Keep kids focused with the right homework station!
Building a homework station in your house can create a learning environment for kids while keeping them organized. Use creative materials and relaxing colors to design your space. By including your children in this process, they will be more excited to occupy the space you create!
Pick The Proper Space
Encourage your kids to do homework in a space designed for them. You don't need an entire room with ton of distractions. Make sure the area is calm and low-traffic so your kids don't get excited when they see their beloved pet walking by or have some view of the television being turned on. Here's a list of items that should fill the space:
- Table or desk
- Enough lighting
- Internet access
Stock The Space
Fill the space up with items that your student might need or school-related items they can get excited about. By making sure they have the proper materials, they are more likely to get the job done with a positive attitude. If your study space is in the kitchen, try designating a cabinet or drawer. Here's a list of items you might need:
- Construction paper
- Coloring utensils
Keep Your Kids Motivated
Keep your kids motivated to focus on school by setting up a list of goals or “vision board”. The list of goals will keep them on track to complete the task while the vision board displays positive quotes. In addition to the positive thinking, rearrange the space on a regular basis to keep your kids on their toes.
Things To Avoid
The homework space should be about learning and finishing assignments, not about playtime or entertainment. If your child has a hard time focusing, eliminate distractions by removing computer or television screens. Never use the homework table as a punishment as your child could start to reject the homework table altogether.