School is back in session which means that homework has or will soon become a part of our nightly routines again. There are many things that can be done to help keep homework from taking over your home and help provide good study habits. Here are 4 tips to set up a homework station that will promote good studying habits and still keep an organized home.
Tips to Create a Homework Station in Your Home
1. Designate an Area.
Figure out if your student needs a completely quiet place to study or needs a little noise around them and then determine the best place for them to be. A desk in their room or your den or maybe the kitchen table works best. It could be that they need both depending on the project they are working on. Regardless of where their designated spot is make it theirs.
2. Clutter – Free.
My kids both do most of their homework at the breakfast bar or kitchen table. The only problem is when they aren’t finished when its dinner time. We solved this problem with hanging a magazine rack that can easily hold the books, papers, etc when they aren’t finished with yet when the table or bar area is needed. There is a slot for each of my kids and one for me where all the papers that I need to fill out or return to school can go. If your child is using a desk make sure to go through it with them and get rid of the items that aren’t needed and keep the top clear.
3. Stock Needed Supplies.
Make sure there are sharpened pencils, papers, and whatever other supplies needed in their designated homework spot. Since my kids conquer their homework in the kitchen, we bought a fun container to hold all their supplies. Having supplies close will keep them from breaking focus or adding to their knack for procrastination. Also make sure there is good lighting and if needed there is music accessible. Some background noise especially music helps with concentration.
4. Be Available.
I like having my kids do their homework in the kitchen while I am making dinner. That way if they need a little help or encouragement then I am easy to get to. I think it feels more at ease when we are all in the same room doing our own thing. I can see when frustration is setting in, when it’s time for a break or maybe an encouraging word, but also am being productive and stay at bay.
Homework adds another dimension into the household and can often be a cause for disruption in the calm, but setting up an area can help reverse that. Your students will have homework and items they are responsible for from Kindergarten all the way to college, so setting up a space to tackle it will promote good study habits throughout the years.