The Italian Reggio Emilia approach, an educational philosophy and pedagogy, teaches us that the environment of a child functions as the third teacher. Just after the parents and educators when it comes to importance. And it’s true! For a child to flourish it’ll need reliable, fresh, and engaging input – and a well-organised and designed room can help accomplish that. By creating a fantastic learning environment in your kid’s room can spark and fuel curiosity, foster creativity, and pave the way for a lifelong love of learning. It sounds a lot – but it’s not too difficult to get there.
The psychology of colour is a powerful, first tool when designing a learning space. Aim for vibrant and stimulating colours such as blues, greens, and yellows, depending on the result you’d like to achieve. These hues have been shown to enhance concentration and promote a positive mood. but avoid painting the entire room monochrome. Consider adding educational posters and charts with bold graphics, too, to add an element of fun. Ask your kid what they are interested in – you’ll definitely find something for everything!
Ensure that your child’s comfort and focus are also being taken care of by investing in ergonomic furniture – which is of course also available for non-adults! A comfortable chair and a well-sized, designated desk will not only support proper posture but also create an important dedicated space for learning. Especially adjustable furniture is great, as it grows with your child, adapting to their changing needs over the years.
Let There Be Light
Natural light is an absolute game-changer for any learning environment. Position the study area near a window, to invite as much sunlight as possible into the room. Natural light not only reduces eye strain but also positively influences mood and productivity. You can complement natural light with a well-designed lighting system, including task lighting for focused work and ambient lighting for a cosy atmosphere.
Organise for Success
An organised space is a conducive space for learning. A tidy environment creates a clean slate for learning and progression, and a room, where everything has its place, can provide it. Invest in storage solutions like fitted wardrobes, shelves, bins, and baskets, to keep clothing, toys, textbooks, supplies, and learning materials in order. Teaching your child the importance of organisation from a young age can help essential life skills, too.
Encourage your child’s interests by incorporating elements of personalisation into the learning environment. You can display their artwork, for example, their achievements – or even simply their favourite book. Maybe even create a vision board together, filled with goals and aspirations. It’s a fantastic way to ignite their motivation and show them your investment and care. A personalised space fosters a sense of ownership and pride in their learning journey, too.
Of course, with our children being digital natives, implementing technology is now an integral part of education – and one that should be taken seriously. Integrate it wisely into the room. You can provide a dedicated space for a computer or tablet, ensuring it is all easily accessible for both learning and parental supervision. There are fantastic educational apps and interactive programs on the market by now, to make learning an engaging and fun digital experience.
And last but not least, try to include as many senses as possible in the learning experience. You can include tactile elements like soft rugs, comfortable cushions, and interactive learning tools. A small, non-poisonous indoor plant can introduce a wonderful touch of nature into the room, promoting a calming and refreshing atmosphere.
Your kid’s room is their own little haven in which it will spend a good portion of its time – and we, as parents, can make sure that it is up to the task of being as supportive as possible. Remember, it’s not just about the physical elements, but also about foresting the love for learning. And surprisingly, it’s your own four walls that can help you achieve it.