The Psychology of a Nursery: Different Kids, Different Needs, Different Rooms
Before building your child a nursery, think about the following questions regarding your child: What are some of your child’s strongest character traits? What determines his attitude toward the others? What brings your child special joy, and what worries or irritates you about his or her character? Consider those things, and then—let's get down to work!
If your child doesn’t feel lonely, if he is able to keep himself busy for the most part, it means that you are raising a “lone person” in your family. Lone people are thoughtful and usually have an even-tempered character; they often surpass peers in development. When growing up, a lone person turns into a talented student and reliable worker.
To create comfortable conditions for a lone person, it’s necessary to divide a room into two functional zones: his own private space and a place “for strangers" or other people. Use the podium’s division technique: divide a room into two parts, and in one of the parts place a podium, approximately 50-60 inches high. Let the podium be partially bladdery: you may push the boxes with toys under it.
Transform the bottom section into a “game zone:” for a boy, darts, sports equipment or other games they can play with others will do fine. It is not advisable to overload the game zone with furniture. You may use a floor rug with an interesting pattern such as a football field or a city with roads, houses and trees. The sofa can be replaced with pillows of a firm material.
If your lone person is a girl, emphasize coziness and femininity. In the bottom section, place a small table and miniature armchairs. A girl will enjoy meeting her friends and playing with them if she feels in charge of her miniature “salon.”
Another good idea for this “private zone” is a bed-attic. If you close the space under it using a screen or canopy, it will become a secluded “house.” The imagination of a lone child will easily transform it into a rocket, wigwam or a burrow. You may use other design elements to confirm a child’s ownership of the private space. Consider hanging up a “No Admittance” sign on the door.
You don’t know what to expect from your child one moment to the next? The neighbors complain about your child’s behavior? This could mean that in your family you never have a dull moment: a fidgin is growing up among you. Fidgins are usually jovial and are the main ringleaders of their friends and peers. They might provide a fair amount of trouble and worry to the child’s tutors and teachers. If you create comfortable conditions for the child’s development, he will have every chance to become a leader, a pioneer, and a winner.
The functional zoning method will suit a fidget as well. The nap area should be of a quiet color palette, in soft, passive tones. Light blue is perceived as a color of freshness and rest and induces thinking and reflection. Green removes irritability and weariness, while promoting discipline and self-control. Also, don’t underestimate the relaxing affects of color and texture when choosing a floor covering. Natural, earthy materials such as wood or wicker are good for fidgins as they have a relaxing effect.
Fidgin need a safe, healthy outlet for their high level of energy. They need athletics, including traditional and nontraditional activities for our children. The gymnastic ladder, horizontal bar, rings, a rope ladder up to the second floor of a bed, a bed with a chute, armchairs, and even swings suspended from the ceiling would be a paradise for Fidgins.
Absent-minded children have a hard time. They are often bothered by their brighter peers, and are often treated poorly by tutors and teachers. An absent-minded child has a rich inward life and a well-developed imagination, and is generally very creative. Absent-minded children often turn out to be creative adults with a feeling of inner freedom.
When creating a nursery for an absent-minded child, make sure you provide a workplace so that a child doesn’t get distracted. Separate the desk from the game zone. Put a desk on a rather high podium with a ladder: it will intensify the sensation of isolation. It is possible to hide boxes within the steps as well.
The interior should incline a child to work, which is why it is wise to supply the room with visual aids in the form of large clocks, a map of the world or a native city, a constellation map or a calendar. Also consider providing charts with various tables: a table of measures and scales, a table of multiplication and the alphabet. A special reminder board will be also useful. Using magnets or buttons you can put various pieces of information that will help a child who struggles with disorderliness.
Avoid an abundance of accessories; the best solution is minimalism and hi-tech. Color the room in monochromatic schemes—too many different colors is distracting. Keep a good supply of various containers in the
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