will shrink very quickly. It can be a chandelier, sconces, additional lamps.
- Child’s table lamp design. Basic requirements: a minimum of elements. The child should not be tempted to disassemble the lamp or play with it. Therefore, lamps in the form of toys for first graders are not suitable. Various decorative elements in the form of crystal, etc. are also undesirable. They create glare, which negatively affects vision.
- Safety. The lamp must be shockproof. So that the child, while playing, does not accidentally break it and get hurt.
- The lamp must have a shade (preferably yellow or green) so that the light does not dazzle the child.
- It is desirable that the design of the lamp allows you to change the angle of its inclination.and the lamp base was carefully fixed to the table with a bracket.
Photos of the best options for a home workplace for a student
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