|Study Hall Is in Season|
Create a Home Learning Environment to Help Your Children Learn More Effectively at Home
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (August 14, 2007) – Internet, video games, music downloads and text messaging keep today's childrens' rooms full of distractions, making it increasingly difficult for some to focus on completing classroom work and studying.
According to home improvement expert and host of “The Money Pit” nationally syndicated radio show, Tom Kraeutler, “Creating a great visual learning center with colorful cues in the home will help children with memorization and studying, while reinforcing staying organized.
Fortunately, you can develop an at-home learning environment very cost effectively using many of the products you can find at your local office products and mass merchandise stores.
As an educator, the visual presentation and repetition of information are essential to the learning process – 85 percent of the learning occurs visually when presenting new, complex information,” Kraeutler notes.
Kraeutler recommends using colorful dry-erase boards and planners, along with bulletin boards, which don't have the dust issues of traditional chalkboards. These help students create lists for memorization, practice language skills, track “to-do” activities and deadlines, and reinforce learning by writing key facts on the board.
“Children, and generally teens', rooms are their ‘own personal space' When they have bulletin or dry erase boards, they are expressions of their personality with pictures of friends, movie tickets, art projects and badges,” said Peter Walsh, organization expert on TLC's Clean Sweep and New York Times best-selling author. “Quartet's variety of bulletin boards and dry erase squares can provide areas for creative expression of art projects and posting successful school results.”
Quartet is introducing solutions for today's parents who are challenged to create learning environments in their homes that provide visual stimulation, focused workspace, organizational tools and creative learning opportunities.
Quartet® recommends the following tips for effective at-home study spaces:
“The new line of Quartet products brings new and creative solutions for both busy parents and students,” said Marc Mann, vice president of ACCO Brands Visual Communication Marketing and Product Development. “We are happy to provide new educational and fashionable home décor options that meet several needs around the house.”
This summer, ACCO Brands is launching its new line of Quartet® lifestyle products in select Wal-Mart stores and other leading retailers based on leading color and home décor trends, as well as consumer needs. The company is partnering with Peter Walsh, organization expert on TLC's Clean Sweep and New York Times best-selling author, to conduct an educational campaign targeting busy households who need help getting and staying organized and keeping in touch with their family and friends. Walsh will be demonstrating how to create the perfect home office and use organization tools that blend in with your personal style.
The ACCO Brands Quartet® home organization and communication products are available at select Wal-Mart stores throughout the country as well as major office product retailers. For store availability, visit www.acco.com.
About Quartet and ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:ABD)
ACCO Brands Corporation is a world leader in select categories of branded office products, with annual revenues of nearly $2 billion. Its industry-leading brands include Day-Timer®, Swingline®, Kensington®, Quartet®, GBC®, Rexel®, NOBO®, and Wilson Jones®, among others. Under the GBC brand, the company is also a leader in the professional print finishing market.
Contact: Stephanie Kurtz