Proper ergonomics affect reading, writing and comprehension skills. These skills, in turn, affect the ability to learn and effectively participate in school. One way that students can improve their learning skills is to improve their ergonomics. While sitting slouched or curled up on the floor or on a soft sofa or chair may be more comfortable for kids while they are watching television and playing games, learning proper posture and sitting in an ergonomic angle will help them feel better and learn better in the long run while at school or doing homework.
Using ergonomic designs helps students maintain a position that optimizes comfort, lowers fatigue and maximizes productivity. By improving posture, students can reduce eye fatigue and raise reading comprehension. They should be seated in a comfortable chair with the desk, work surface or book at a 22-degree angle, the optimal angle for writing and reading. It helps the neck, back, eyes and wrists retain the proper positioning.
Students who sit in proper ergonomic positioning will have better physical reactions, such as a reduction in wrist cramping, back pain and heart rate, as well as lower blood pressure. Sitting at the proper angle reduces eye strain and fatigue, which in turn reduces the occurrence of headaches. When children are more comfortable, they are less distracted, retain information more readily and learn better overall.
Having an ergonomically correct workstation helps children improve reading and comprehension skills. Whether they are using books, laptops or a dry erase surface, an angle of 22 degrees is the most ergonomically correct position. Dry erase and magnetic writing board surfaces give students a fun surface to use that is environmentally-friendly and visually appealing. When these boards are used in school for workstations or at home for studying, students can maintain ergonomically correct posture while learning effectively. Slant boards at students’ workstations help them to have a designated learning area, as well as remind them to use proper posture. When practiced often enough, it will become a habit.
One way for children to improve their learning skills is for them to enjoy what they are doing. Games, activities and fun puzzles can help them to train their brains in reasoning and comprehension. Using slant boards for writing, problem solving and reading will help them to become more effective learners. These skills will stay with them through adulthood, helping them to develop into better educated and more productive adults.