Homework can be a real point of stress during the school year and figuring out to help kids can be tough on parents. Instead of struggling for another year, why not make your home an oasis of calm amongst the chaos? Set your children up for success by creating the ultimate homework station with these quick steps.
Create the Right Space
This first step is important! Find a room or space in your home that works for your child. Be sure to choose a spot that’s least likely to distract and detract from the task at hand. A special study space (or “Homework HQ”) can make work more fun and help motivate your child to get homework done.
This tip is not only great for learning but also helps the wallet. A desk and chair that are clean in design have the ability to grow with your child, saving you from expensive furniture purchases. Add a throw cushion to the chair for extra support, comfort, or height and you’re all set! We also recommend having a spot where kids can hang their backpack and store extra supplies. By providing a specific spot for these places, you can set up a nice routine that helps keep track of all the different knick-knacks.
You’ll want to make room on the desktop for the basics. Set up an adjustable lamp, a jar for pens and pencils, and a spot for papers before getting rid of everything else! A neat work area helps to keep children from getting distracted which boosts their efficiency. Also, try creating an “in-box” and “out-box” so those important slips and notes don’t get lost.
We highly recommend that you hang a clock with large numbers near the homework station so that your child can stay on schedule. Encouraging them to be conscious of timing allows them to develop the necessary homework skills they will need in the future. Also, put up a fun calendar nearby to show your child how to manage homework and project deadlines.
Teaching your kids how to keep themselves organized is such an important skill. Tasks such as time management, tidying workspaces, and project preparation will not only help them with schoolwork but also with life and the challenges it brings as they continue to learn and grow. With this ultimate homework station set up, you’re sure to foster and develop the skills your child needs to succeed in school. For more tips and tricks around the home, be sure to follow Marina Homes‘ blog series.