Is it true that “Living Room Studying” is a good idea? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

2017.10.06

Many moms worry about creating the perfect studying environment for their children. Until recently, most parents thought that they needed to provide their child with a studying desk in their own room. However, within the last few years, it has become popular for children to study in the living room where the family congregates. In this article, we will introduce the concept of “studying in the living room”.

幼児学習には「リビング学習」が良いって本当? メリット・デメリット

What is “Living Room Studying”?

Instead of buying a special desk for studying and placing it the child’s room, parents encourage their child to study in the living room where other family members are hanging out. According to research, one out of every two elementary school students do their homework and study in the living room. Many children are not bothered by the background noise and are able to concentrate on their homework in the relaxing environment of the living room.

What are the advantages of “Living Room Studying”?

1.They can study without being distracted by the surroundings in their room Children who do not like studying can often concentrate better in the living room. When these children sit at a desk in their rooms they are often distracted by their toys and other objects in their room. For this reason and also because it easier for parents to observe, studying in the living room is often effective for younger children.

2.Sense of tension & security
There is always someone else in the living room. As a result, the combination of feeling the need to study and the sense of security that comes from family member’s watching encourages children to get their homework and studying done.

3.Parents can observe their child study
When children study in the same room as their parent(s), it is easier for them to observe their studying habits and also grasp how much they understand and can do on their own. Parents can also help their child when they need it.

幼児学習には「リビング学習」が良いって本当? メリット・デメリット

What can parents do to help make studying in the living room more effective?

1.Don’t get angry
It is important that parents do not get angry at their children when they stop without answering all the questions. They may be trying to figure out the answer or just taking a short break. Please try to support them as much as possible.

2.Answer their questions whenever possible
It is important that parents answer their children’s questions even if they are busy with other chores when they are asked. This will show your child that you can be trusted and pay attention to them.

3.Don’t sit directly in front of your child
If you sit directly in front of them, they will be worried that you will say something and may become intimidated. If you plan to sit at the same table please try to sit next to them or diagonally across from them instead.

What are the disadvantages of “Living Room Studying”?

1.Sitting at the living room table is not good for your child’s posture
The living room table and countertops are not made to be used as a studying desk and sometimes have high chairs where children’s feet cannot touch the ground. It is best if the chair your child uses for studying has a back and allows them sit up straight.

2. Studying in the living room may lead to vision damage
Downlights are often used in the living room as the main source of lighting. As a result, depending on where your child is sitting, there is a chance that it will be a little dark in front of him/her which can cause a strain on one’s eyes. If this is the case, it is a good idea to have a small desk lamp ready.

3.Pieces of eraser may be left on the dinner table
After studying children may leave pieces of eraser on the table. It is best to separate the space used for studying and the space used for eating to avoid having to clean up every day.

“Living Room Studying” has advantages and disadvantages. Providing the studying environment that best fits your child’s needs is an important responsibility of parents. Please observe your child when he/she studies in the living room and determine whether studying there is effective for him/her or not.

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