Homework is in full-swing in many households, and with it comes papers, pens, books and backpacks. If you don’t have a designated homework space in your home, this year may be the time to change that. Not only does a functional homework space keep things organized and tidy, but it may help your kids stay focused and complete their assignments even better than before. Here are a few tips to create the ideal study area for kids.
1. Think about your children’s learning styles
You may have a kiddo who can tackle homework anywhere and stays focused easily, or you may have one who really needs a quiet space. Or you may have both! Determine if each child in your home needs their own space, or if you can pick a shared area to designate for homework.
2. Evaluate your available space
Finding the right space definitely depends on your home as well. Take a look around and ask yourself these questions. Do your children have large enough rooms for desks? Do you have an extra area, such as a bonus room or shared home office where you could set up a homework space? Be creative in determining where you decide to set up homework headquarters, but it’s best to pick a place away from TV, the dining room table or the kitchen island where things can be distracting. Consider a built-in area as well…long-term a desk area such as this will go a long way in your home.
3. Create a useful space
Whether it’s a shared space or individual spots for each child, start with a desk that isn’t too large for your homework area, but large enough for your kids to spread out with books, papers and/or a laptop or tablet. Bring in all the necessary supplies – notebooks, highlighters, pencils and pens, paper clips, staplers, pencil sharpeners, scissors, docking stations and maybe a bookshelf. Use office storage and organizing tools to make sure everything stays tidy and can be easily cleaned up by the kids when homework is done.
4. Bring a little life to the area
It’s always a good idea to create some inspiration in the space. Think about adding some inspiring/motivating photos or artwork, use colorful cubbies or vibrant accessories, and set up a bluetooth speaker where you can play some study-appropriate music if that helps your child concentrate. And remember to make it age appropriate – a K-3 student’s needs for homework space will be very different for a junior high or high school student!